The Return of Ms. Jones

Norah Jones Little Broken Hearts

Ever since The Fall was released in 2009, Norah Jones has been making subtle, but notably successful shifts in her artistry. Her breakup with longtime boyfriend and producer, Lee Alexander, seemed a recurring theme untethered on the album’s 13 tracks. In any case, the record’s dark material signaled a splendidly contrastive mood, both musical and personal for the beauteous American chanteuse. Proceeding, the fruit of collaboration between Daniel Luppi and Danger Mouse’s Brian Burton turned abundant in the presence of Ms. Jones’ vocals. Her spectacularly somber persona on three tracks from Rome contributed to what was the most underrated musical project of 2011.

This year, Burton and Jones join forces together as Little Broken Hearts debuts on May 1. The first song to surface is “Happy Pills,” a perky, chug sounding but rather sinister track, about getting rid of an ex.

The album’s winning art is an adaptation of a movie poster from 1965 titled Mudhoney, which is set during the Depression and Prohibition. It had captured Ms. Jones’ attention during recording sessions spent at Burton’s L.A. studio.

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