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Sultry vocalist and pianist Norah Jones developed her unique blend of jazz and traditional vocal pop with hints of bluesy country and contemporary folk due in large part to her unique upbringing. Born March 30, 1979, in New York City, the daughter of Ravi Shankar quietly grew up in Texas with her mother. While she always found the music of Billie Holiday and Bill Evans both intriguing and ... Read more in Amazon's Norah Jones Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chasing Pirates
2. Even Though
3. Light As A Feather
4. Young Blood
5. I Wouldn't Need You
6. Waiting
7. It's Gonna Be
8. You've Ruined Me
9. Back To Manhattan
10. Stuck
11. December
12. Tell Yer Mama
13. Man of the Hour

Editorial Reviews

2009 release from the best-selling singer/songwriter. Norah has taken a new direction on the The Fall, experimenting with different sounds and a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits and Modest Mouse. Jones enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partners Jesse Harris and Richard Julian. Musicians include drummers Joey Waronker and James Gadson, keyboardist James Poyser and guitarists Marc Ribot and Smokey Hormel. The first single lifted from the album is 'Chasing Pirates'.

Customer Reviews

This is a good album to listen to all the way through.
Ok, so Norah Jones is a constantly growing artist and this growth has taken her into a great new direction!
H. R. Daniel Guerra
I really enjoy the smooth electric guitar sounds featured in most of the songs.

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137 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Hayden R. Deck on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Overall Grade: A
Hilights: Chasing Pirates, Young Blood, It's Gonna Be, Man of the Hour

Since her major pop debut in 2002, Norah Jones has been fluffing our pillows and stoking the fires with her cozy hearthside tales and heartwarmingly hopeless romanticisms. At a glance one might think that the art for her latest release, "The Fall", which features our lady in a top hat and a snowy white gown sitting next to a large cuddly canine, would suggest yet another album of dessert wine pop-jazz. This is not the case. Instead, Norah sidesteps the "sweet" almost completely and heads into a more rock-based sound, for which her voice is perfectly suited. The direction is fresh and the pace is easy to settle into (with a pace set by "Chasing Pirates"). Though the album lacks a real kick-in-the-pants sort of song, it certainly delivers some of her best work to date. Expect less piano, more guitar, and the sweetest ending Norah could offer. Wonderful!
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This new Norah CD is being received as some kind of "beefed up" version of her music, or a "return to rock." I understand where that perspective is coming from. The songs are more rock/ roots oriented, but for me, this is not any kind of major departure from her previous stuff. First, she's still a singer-songwriter, and the observational and confessional style of song she writes (or co-writes) is still very similar to before. Second, while the tunes often have a more upfront electric guitar (one difference), otherwise they are still largely on the mellow side. A new song such as "I Wouldn't Need You," still has Norah softly crooning the lyrics over a slow tempo, with a relatively gentle backing band. Not that this is a bad thing! I would use the word "charming" to describe the singer and her music, and that's undiminished on The Fall. Compared to someone else in the roots-rock field like Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones is not someone who's going to bowl you over with her passion. It's more of a seduction than an "in your face" approach. All of that said, I've really enjoyed listening to these new songs, and I think I'll be enjoying them much more in the days to come.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rupert on November 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Norah Jones is one of those artists that hardly ever disappoints. I own her first three albums and enjoy them, so when I heard she had a new album coming out, there was no question I'd go and get it. Add The Fall to her string of great releases.

Unlike other reviewers, I really don't hear that much of a difference in the sound on here when compared to Norah's previous works. Sure, the bass parts are a little more evident, but they aren't overpowering. And there are plenty of introspective tracks, like "Light as a Feather", "December" and especially the two-in-a-row of "You've Ruined Me" and "Back to Manhattan". And I challenge any man to step to her after hearing "Tell Your Mama".

The only reason I knocked off half a star is because the canine ode "Man of the Hour" didn't do anything for me. But the rest of the album is great. I hope The Fall is supposed to refer to the time of the year (rather than an actual descent, as naysayers might want you to believe), but whatever the case, it's damn good. Pick it up.

Anthony Rupert
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By D. Ohnemus on November 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have loved Norah since her first album. I like to get on Youtube and listen to those unreleased songs like "Love Me Tender" "I'll be your baby tonight" and others.
Her first album was amazing, the second one had some high points and her third did too just fewer high points. But we still had Norah's voice which I think is her big draw. Listening to her is like laying in a warm bath with a glass of wine. Or next to a glowing fireplace. I just find comfort in that voice.
With this album I can listen to some but not all of the songs. Her voice seems to be behind the music rather than in front or even equal to it. You hear the bass and drums and have to strain to hear her voice.
So as much as I hate to do this I can only call this album average. If I heard it and didn't know it was Norah Jones I would never buy it.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Luke S on February 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Norah Jones has been the trusted modern artist that I could rely on for beautifully mastered albums without succumbing to making ever track as "loud" as possible. I hate to say it but that has all changed on this album. I do not know who mastered this album or who made the decision to master this CD loud \ compressed but Norah please fire them.

If you do not know what I am referring to or unfamiliar with the term "loud" in reference to the loudness war, please look up "loudness war" on Wikipedia and YouTube before you disagree with my opinion. Almost all modern artists' albums are mastered as loud as possible destroying the dynamic range of the music; this in turn makes them tiring to listen to and destroys the punch of pronounced sounds like the kick of the bass drum. I heard it right away when I listened to the first track on this album and was very saddened by this change. You can open any track in the free Audacity audio editor application and compare it to any of her older albums, you are in for a big disappointment.

My justification for ranking this 1 star is that this album is very tiring to listen to and you cannot make out what she is saying clearly due to the poor mastering job. What good is album if it tiring to listen to? Now I do appreciate her exploration of different avenues with this new album and as always think she is a brilliant musician. I doubt the mastering has anything to do with a decision she made but none the less, the decision was made and the result in unacceptable to me.
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it is a new direction calm down jesus....people have a right to change their sound!!!!!

you guys wanna repeat of the same stuff. thats boring!!!
Nov 17, 2009 by Thomas Toal |  See all 7 posts
Norah is a human being just like everyone else and curses like many people do. You can still admire someone and also recognize them as regular folks.

"Damn" imho is a the most mild of curse words and I could care less if she used it
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