No Fools, No Fun [Explicit]

July 15, 2014 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Label: Blue Note
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  • Total Length: 50:07
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00KIGMNS8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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They keep it simple and fun.
Goodin
Norah Jones has an incredible range of musical interests and crosses over genres at will.
Joe
Great music by a beautiful and talented group of ladies!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Stolk on July 20, 2014
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"No Fools, No Fun” is the debut album by alt-country band Puss N Boots, consisting of jazz-pop singer Norah Jones, jazz singer Sasha Dobson and alt-rock singer Catherine Popper. It’s a mix of country, pop, folk and rock and consist in the regular edition of twelve tracks: five original and seven covers, of which three were recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on June 27, 2013. The album's title “No Fools, No Fun” is taken from a Johnny Cash song called "Bull Rider", which is also among the covers on this record.

The covers are, in order of appearance: “Leaving London” (Tom Paxton), “Bull Rider” (Johnny Cash), “Twilight” (The Band), “Down By The River” (Neil Young), “Tarnished Angel” (Roger Miller), “Jesus, Etc.” (Wilco) and “GTO” (Jeb Loy Nichols). Norah Jones is also the front-woman of the Little Willies, another part-time country band, but Puss N Boots is much more of a collaborative affair, with each of the trio contributing original tunes and the three ladies harmonizing and trading leads on the tracks, with Sasha Dobson on bass/drums, Catherine Popper on bass/guitar and Jones abandoning the piano for the guitar.

Highlights on this album were for me the Jones' original "Don't Know What It Means" with its train-track beat and rock & roll vibe, Dobson's languidly "Sex Degrees Of Separation," the folkish Wilco cover “Jesus, Etc.,” and they really rock on the live version of Neil Young’s "Down By The River.” The Amazon deluxe edition adds two bonus tracks: another Cash cover, “Cry, Cry, Cry,” and a fourth song recorded live at The Bell House, a cover of the 1932 evergreen “In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town” by Ted Lewis and His Band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Nathanson on August 23, 2014
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No fools here-- solid musicians including Norah Jones and friends-- but no fun either! Tempos on too many songs are slow and plodding. Alas, there are few moments of excitement or chemistry in this album. The harmonies are there; the sass is there, but even on the live tracks sprinkled through studio recordings, this album disappoints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Optimus Amazon Prime on August 1, 2014
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A great cd, except for one or two songs. Love the blending of the voices and the audacity of the lyrics. Best with headphones to catch all the small parts in the background, especially in the live tracks. Can't wait for more. Check the following URL for a good interview with the group: http://radio.com/2014/07/14/interview-norah-jones-puss-n-boots-catherine-popper-sasha-dobson/
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Goodin on August 7, 2014
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This is now of my new favorite albums. Tight harmonies and excellent musicianship. They keep it simple and fun. I've listened to the album all the way through several times and can't get enough of it.
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If the Andrews Sisters formed a garage band to play country it might sound like this. Inconsistent, but great fun. Norah Jones has a terrific voice, but I've never been terribly interested in her brand of "smooth jazz" pop. The roots-based result here is far more interesting and her "Don't Know What It Means" channels Johnny Cash beautifully. The sound is raw and this works very nicely with the sweetness of the vocals and delicate harmonies. It is true that some of the other originals are inconsistent and although I love "Down By the River," I'm not sure we really break any new ground here. On the other hand, their version of "Jesus, Etc." and "Twilight" really resonate. In particular, I love their choice of "Twilight"-- one of my favorite songs-- which makes me very uncool as Catherine Popper has noted.
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By Tom M on September 7, 2014
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This album more than met my expectations. Like some on Norah Jones' other collaborations, I had to listen to the album a couple of times before I started to fully apprecaiate it but it is a high quality piece of work and is even better than The Little Willies albums which I really liked. The difference is that all three ladies make significant contributions to the work and Their voices blend very well and the instrumental work is exceptional. Interestingly, my two favorite tracks were the bonus tracks. Cry cry cry is not new (it was a bonus track on The Fall) but listening to it again reminded me of my wish that Norah do a serious solo album of all classic country songs. Norah could do real justice to the Patsy Cline songbook or any number of other classics. In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town is classic Americana music at it's very best.
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By Edward J. Wenner III on August 22, 2014
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Great name, great concept, these superbly talented gals are definitely no fools and definitely ARE having fun. Great diversity in the repertoire; Norah's distinctive voice is kind of hard to fit into an ensemble sometimes but they've done it, this is great music that stands on its own. I'm partial to their straight approach to "Down by the River", a little dry but love the authentic tones and textures. But its just one musical avenue taken on this album, it has a lot to offer that should appeal to just about every taste. Hope Puss n' Boots hangs together for awhile, would love to hear more!
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By R. Williams on September 10, 2014
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First let me state that I like many different music genres, including country, rock, jazz, classical, etc. I particularly like vocal harmony like exhibited by the group Wailin' Jennys. This ensemble simply does not make the cut - any cut. Nora Jones has an excellent voice and I have several of her recordings. What she created in this CD with the other singers is painful to listen to. The singing is off key. The guitar playing simplistic. They sound like a teenage garage band!
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