Today April 12, nine-time GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones releases her Begin Again, audio which is part of a collection of singles that gathers seven eclectic songs that Jones has recorded over the past year with collaborators including Jeff Tweedy and Thomas Bartlett.
Releasing the 26th bestselling US album of all time as your debut buys you the right to do whatever you want for the rest of your career – although Norah Jones’ early association with dinner-party jazz may have deterred some from paying attention. More fool them: her smouldering 2012 album Little Broken Hearts is a fantastic heartbreak record (produced by Danger Mouse) and even Day Breaks (2016), a return to the soft seductions of 2002’s Come Away With Me, works its magic. “According to The Guardian”.
Jones quietly returned to the studio with the sole intent of following her muse down creative pathways without any expectations or boundaries. Reveling in the joy and spontaneity of music-making with a true spirit of openness, Jones got together with various friends for brief, largely-improvised sessions to collaborate and experiment.
“I felt inspired to record and try different things,” Jones says, adding that the idea was to make it “quick and fun and easy and low-pressure. It’s a great way to collaborate with other people. Just a day or 3 in the studio and that’s it.”
Blu Note also reports: The singles Jones began releasing last summer ran the gamut from riveting electronic experiments to starkly acoustic folk ballads to organ-and-horn drenched soul songs. With the addition of three more previously unreleased songs, Begin Again presents seven snapshots of creativity from one of the music world’s most versatile and consistently intriguing artists.
By Ziyanda Yono
Original sources: The Guardian; Blue Note