Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note) review by J Hamrick
Little Broken Hearts provides 12 examples of why folks love to listen to Norah Jones. Debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and a month into sales, the album remains in the top five.
Whether singing about heartbreak or relationships, Jones’ work is more likely to sound whimsical than heavy. Without paying attention to the lyrics threatening a lover’s life in “Miriam,” a listener might think the song was a lullaby. Although most of the tracks are undoubtedly an easy listen, “Happy Pills” picks up the pace with more forceful lyrics: “When you’re gone / I’m alive” and “I won’t be a fool for you no more my dear.”
The Grammy award winner is likely to continue enjoying successful sales, thanks to collaborating with “Danger Mouse.” The producer, born Brian Burton, started working with Jones in 2009, but the two took a break, returning to record this album in the summer of 2011.
Back from the European leg of her tour next month, Jones will be busily singing to a live audience until November. Details can be found at: http://www.norahjones.com/tour.