Lately my opinion on the traditional single has started to change. As I find myself working in front of a computer all day long typing mindlessly for 8 hours a day, I’ve been giving full albums a chance. I have nothing better to do! That being said, I think I am going to give Norah Jones a chance. The only album I really ever listened to more than once was her debut, Come Away With Me. I purchased the follow ups, Feels Like Home and Not Too Late, but I don’t think I can name a single track on either of those albums.
As Jones gears up to release her 4th studio album, The Fall, on November 17th (November 16th in Europe), the album’s lead single, “Chasing Pirates” is available digitally, starting today, October 13th (November 15th in the UK). I am more excited about this new Norah Jones album than I have been for any of her previous records. Why? Because she’s doing something different. According to Jones, “For this record, I just had a sound in my head.” She continues, “I wanted the grooves to be more present and heavy. And I also just wanted to do something different.” This is VERY exciting…different is good.
The Fall features brand new collaborators including Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse), Ryan Adams, and her old stand-by Jesse Harris. Jones also has assembled a new batch of musicians including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.), and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer). With a crew like this behind, I’d even be game to go see Jones play a live gig. Well…it’s midnight…let’s see if the single is on iTunes yet. -EDIT- I LOVE the single. It’s out on iTunes now. Get it HERE.