Buttery smooth Living Room darling Norah Jones has done many things in the years since releasing her Grammy-magnet debut Come Away With Me to suggest she wanted to be more than just the artist who puts out records the whole family can agree upon during holiday reunions — Arcade Fire covers and collabs with indie reggaeheads, comedic and conscious rappers amongst them. On paper, Jones’s forthcoming The Fall LP is her biggest step away from triple-A banality yet: co-writing songs with Will Sheff and Ryan Adams (this one is a NoJo solo credit, though), enlisting Thom’s new BFF Joey Waronker and most of the studio crew behind Tom Waits’s Mule Variations for the set. Granted, Jones’s silken voicebox is diametrically opposed to Tom’s gravely throatpit, but the warm, stately lock of the keyboard-and-drum groove driving lead single “Chasing Pirates” actually could recall some of Mule’s more mellowed and down the middle production, ala that album’s balladic “Come On Up To The House.” As such it’s a little shift for Norah, and a welcome one. (Warning: this track will autostart upon clicking…)
The Fall is out 11/17 via Blue Note. For more, try this take on “Young Blood” from the Apple conference.