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Breaking Up is Hard to Do on Norah Jones’s Latest

  • Christa Banister Contributing Writer
  • 2012 9 May
Breaking Up is Hard to Do on Norah Jones’s Latest

Artist: Norah Jones

Title: Little Broken Hearts

Label: Blue Note

Whether it was the nostalgic look at love gone wrong in her much-beloved debut single "Don't Know Why" or her confessions of sheer confusion where relationships with the opposite sex are concerned on "Chasing Pirates," Norah Jones's voice has always sounded a little wistful. 

But as she mourns yet another terrible breakup with an unnamed suitor, the mood has definitely switched from reflective to downright melancholy on Little Broken Hearts, a superbly crafted collaboration with producer Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse (Broken Bells, Jay-Z).

Rather than remaining firmly in her musical comfort zone like she did with 2004's Feels Like Home, the sequel to her 2002 breakout Come Away With Me, everything from lead single "Happy Pills" to the plaintive strains of "Say Goodbye" has a moody, eclectic vibe that allows Jones' best instrument of all, her honeyed voice, shine in new and unexpected ways.

While probably not a summer soundtrack in the whole let's-roll-down-the-windows-and-sing-along sort of fashion, these pensive tracks will definitely resonate with anyone who's been through a particularly challenging breakup. In fact, it's impossible to listen without hearing the pain in every note. 

But if 2009's equally beguiling The Fall was any indication, our girl will bounce back from the blues in a dynamic, sassy splendor. In the meantime, however, her mourning period is actually quite lovely to listen to with Little Broken Hearts.

*This Review First Published 5/9/2012