(2019) Begin Again

Norah Jones

... read moreDuring 2018, Norah Jones concentrated her creative endeavors on a series of digital singles that found the singer/songwriter stretching herself stylistically. Usually, she pushed herself by teaming with new, unexpected collaborators, including Wilco's Jeff Tweedy -- a tactic that guaranteed a...

28′:56″ 7 Songs

1
My Heart Is Full
Norah Jones
3:06
2
Begin Again
Norah Jones
3:49
3
It Was You
Norah Jones
5:30
4
A Song With No Name
Norah Jones
4:03
5
Uh Oh
Norah Jones
3:37
6
Wintertime
Norah Jones
3:48
7
Just A Little Bit
Norah Jones
5:03
Released 12 April 2019, Blue Note Records; ℗ 2019 Capitol Records, LLC

Review

During 2018, Norah Jones concentrated her creative endeavors on a series of digital singles that found the singer/songwriter stretching herself stylistically. Usually, she pushed herself by teaming with new, unexpected collaborators, including Wilco's Jeff Tweedy -- a tactic that guaranteed a variety of sounds and songs, a practice put into sharp relief by the 2019 release of Begin Again. This brief LP collects the seven songs recorded for this project -- all but one released beforehand -- and while they're a disparate batch, they nevertheless cohere thanks to their elegant, elastic experimentation. Jones plays with presentation more than form -- arrangements run from the spooky austerity of "A Song with No Name" to "Uh Oh," an effervescent number that's deceptively dense -- but that's enough to give Begin Again an elusive charm. Every track seems to hint at a grander version than what was delivered, but the loose ends and modest scale are alluring, since they appear to offer an insight into how this fiercely imaginative, quietly fearless singer/songwriter challenges herself. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine