WBEZ | Norah Jones http://www.wbez.org/tags/norah-jones Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Norah Jones: Still Snorah to me http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-05/norah-jones-still-snorah-me-98999 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1%20norah%20jones.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 450px;" title=""></div><p>Inexplicably garnering more love than she has since her 2002 debut, from corners that have long since grown indifferent and/or fallen asleep, hipster coffee-house chanteuse Norah Jones pairs with the previously infallible Danger Mouse on her fifth studio album, expanding on the exquisite cameos she made on last year’s masterful <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-05-18/album-review-danger-mouse-and-daniele-luppi-%E2%80%9Crome%E2%80%9D-capitol-86698">“soundtrack to an imaginary film,” <em>Rome</em></a><em>.</em> Alas, even super-producer Brian Burton cannot animate a corpse, and the surprise on <em>Little Broken Hearts </em>isn’t that Jones remains painfully bland in a more exotic, less traditionally Blue Note setting, but that said blandness is contagious and annoying enough even to remove the joys of Burton’s dense, murky and usually emotional sonic swirl.</p><p>Don’t be fooled by the album cover’s homage to softcore femdom auteur Russ Meyers’s sexploitation classic, <em>Mudhoney</em>: “Passion debased by lust leaves a taste of evil!” is a sentence that never could be uttered much less written by our Norah. As the title telegraphs, this is a break-up album, apparently chronicling the singer’s split with an unnamed “fiction writer” who done her wrong and left her plenty ticked off. “Little broken hearts of the night/Slowly picking up their knives/On the way to the fight/Tonight they want revenge,” she sings in that trademark breathy style somewhere between a whisper and a coo. But Jones doesn’t have an ounce of Tura Santana in her, and that voice and her approach to the material is exactly what’s wrong.</p><p>We never get a hint of genuine anger or cutting pain, a wisp of soul, an indication of unplumbed depths or any emotion deeper than, “Dammit; I can’t <em>believe</em> The Gap doesn’t have my size!” or “I’m so down, I could eat the <em>whole pint</em> of Cheesecake Brownie!” Like that particular Ben &amp; Jerry’s concoction or Jones’ handful of tracks on <em>Rome</em>, a little goes a long way and tastes pretty good going down, while too much leaves you queasy and miserable. <em>Little Broken Hearts </em>definitely is too much.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1Meyer.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 450px;" title=""></div><p><strong>Norah Jones, <em>Little Broken Hearts</em> (Blue Note)</strong></p><p><strong>Rating on the four-star scale: 1 star.</strong></p></p> Thu, 10 May 2012 06:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-05/norah-jones-still-snorah-me-98999