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Paris 2012 [no label, 2CD]
Live at Studio 105, Maison de la Radio, Paris, France; April 20, 2012. Excellent FM broadcast.
Norah Jones’s new album, Little Broken Hearts, has a street date of May 1, 2012. On April 15, the entire album was streamed online on NPR. To preview her album, Jones gave a treat to her French fans and performed the entire album (Disc 1 below) live on this radio show.
According to the wikipedia, the cover art for the album was inspired from the poster to the film Mudhoney. Jones was recording the album at Danger Mouse’s studio and saw the poster on the wall. She said, “Brian [Burton] has this great collection of Russ Meyer posters in his studio. And this particular one… was right over the couch where I sat every day. I always was looking at it and thinking ‘that’s so cool I want to look like her!’ I remember staring at the poster the whole time we made the record. It’s a great visual.” The title of the album (and most of the tracks) allude to a recent break-up.
Initial response to the album has been positive and the tracks are indeed an entertaining listen, despite the subject matter.
Adam Kivel of consequenceofsound.net wrote: “Lyrically, this is a breakup album, but the album is anything but one-note, finding solace in a handful of different reactions. For example, album opener “Good Morning” works twinkling synths and shivering violins into a breathy realization, while “Say Goodbye” is the first hint of angst or aggression. Jones’ voice is sweet enough to sing a cutesy line like, “It’s alright, it’s okay, I don’t need you anyway,” without it having even a hint of going over the top. The latter song is as pure and twee as pop gets, the chugging bass, skipping drums, and Jones coos over the top like she’s been making this kind of music for ages.”
And Robert Copsey commented at digitalspy.co.uk: “Jones sings of heartbreak throughout with more contempt than we’ve ever heard from her before… Her angst reaches its most unnerving on ‘Take It Back’ and ‘She’s 22′ - the latter a barely-there ballad in which she asks: “Does she make you happy?” Her stages of post-relationship grief come to a climax on penultimate track ‘Miriam’; a moody and atmospheric number with just a hint of menace that conjures up images of a pain-stricken Jones clutching to a bottle of gin as she unpicks the details of her lover’s affair. It might be dark, but this stunning collection of anguish is the brightest she’s shined in a long time.”
Thanks to original uploader LETSGO (Dime); and to ShaReeF who shared the tracks at Hunger City. Thanks also to AMMMMM for the artwork.
FM recording from a Dual CT 110 tuner, made with Zoom H4, SD card to PC, Audacity editions, FLAC (TLH).
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Track 101. Good Morning (5.7MB)
Track 102. Say Goodbye (5.9MB)
Track 103. Little Broken Hearts (5.7MB)
Track 104. She’s 22 (5.2MB)
Track 105. Take It Back (7.0MB)
Track 106. After The Fall (6.6MB)
Track 107. Four Broken Hearts (4.9MB)
Track 108. Travelin’ On (5.9MB)
Track 109. Out On The Road (7.5MB)
Track 110. Happy Pills (5.8MB)
Track 111. Miriam (7.3MB)
Track 112. All A Dream (10.0MB)
Track 201. Nearness Of You (4.2MB)
Track 202. Don’t Know Why (6.3MB)
Track 203. Waiting (6.7MB)
Track 204. Sunrise (6.1MB)
Track 205. Chasing Pirates (4.5MB)
Track 206. Bessie Smith (For Levon Helm) (7.8MB)
Track 207. Come Away With Me (5.5MB)
Track 208. Black (6.0MB)
Track 209. Stuck (10.5MB)
Track 210. Outro (Talks And Audience) (3.7MB)
Norah Jones - vocals, piano, guitar
Jason Roberts - guitar, backing vocals
Josh Lattanzi - bass, backing vocals
Pete Remm - keyboards, piano
Greg Wieczorek - drums, backing vocals
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