Musicians have an inherent need to change things up every once in awhile; Norah Jones is no different than anyone else. People seeking the jazzy Jones that the world has come to know and love and don’t want to see her go beyond those jazz borders might be disappointed with her newest record. I, on the other hand, think it is a bold and fantastic musical reinvention for Jones.
Working with co-writers like Ryan Adams and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, you would be inclined to think Jones has gone indie-rock. She steps out from her piano bench and takes on guitar duties on many of the tracks including the first single Chasing Pirates and Light As A Feather, while she retains tiny hints of her past on It’s Gonna Be.
Although The Fall might not end up being her biggest selling record, kudos to Norah Jones for taking such a fearless (and in my books, successful) step away from jazz, even if this is the only record where she goes down this road.