NORAH WENT BACK TO HER BEGINNINGS

 

ALBUM                                 :           DAY BREAKS

ARTIST                                  :           NORAH JONES

GENRE                                   :           JAZZ VOCALS

DATE RELEASED                 :           2016

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If you miss Norah Jones in the style of “Come Away With Me,” you would be thankful after you listen to this record. This time around, Norah did away with experimentation with musical style and went back to what people loved her at first.  In this record, you have her singing songs that are easy on the ears and quite familiar with.

Watch live performance of “Tragedy” in this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEOcMiqGmWs.

Perhaps, Norah does not want to live the lyrics in “Tragedy” which is “it’s a tragedy and he was still young.” Indeed, it is tragedy that she would deprived her fans the kind of music that she gave in her first two albums.  In this record, you have songs that ignite your senses.  In fact, this is the first that I hear her being seductive even if she is singing fast beat songs like “Flipside.”  But, it is in the song that she exudes that femme fatale persona in “And Then, There Was You.”

Watch fan-made of “And Then There Was You” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLwPyIt2Sc8.

Her voice remain excellent and proof is her own version of a Neil Young track called “Don’t Be Denied.” While her version quite remain faithful to the original arrangement, it is the jazz treatment that makes this song sounds original.

Here she is singing with the legendary Neil Young https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wya31VbuiXw.

Surprisingly, the title track “Day Breaks” sounds like an EDM ballad even if the song has conventional instrumentation and becomes quite sexy with the additional horn arrangement in the middle of the song.  Aside from Neil Young’s track, she also covered another old song and this time from Duke Ellington called “Fleurette Africaine.”  If Ellimgton’s version is haunting, hers is temptation personified; probably becuase of the addition of humming and saxophone in the background while she plays the piano.

Because she gave what her fans truly wanted from her, I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars.

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it

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