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Not Too Late by Norah Jones is another beautiful album that I really have enjoyed listening to. This is the third album released by Norah Jones and was originally released in January 2007 and so is a more recent album. Having been so impressed with Norah Jones' previous albums, mainly because of her beautiful voice I felt I had to get this. This album actually reached number 1 in the US and also in the UK proving its quality and popularity.
Norah Jones has now produced 3 albums that have all reached number 1! It is no suprise because her voice is just beautiful and it is very relaxing to listen to. I really liked the songs in this new album, including "Wish I could" and "Not too long" which are very slow in tempo and have some excellent lyrics. The album is very much Jazz based rather like her other albums and I found it to be very similar in style. "Not too late" is another beautiful song in this album which has a very tranquil introduction with the piano, the lyrics are also well written.
I really do feel that this album has been very well produced and the overall quality of the music is exceptional and is as good as her previous albums. I did find however that the music is very similar which can get boring when listening to it for a long while. Never the less I think the beauty of her voice is enough to make you want this album and I really would recommend it. I bought this album orginally for around £14 from Asda and you can now get it for just over £11 from Amazon which I think is a reasonable price. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
After looking through the latest new products list I decided to review an item and choose to review this album so I had a listen and this is my review. Norah Jones became a music star when she released her debut album Come Away With Me in 2002 which contained such hits as Don't Know Why and of course the title track. Since then she has released two other albums, 2004's Feels like Home and of course her latest album Not too late which was released in 2007. Although she has experimented with other genres her music is still rooted in Jazz.
**Not too late**
Norah Jones' third album was released on 30th January 2007 and features Production from Lee Alexander who had worked with Norah previously on her first two albums as a co songwriter. Alexander also plays the Bass on the album. Whilst the reception to the album has not been as strong as her previous albums, The reviews of the album have generally been favorable and the album was a hit with the record buying public as it finished 18th on the US album sales list for the whole of 2007. The album features two singles which are "Thinking about you" and "Sinkin Soon"
1.) Wish I Could
This track is a gentle one to start off the album, Norah's voice is as clear as usual and the acoustic guitar and cello both add a nice feel to the song. The best bit of this track is when Norah is joined by the backing singers to create a smooth harmony that is rather nice and in keeping with the overal laid back feel of the song. Good start.
2.) Sinkin' Soon
This Jazz/Blues fusion has a nice mix of old and new, Some of the Piano playing from Norah Jones on this track reminds me a little of Ray Charles and the melody of the song moves along very well with her vocals and the rather odd scatty vocals in the middle with the trombone solo work rather well but have to be heard. Another good track.
3.) Sun doesn't like you
I feel that this track is a bit crowded musically that it's melodies don't work quite as well as they should, Another slight gripe of mine is that It's a soft sounding track that sounds as though it is leading up to a quicker pace but never actually gets there which is a little strange.
4.) Until the end
This is one of the tracks that sounds similar to the material on her debut album "Come Away with me" the gentle piano and vocals are a key part of this tracks appeal. This track flows along well and her vocals are as smooth and clear as ever. Another fine track.
5.) Not My Friend
This is a lovely ballad with a simple but effective guitar melody and Norah's smooth natural vocals being centre stage. One of the best stripped down tracks on the album and one that again should be much better known than it is. A very good track.
6.) Thinking About You
This is an interesting track written back in 1999, It's probably the most R&B like of any Norah Jones track and works rather well. Her voice is again very natural and clear and the music is understated yet melodic. One of the best tracks on the album and one that should be more well known than it is.
This is a gentle acoustic guitar led track with some nice guitar licks and Norah's gentle vocals working well with the understated feel of the guitar. A decent track but not up there with the best.
8.) My Dear Country
This track has been likened to a Billie Holiday style. A stripped down Norah with Piano and her vocals. One of the best tracks on the album and a real show of emotion. I can understand the likeness to Billie Holiday as Norah's vocals are very similar in terms of delivery on the track.
9.) Wake Me Up
This is a gentle county jazz tinged track, Whilst I like the feel of the track I feel it could be a little better if her vocals were a little more forceful and the music was a little more perky as it does not have the same spark as the best tracks on the album.
10. Be My Somebody
This has a strange stop start bass to open the track and which runs through the track. This is a track that could be a bit better than it is as it lacks a little direction and I feel that it could have led to something but even though there is a nice country jazz guitar solo it does not quite live up to the best tracks on the album.
11.) Little Room
Another track which has a Country feel and this has a catchy acoustic guitar melody and is one of the best Country tinged tracks she has done. Although it does not quite reach the heights of the best tracks on the album.
12.) Rosie's Lullaby
This is a fantastic bluesy track which has a lovely introduction and once Norah's clear vocals come in you are treated to a fantastic song. I believe that This track is up there with the best tracks of her career to date,
13.) Not Too Late
This is a lovely piano led ballad to end the album, Just Norah singing and playing the piano with gentle drums in the background but it is one of the best tracks on the album and something that I think she should do more often as it really works a treat. A fantastic end to the album.
Norah Jones' third album has some very fine songs on it but I feel that there are moments where she should do more of the stripped down tracks as they really show off her vocal tone and the emotion in her voice. If I was able to rate the album three and a half stars then I would but in feeling that the album is a little better than three stars I am giving it four stars on my review. Maybe Dooyoo should announce half stars.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Wish I Could
2 Sinkin' Soon
3 Sun Doesn't Like You
4 Until The End
5 Not My Friend
6 Thinking About You
8 My Dear Country
9 Wake Me Up
10 Be My Somebody
11 Little Room
12 Rosie's Lullaby
13 Not Too Late