Little Broken Hearts

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Exorcizing the ghost of a failed relationship via the time-honored tradition of the breakup album, Norah Jones luxuriates in beautiful misery on Little Broken Hearts. Liberated by the separation but not quite ready to let it go, Jones achieves a curious subdued tension here, dressing unadorned confessionals in softly stylized studio noir created with the assistance of producer Danger Mouse, who collaborated with her the year before on the collective Rome. Seeming opposites -- the classicist meets the futurist -- Jones and Danger Mouse are well matched, as both artists are not as set in their ways as their individual reputations would suggest. Jones began to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Exorcizing the ghost of a failed relationship via the time-honored tradition of the breakup album, Norah Jones luxuriates in beautiful misery on Little Broken Hearts. Liberated by the separation but not quite ready to let it go, Jones achieves a curious subdued tension here, dressing unadorned confessionals in softly stylized studio noir created with the assistance of producer Danger Mouse, who collaborated with her the year before on the collective Rome. Seeming opposites -- the classicist meets the futurist -- Jones and Danger Mouse are well matched, as both artists are not as set in their ways as their individual reputations would suggest. Jones began to drift away from the jazzy sophistication of Come Away with Me when she released the quietly adventurous Not Too Late way back in 2007, the year after Danger Mouse broke into the mainstream via Gnarls Barkley. In the ensuing half decade, the singer/songwriter continued to dabble in different sounds and styles while the producer streamlined his electronic eccentricities, leaving them to meet at the crossroads of Little Broken Hearts, where he wrings out the pathos in her songs. The songs themselves hold little mystery -- all motivations are laid bare, there are no twists in the melodies or detours hidden within the structure -- so all the mystique derives from a production that amplifies the themes. Occasionally, Danger Mouse piles on his signature murk a little too thickly, weighing down such spare sad songs as "She's 22" and "Miriam," yet his aural tapestries often lend the tunes a lilting melancholy they require and add dimension to the album's poppier moments "Happy Pills," "Say Goodbye". Conversely, by placing so much emphasis on the stylish ever-shifting surfaces of its production, Little Broken Hearts never quite sinks in emotionally. Norah Jones may be pouring her heart out but it's been given an elegantly detailed sculpture that camouflages her pain. Listen closely and its evident, but it takes effort to ignore the alluring haze and hear the songs that lie beneath.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2012
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099973154822
  • Catalog Number: 31548
  • Sales rank: 1,338

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Morning (3:17)
  2. 2 Say Goodbye (3:27)
  3. 3 Little Broken Hearts (3:12)
  4. 4 She's 22 (3:10)
  5. 5 Take It Back (4:06)
  6. 6 After the Fall (3:42)
  7. 7 4 Broken Hearts (2:59)
  8. 8 Travelin' On (3:06)
  9. 9 Out On the Road (3:28)
  10. 10 Happy Pills (3:34)
  11. 11 Miriam (4:25)
  12. 12 All a Dream (6:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norah Jones Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Joey Waronker Percussion, Drums
Heather McIntosh Bass, Cello
Jonathan Hischke Bass
Dan Elkan Electric Guitar
Brian Burton Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar
Blake Mills Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gus Seyffert Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Todd Monfalcone Electric Guitar
Sonus Quartet Strings
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Tom Schick Engineer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Heather McIntosh Cello Arrangement
Norah Jones Composer
Danger Mouse Producer
Brian Burton Composer, Programming, String Arrangements
Todd Monfalcone Engineer
Ira Friedman Music Business Affairs
Kennie Takahashi Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    I love Norah Jones' voice and have seen her live in concert. I

    I love Norah Jones' voice and have seen her live in concert. I never hesitate to buy her CD's so I was eager to get the newest release. At first, I thought I had the wrong CD. The songs did not sound like Norah Jones. I played it for my husband who also loves her voice, and he asked me who it was. Perhaps she has changed her style but she was perfect the way she was. We have not enjoyed this CD overall.

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