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After playing live together since 2008, Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper have at last taken their collaboration into the studio. No Fools, No Fun – their debut album – will be released by Blue Note Records. The trio are known as Puss n Boots after flirtations with such monikers as Fangbanger, Dixie Fried and Shitstorm.

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  • Vinyl (July 15, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00JU3S5TG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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1. Leaving London
2. Bull Rider (live)
3. Twilight
4. Sex Degrees of Separation
5. Don't Know What It Means
6. Tarnished Angel (live)
7. Jesus, Etc.
8. Always
9. Down By The River (live)
10. GTO
11. Pines
12. You'll Forget Me

Editorial Reviews

After playing live together since 2008, Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper have at last taken their collaboration into the studio. No Fools, No Fun with the release of their debut album on Blue Note Records. The trio, known as Puss n Boots after flirtations with such monikers as Fangbanger, Dixie Fried and Shitstorm, recorded the album at Studio G in Brooklyn with engineer/mixer Joel Hamilton. 'No Fools, No Fun' includes five original songs two each from Dobson and Popper and one from Jones and seven spirited cover tunes, all culled from Puss n Boots live repertoire. The 12-song collection takes its name from the lyrics of 'Bull Rider,' a Rodney Crowell song made famous by Johnny Cash. 'Bull Rider' is one of three album tracks that Puss n Boots recorded live in June of 2013 at The Bell House. Over the years, they have also performed at the Bridge School Benefit, played stadiums with the Beastie Boys on the 'Get Out The Vote' tour and joined Wilco onstage at Madison Square Garden, singing background vocals on 'Jesus, Etc.,' a song that Puss n Boots interprets on 'No Fools, No Fun'. 'We had talked about recording for a long time. A listen to the live recordings of one of the Bell House shows gave us a kick in the pants,' says Catherine Popper. 'The record is a snapshot of what we do, warts and all.' 'Down By The River is one of my all time favorite Neil Young recordings and I've always had this fantasy of playing it and rocking the guitar solo,' recalls Norah Jones. 'I never really thought I'd have the guts to do it, but that's sort of what this band has always been about, trying new things. We always egg each other on, whether it was Sasha playing drums, or Cat singing an original song for the first time on stage.' 'We have always thrived on our live performance. We rage onstage,' says Sasha Dobson. 'It's exciting to think the positive energy that s created from this band could reach beyond a small club in Brooklyn.' 1. Leaving London Tom Paxton cover 2. Bull Rider (live) (Rodney Crowell tune made famous by Johnny Cash) 3. Twilight (cover of The Band song written by Robbie Robertson) 4. Sex Degrees of Separation (Sasha Dobson original) 5. Don't Know What It Means (Norah Jones original) 6. Tarnished Angel (live) (Roger Miller tune made famous by George Jones) 7. Jesus, Etc. (Wilco cover) 8. Always (Catherine Popper original) 9. Down By The River (live) (Neil Young cover) 10. GTO (Jeb Loy Nichols cover) 11. Pines (Catherine Popper original) 12. You'll Forget Me (Sasha Dobson original)

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Huge Norah Jones fan.
J. Brand
Their voices were crystalline and pure and beautiful.
SteveRI
They all sound good together and I like the music.
Sharon L. Sudano

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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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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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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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I'm new to Norah Jones and her band, having been dragged to a show in Providence RI by a friend. The sound was distinctly, and I think intentionally, "low fidelity" with the exception of the gorgeous vocals from these three ladies. Their voices were crystalline and pure and beautiful. Not often you find a band with three lead vocalists, but every one of these girls can sing! Their playing is restrained, even spare, and the overall effect is incredibly musical. Very impressed with this band and their debut album.
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