Norah Jones’ new album is ‘Day Breaks.’ It’s the first solo album from the multi-Grammy winning singer and pianist since 2012’s ‘Little Broken Hearts.’ Critics are having their say and you can see a roundup of reviews here.
It’s been four years since Norah Jones released an album. Her 2012 album, ‘Little Broken Hearts,’ received widespread critical acclaim. She also won acclaim for the 2013 album, Foreverly, a collaboration with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
In fact, looking back at the entirety of her album releases, one will find rave reviews every time. Her blend of traditional and contemporary jazz with pop music sensibilities has won her not just the praise of many critics but a loyal and fervent fan following. It all began with her stunning 2002 debut, ‘Come Away with Me’ which won a staggering eight Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and Best New Artist.
Now five critically acclaimed albums later, it goes to show that yes, there’s still room in the world for music that stands on its own merits, and doesn’t need excessive post-production or elaborate staging to make up for a lack of tonal and lyrical depth.
Her new album, her sixth, due out on Blue Note on October 7th, sees her returning to her jazz roots, after some experimental forays into indie pop and other genres. It’s comprised of original songs along with some covers, of Neil Young, Horace Silver and Duke Ellington. It also boasts an impressive roster of legendary guest artists; saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Lonnie Smith and drummer Brian Blade.
In a recent interview, she spoke about those collaborations and said, “The goal was to do everything live, get really good takes…“When you have great musicians there’s no reason to overdub. That strips the soul out of the music.”
The album has produced two singles to date, ‘Carry On’ and, ‘Tragedy’ that have been widely applauded. Now as the album arrives in full, the critics are offering high praise. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
“…. Day Breaks is not just a jazz-flavoured album; it is an album whose roots are in jazz, showing her to be not just a good writer, player (see, for one, her playing on Peace) and vocalist with loose-limbed phrasing to match the cafe au lait tone, but a fine assembler of talent. ….” –Brisbane Times
“….Jones returns to her jazz roots in the most majestic, magical form, creating a smoky long-lost world from the very outset on the opener Burn. The piano rings crystal clear, the sax steps on board and totally steers the course of the track to an unexpected place, and in its own quiet way it ends up being a rather thrilling start…..” –Press Play OK
“…. Her new songs are strong, especially “Flipside” and the title tune. Add Neil Youg’s “Don’t Be Denied” and you’ve got a solid Norah Jones record with all the lack of size and pretense that people have always found so refreshing about her. It’s undiminished here. ….” –Buffalo News
Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see Norah Jones’ ‘Day Breaks’ album cover art below and music videos.