Over the course
of her three multi-platinum albums—2002’s eight-time Grammy
Award-winning Come Away With Me, 2004’s Feels Like Home,
and 2007’s Not Too Late, each of which topped the
Billboard album charts— Norah Jones has established a strong
identity based around her sultry vocals and jazz-informed,
piano-driven pop style. On her new album, The Fall, however,
in addition to the added emphasis on rhythm, Jones brings her own
guitar playing front and center in the sound. The album is an
exciting evolution from her previous three releases, which have sold
a combined 36 million copies worldwide.
Norah Jones is
the first to say that she has changed a great deal since she first
moved from Texas to New York City at age 20, dreaming of being a
jazz singer. Bouncing between jazz gigs and shows at the
singer-songwriter haven The Living Room, she started writing songs
"sitting on the bed in my little apartment on Thirteenth Street."
"That was just
seven, eight years ago, but it feels like a lifetime ago," say
Jones. “I feel like a completely different person. That whole time
was chaos, like an insane rollercoaster ride that kept getting
steeper and steeper. I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but we
were just working so hard and I was pretty freaked out."
certainly always seemed mature beyond her years, but The Fall
has the feeling of an artist growing into a new phase in her
creative development. Beyond the changes in her singing, her
instrumental work, and even her conception of her own sound, she
maintains that her songwriting is at the very foundation of her new
"I’m older now,
and it’s evident in my writing," she says. "I always used to be
worried about the craft of the songwriting, because I was so new as
a songwriter, but now I'm not afraid to just try something. I’m
confident enough that I just want to get it out and hear it."
“That’s What I
Said” is a brand new track from Norah, and is exclusive to NCIS:
The Official TV Soundtrack – Vol. 2. It will be featured in a
forthcoming Season 7 episode of NCIS.