Review: Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts (2012)


Apr 24 2012, 3:31

Review: Norah Jones
Little Broken Hearts (2012)

Blue Note Records

Well, well, Norah Jones and her producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) have just delivered a lesson to Lana Del Rey on what sexy-noir is all about. Intentional or not, the similarities will jump out here to pop culture watchers and Jones comes out on "Little Broken Hearts" as both a musical victor and the thematic one in a darkly vicious games of love. Dark is the key word here.

Early Jones fans won't find anything close to "Come Away with Me" on this. They're more likely to be completely stunned when she sings sweetly while murdering a lover's mistress, "Miriam." ...that's such pretty name and I'll keep saying it til you die."

There are some seemingly sunny moments leading up to that murderous climax. "Out On The Road" as she flees her lover with a half a tank of gas singing she guess he'll have to love her from afar. And "Happy Pills" which sounds like an ode to Prozac. It has a repetitive quirky beat and oddly happy sound with Norah pleading to be let go and asking how does it feel to be one shut out.

It all plays out like an Alfred Hitchcock movie from yesterday...with an outstanding modern noir soundtrack.


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