Being 22 at the time of release: the maturity, intelligence and sophistication.
A worldwide smash that heralded an alluring and rare talent.
A few of ’s songs felt ineffective given the abiding, one-dimensional mood but what remained was Jones’ incredible voice and enticing personality.
It’s not as masterful as “Sea Change,” but it is just the jolt Jones’ career and personal life needed.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick De Cicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to.
Norah Jones prefers spending her money on hard-up pals than on parties.
Lee Alexander is her longterm boy friend but the two have split in 2007.
“She’s 22” is the standout track, with Jones repeating variations of the phrase “Does it make you happy?
” She keeps her classy edge, but you can feel her hurt and seething.
This is her “Sea Change,” a sensitive change of style born of heartbreak. The Little Willies amplified her range, which was considerable enough to stretch to a guest appearance with Out Kast, so this isn’t a jarring makeover of the Nelly Furtado variety.
Their music marriage is best seen on “Say Goodbye,” which pairs Jones’ coquettish voice with Mouse’s mild dance production.
The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013.