- Audio CD (November 13, 2012)
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- Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
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Little Broken Hearts, Norah Jones' fifth album, was created in collaboration with producer Brian ''Danger Mouse'' Burton, best known as the producing ace for Gnarls Barkley with singer Cee Lo Green. Jones and Danger Mouse wrote all of the material for the album together at the producer's studio in Los Angeles, and the duo performed all of the instruments themselves. This is their second time working together - Jones previously appeared as a vocalist on Rome, Danger Mouse's collaboration with Italian composer Daniele Luppi. The album's sound ranges from experimental chamber serenades to stark, electronic-embellished confessions, and is a sharp departure from any of Jones' previous efforts.
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This is a solid atmospheric effort that has grown on me. It is not straight up chill by any means, but many of the tracks can put you in a mellow groove as long as you listen to the music more than the lyrics (if "Broken Hearts" is a soundtrack about anything, it is for the story of a relationship's very bad end). Overall has a very vintage sound, but not an outdated one. I wish I had bought it on a LP as opposed to CD, I sometimes got the feeling it may have been mixed more with vinyl in mind.
Other reviewers may be giving the album knocks for not having super stand out tracks, and I agree, I don't see a lot of big hits coming off of this. But I'd still have to say this is her most complete package to date, even though many of the songs are short and you can listen through the entire CD rather quickly. "Out on the Road" and "She's 22" are the only songs I think I'll skip entirely, but it's interesting to wonder what double meaning might exist when she sings on one "I'm holding on to a thing that's wrong...but you like my songs and made me happy". She doesn't sound too happy on "Miriam", a beautifully melodic but lyrically vicious little song that will make you question whether that is a tear drop or a drop of blood on the front cover.
Any detractions based on a comparison to "Rome" would be unfair for a couple of reasons. One, although many may have wanted a "Rome II" with more Norah on it (I know I did), I don't think now that is what she set off to do despite me being fooled by the Italian movie inspired cover and Danger Mouse co-credits. But secondly, "Rome" was really more Luppi's baby than anyone elses. Until Norah decides to pair with him in the future (hint hint), probably the closest we will get would be the more funky, less chill instrumental version in An Italian Story (US Release). She does throw in enough film-noir inspired riffs here and there, and "Take it Back" sounds very similar to Rome's "Black" in parts (her favorite song from that album).
Musicianship is solid, her voice is great as always, and any production being done is for style and not a cover up ("Say Goodbye" for example is reminiscent of The Mating Game). While I don't think "Broken Hearts" will be a breakup album for her current fans, the lyrics do make it sound like she is ready to move on from some people she is no longer interested in trying to please.
In the end I think there is enough here for her traditional audience to like while she attempts to build a new one. Interestingly, or just coincidence, is that she released the album on May 1st (May-Day). A jilted lover's desperate last call for help, or a celebration of the spring festival of new beginings?
In eco-friendly packaging, contains a fold out poster with a picture of the album cover on one side and the lyrics on the other.
But even at that I truly think she is one of the best Blues entertainers we have around now,
I always enjoy the nights I load my CD player up with 5 of her CD's and lsten to them several times before I add more of her other CD's........ I have yet heard her do anything poorly....
A Classy talented Blues artist of this new century
Buy her you won't regret it.
Little Broken Hearts is her 2nd collaboration with Danger Mouse after working on one of his records, he produces for her this time around and together, they craft a nice collection of songs that fit together and are quite enjoyable. I will say that this is the most produced that Norah has ever sounded and while her last record, 2009's The Fall, was sort of a sign that she was going for a more atmospheric sound, this time it completly comes together or I guess you can say is fully realised. I enjoyed The Fall very much but I would say this record is even better and her best since Not Too Late. While the weird textures on "Happy Pills" may put some off at first, it has become a song that I really like.
Every song on this record is worth a listen. Songs like "Say Goodbye", "Take It Back", "4 Broken Hearts" and "Miriam" have become some of my favorite Norah Jones songs. As I said above, this album still has the same charm that Norah brings to her music but includes more production this time around but it's not too much that it distracts you, it's still Norah if you ask me.
While it may be an overstatement at this point, what makes Ms. Jones' music work so well is the simplicity in the songs. She's never pretentious with the way she approuches music the way I see it but still provides so much charm to the songs that it's hard (for me at least) not to be drawn into them. Congrats Norah on another nice collection of songs.
I just love her voice and her lyrics are always interesting. Good cd.
So now if Norah wants to experiment she should take up archery or search for the Higgs Boson or something. Norah is no Alanis Morissette, and her attempts at tearful bitterness and heated vengeance result in hackneyed rhyming patterns and monotonous melodies.
I admire you for your effort, Norah, and I hope the process was cathartic. But this one didn't quite come together, so channel your impressive creativity down another avenue next time. And feed us fans another one of your traditional albums once in a while as we cheer you on.