No Fools, No Fun

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Puss N Boots began performing in N.Y.C. nightclubs in 2008 but didn't deliver their debut, No Fools, No Fun, until the summer of 2014 -- a pretty good indication that this group was intended as something of a lark. All three musicians -- Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones -- keep themselves busy with solo day jobs that range from in-demand supporting musicians to full-time superstars, but Puss N Boots affords the trio an opportunity to indulge in their shared love of country and other pieces of ramshackle Americana. Jones has another part-time country band, but where she's the frontwoman for the Little Willies, Puss N Boots is decidedly a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Puss N Boots began performing in N.Y.C. nightclubs in 2008 but didn't deliver their debut, No Fools, No Fun, until the summer of 2014 -- a pretty good indication that this group was intended as something of a lark. All three musicians -- Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones -- keep themselves busy with solo day jobs that range from in-demand supporting musicians to full-time superstars, but Puss N Boots affords the trio an opportunity to indulge in their shared love of country and other pieces of ramshackle Americana. Jones has another part-time country band, but where she's the frontwoman for the Little Willies, Puss N Boots is decidedly a collaborative affair, finding Jones, Dobson, and Popper harmonizing and trading leads, often within the course of a song. The group follows no straight path and neither does No Fools, No Fun. It's half covers, half originals, part live and part studio, the different parts sitting side by side, adding up to a curious record whose raggedness feels like a statement of purpose. Puss N Boots celebrates the moments that don't add up, the places where the present blurs with the past, delivering songs with a sly wink that camouflages a teary eye. No Fools, No Fun is never rowdy -- the closest it comes is the train-track beat of Jones' original "Don't Know What It Means" -- but there's an earthiness to the trio's chemistry that signals how deeply the group knows each other's strengths and weaknesses. This is where Puss N Boots' long history of woodshedding pays off: far from sounding like a busman's holiday, there's a shared past that's evident in every moment of this debut, and that natural, relaxed camaraderie is the reason why No Fools, No Fun is such an appealing listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2014
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 602537836055
  • Catalog Number: 002080402
  • Sales rank: 28

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Leaving London (3:08)
  2. 2 Bull Rider (3:39)
  3. 3 Twilight (3:10)
  4. 4 Sex Degrees Of Separation (3:17)
  5. 5 Don't Know What It Means (2:26)
  6. 6 Down By the River (5:29)
  7. 7 Tarnished Angel (3:46)
  8. 8 Jesus, Etc. (4:11)
  9. 9 Always (3:18)
  10. 10 GTO (4:10)
  11. 11 Pines (2:38)
  12. 12 You'll Forget Me (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Puss N Boots Primary Artist
Norah Jones Fiddle, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Catherine Popper Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Sasha Dobson Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Rodney Crowell Composer
Tom Paxton Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Neil Young Composer
Roger Miller Composer
Jay Bennett Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jeff Tweedy Composer
Jeb Loy Nichols Composer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Norah Jones Composer
Catherine Popper Composer
Sasha Dobson Composer
Joel Hamilton Engineer
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