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The Fall

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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 Brion 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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1
Chasing Pirates
00:02:40

Norah Jones, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

2
Even Though
00:03:52

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse Harris, Composer - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Organ, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Performance Artist, Organ, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Wilder, Double Bass, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Will Sayles, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer - John Kirby, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Pete McNeal, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Atanasoff, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

3
Light As A Feather
00:03:52

Zac Rae, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Adams, Composer - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TOM SCHICK, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sasha Dobson, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Performance Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Wilder, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Will Sayles, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - John Kirby, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Pete McNeal, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

4
Young Blood
00:03:38

Zac Rae, Keyboards, Vibraphone, Marimba, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Workman, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joey Waronker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Seyffert, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Performance Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Sayles, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Martin, Composer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

5
I Wouldn't Need You
00:03:30

Zac Rae, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Joey Waronker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Electric Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Seyffert, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Performance Artist, Electric Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Cohen, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

6
Waiting
00:03:31

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TOM SCHICK, Producer, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Catherine Popper, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Performance Artist, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert DiPietro, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

7
It's Gonna Be
00:03:11

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Organ, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Performance Artist, Organ, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Will Sayles, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Scherr, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Peter Atanasoff, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert DiPietro, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

8
You've Ruined Me
00:02:45

Zac Rae, Zither, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Ribot, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Performance Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Giovino, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Swart, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

9
Back To Manhattan
00:04:07

Zac Rae, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES GADSON, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TOM SCHICK, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Seyffert, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Performance Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Graboff, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Cohen, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

10
Stuck
00:05:15

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Ribot, Banjo, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Wilder, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Kirby, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Will Sheff, Composer - Pete McNeal, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Atanasoff, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

11
December
00:03:05

Matt Stanfield, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse Harris, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Performance Artist, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

12
Tell Yer Mama
00:03:25

Zac Rae, Keyboards, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Lyle Workman, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joey Waronker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse Harris, Composer - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Seyffert, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Richard Julian, Composer - Performance Artist, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

13
Man Of The Hour
00:02:56

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Morgan Stratton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Thorn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norah Jones, Composer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Performance Artist, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacquire King, Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Stinson, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Bivens, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2009 Blue Note Records ℗ 2009 Blue Note Records

Album Description

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 Brion 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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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