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Positive elements can't overcome the songwriting's general blandness,
This review is from: Little Broken Hearts (Audio CD)
(3 & 1/2 stars)
I always enjoy Norah Jones' singing, and I like what producer Danger Mouse, a.k.a. Brian Burton, has done with her sound on Little Broken Hearts. However, only three songs on the album really stand out for me: "Good Morning," "Say Goodbye" and "Out on the Road." The rest of the material has a sort of ho-hum quality that always threatened to move it into the background of whatever I was doing as I listened. Still, Burton deserves credit for an excellently produced album. He added little subtle bells and whistles that spice up the sound, plus some equally artful adjustments to the vocals (a hint of reverb here, a smidge of double-tracking there). The musicianship is also quite good throughout, including Ms Jones' own work on keys and guitar. Ultimately, though, what undermined my pleasure with Little Broken Hearts was that so many of the songs, all co-written by Jones & Burton, are completely unmemorable. Perhaps Norah is suffering a bit from "Ryan Adams Over-Productivity Syndrome." Maybe with all of her side projects (Little Willies, the Rome album, her acting), the focus on her own solo work was diluted. Whatever the reason, this new album is very nice-sounding but otherwise undistinguished.
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Initial post: May 1, 2012 7:45:23 PM PDT
There is definately some songs here that are just uninteresting. No matter what though, I will continue to buy her music, because I'm pretty sure the next disc won't be like this one. That's one thing I appreciate about her.
Posted on May 8, 2012 5:52:45 PM PDT
I completely agree. In fact I was coming here to write my own review after spending the afternoon enjoying the music all the way through but cringing at the lyrics.
I think the lyrics lack poetry, it's written like everyday English and also don't leave much room for interpretation.
However, like you say, the music and overall finish is great.
Posted on May 9, 2012 12:42:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2012 1:11:13 AM PDT
Charisma agent says:
I'm glad Norah is keeping herself defined as an artist rather then limited to a genera. I love her expressive vocals and unique style. I can't say all her albums are my taste but i'm glad others like those. From the previews there are several songs I'd like but I don't want to whole album.
Can someone tell me if the Amazon MP3s are Joint-Stereo or Full Stereo? Her '...Featuring' album was only Joint-Stereo. I know the AAC/M4a versions are stereo but they're also a bit more.
Posted on May 25, 2012 12:21:52 PM PDT
Cain Knobel says:
Norah's weakness has always been here song writing. To be honest I enjoy the Little Willies more mainly because the song quality is so much better, but I agree this a great sound to it. The songs are never bad, but sometimes they are just slightly above bland.
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