The Fall

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With The Fall, Norah Jones completes the transition away from her smooth cabaret beginnings and toward a mellowly arty, modern singer/songwriter. Jones began this shift on 2007's Not Too Late, an album that gently rejected her tendencies for lulling, tasteful crooning, but The Fall is a stronger, more cohesive work, maintaining an elegantly dreamy state that's faithful to the crooner of Come Away with Me while feeling decidedly less classicist. Some of this could be attributed to Jones' choice of producer, Jacquire King, best-known for his work with Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon, but King hardly pushes Norah in a rock direction; The Fall does bear some mild ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With The Fall, Norah Jones completes the transition away from her smooth cabaret beginnings and toward a mellowly arty, modern singer/songwriter. Jones began this shift on 2007's Not Too Late, an album that gently rejected her tendencies for lulling, tasteful crooning, but The Fall is a stronger, more cohesive work, maintaining an elegantly dreamy state that's faithful to the crooner of Come Away with Me while feeling decidedly less classicist. Some of this could be attributed to Jones' choice of producer, Jacquire King, best-known for his work with Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon, but King hardly pushes Norah in a rock direction; The Fall does bear some mild echoes of Fiona Apple or Aimee Mann in ballad mode, but its arrangements never call attention to themselves, the way that some Jon O'Brien productions do. Instead, the focus is always on Jones' voice and songs, which are once again all originals, sometimes composed in conjunction with collaborators including her longtime colleagues Jesse Harris, Ryan Adams, and Will Sheff of Okkervil River. In addition to King's pedigree, the latter two co-writers suggest a slight indie bent to Jones' direction, which isn't an inaccurate impression -- there's certainly a late-night N.Y.C. vibe to these songs -- but it's easy to overstate the artiness of The Fall, especially when compared to Not Too Late, which wore its ragged ambitions proudly. Here, Jones ties up loose ends, unafraid to sound smooth or sultry, letting in just enough dissonance and discord to give this dimension, creating a subtle but rather extraordinary low-key record that functions as a piece of mood music but lingers longer, thanks to its finely crafted songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099969928611
  • Catalog Number: 99286
  • Sales rank: 22,075

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chasing Pirates (2:40)
  2. 2 Even Though (3:52)
  3. 3 Light as a Feather (3:52)
  4. 4 Young Blood (3:38)
  5. 5 I Wouldn't Need You (3:30)
  6. 6 Waiting (3:31)
  7. 7 It's Gonna Be (3:11)
  8. 8 You've Ruined Me (2:45)
  9. 9 Back to Manhattan (4:09)
  10. 10 Stuck (5:15)
  11. 11 December (3:05)
  12. 12 Tell Yer Mama (3:25)
  13. 13 Man of the Hour (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norah Jones Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mike Martin Composer
Richard Julian Composer
Jesse Harris Composer
Ryan Adams Composer
Will Sheff Composer
Norah Jones Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Refreshing, Fun New Direction For Norah!

    One of my lady friends bought this CD the other day and we listened to it together the other night. Norah has taken a little bit more of a new turn in this new album, with a bit more of a popish jazz sound, but it is still Norah, and this new album is somewhat bouncy & rather fun actually. It's a nice listen for just kicking back on a quiet, cold winter evening, either by yourself, with friends, or with a significant other. The last track on the album, Man of the Hour, is cool. It's dedicated to her dog(s). It's a fun song. The whole album is fun, and a refreshing new edge for Norah Jones. If you like a nice, laid back, relaxing listen, definitely check this album out. It's good! For fun: Listen to anything Norah Jones around your dogs and see how they react. I don't know what it is, but they just simply seem to flock to the sound of it. It must be good. At least, that's what I've seen with most of the dogs I have seen listening to Norah. They love it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Autumnal

    I really love this new sound Norah Jones has found. Nicely done.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Still Norah

    A bit of a different sound/style but Norahs personality is still prevelant. Definitely a more somber mood on this album but if you are a fan I would recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    FALL, is the best since her first in my humble opinion.

    I was so surprised at how much I liked this recording. Norah Jones is indeed talented and skilled; but here she gives us intimacy as well. Beautiful work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    nice addition

    I am a true love of Norah Jones and this album is a simply her....not too much different then her other albums but always great sounds!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Norah

    A welcome change with Norah playing a lot more guitar. Same soothing qualities as previous albums, but still so different. I will be seeing her in concert soon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great album

    A great album by a talented artist. Love the whole album, but my favorites are Chasing Pirates, You've Ruined Me, and Young Bloods.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miss Jones

    I adore Norah's creative style, but this album is not my most favorite. In being creative she takes risks on playing with new sounds that sometimes for me can come across as trying too hard. Maybe it's just my love for the album that has the songs "sunrise" "come away" and "don't know why." It has a subtle heatfelt quality performance and is down to earth. Whereas this album is a little more soulful with a side of blues sadness. I always enjoy Norah's music, this one just isn't my favorite.

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