NO­RAH JONES

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews -

It’s all change for the gazil­lion-sell­ing No­rah Jones on this, her fourth stu­dio out­ing. To es­cape the oc­cas­sional Mo­gadon feel of some of her ma­te­rial, she’s brought in a hip­per pro­ducer, Jac­quire King (who has worked with Kings of Leon and Mod­est Mouse), some ac­com­plished ses­sion play­ers, and two al­ways in­ter­est­ing song­writ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tors in the form of Ryan Adams and Will Sh­eff. The re­sult is a brisk and fast-paced (by Jones’s stan­dards) af­fair, which, while re­tain­ing her beau­ti­fully sul­try and per­fectly ca­denced vo­cals, has a bit of bal­last to it. The sin­gle,

Chas­ing Pi­rates, won’t be off your ra­dio for a year or two, while else­where she’s skirts around fresh mu­si­cal ter­ri­tory. The clos­ing song, Can’t Stop, wouldn’t be out of a place on a Gold­frapp al­bum. BRIAN BOYD

Down­load tracks: Light as a Feather, Can’t Stop

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