I'm into female vocals, but not hers.
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It is interesting - I know there are so many audiophiles who really dig both Nora and Diana but neither have ever resonated with me. There’s too much tentativeness in their voice and delivery - just always struck me as "lightweights" who lacked emotion and conviction compared to so many other female vocalists. Is it just me or am I just not "getting" what these two are saying?
Tomcy6 - you are welcome. I have been a Nora Jones fan for years - all of her albums have not been great - but this one has really struck me as exceptional. It is one thing to ‘do the jazz standards well’, but to me to write your own music and put a team together to create such a well layered recording (piano, bass, strings, backup vocals) is quite an accomplishment.
i am on my third listen and I am still hearing more detail!
Gosta - thanks for the tip on Victoria Tolstoy - I will check her out -
I'm actually not very impressed with Norah's latest album. Heard someone above say this is 'layered' jazz arrangements. That's the thing that this album is not. It sounds like a group got together one lazy afternoon and tinkered with whatever was in the room. Lifeless, self-similar tunes.. NJ has done a lot better. To each their own I suppose.
your lack of getting into either likely has to do with something in your system
It's not my system, which doesn't discriminate only against Nora and Diana while making hundreds of other vocalists sound wonderful - it's the overly soothing, limited range, persistence towards ballads,and lack of grit that simply doesn't resonate with me. She's just not my cup of tea and I'm often amazed by her soaring popularity..which means my awful taste is certainly in the minority. Hey, I don't get reggae either...doesn't stir my soul. But I'd never blame my gear on not enjoying reggae either.
Julie priest and three easy payments - everyone’s ear is the final judge of good or bad music - it is called freedom!
sorry you do not hear the same things I hear in Norah’s new album. For me her albums have progressed in a very positive direction over the last 5 years - her writing and layers of piano - horns - drums strings have gained a complexity that challenge my Maggie’s to reproduce in my systems at home. More fun for me - sorry you guys miss it.
I really like the new Norah Jones release, but it has nothing to do (at least consciously) with the technical merits of the recording. I love her voice and think she put together a nice collection of songs that bring a sense of enjoyment when I listen to them. Thank goodness we don't all like or dislike the same things or the world would be a boring place.
I really like Nora Jones and enjoy all her music, have to say though that her one before this was not my favorite but will probably get this one based on the feedback here. I really appreciate her most when she steps away from her solo work with the Little Willies stuff and absolutely love Foreverly/duet with Biily Joe Armstrong doing the Everly Brothers album/Songs our Daddy taught us. Enjoy the music
I saw that album, too, and particularly like the track "Flame Twin", as her voice does not sound like the worn out soft, breathy vocals she is famous for. She actually puts some bite into the lyrics of that piece.
Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers has revised her sound fundamentally on album "No Good Deed" if I have the title correct, and not for the worse. She is a sax player, but with a very good voice.
Was shocked to hear how great a Jazz singer Alison Moyet is, on her album Voice. Well worth a listen. :)
Panels, omni, horn, dynamic, OB - they can all sound fabulous with lyrics when the system is fine.