Release Date: Apr 12, 2019
Record label: Virgin EMI
Genre(s): Vocal, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Blues, Torch Songs, Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Jazz Vocals
Norah Jones' voice is a little raspier than when she first hit the scene in 2001 with Come Away With Me. But it's to her advantage, a tool in her ever-expanding her range of song stylings. Her new album Begin Again, a compilation of tracks she recorded on the fly over the last couple of years, takes on country and calls-to-arms and adds electronic influences while never forgetting that first and foremost, it is a jazz record.
R eleasing 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. Begin Again isn't so much an album as a collection of one-off singles that Jones has released over the past year, born from impromptu collaborations with artists including Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and St Vincent collaborator Thomas Bartlett.