Not Too Late

Not Too Late

by Norah JonesNorah Jones


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Most artists who attain life-altering success right off the bat end up getting intoxicated by the sweet smell of success. Norah Jones, however, has steadfastly followed a much rarer, headier scent since her breakthrough -- that of freedom and artistic expression. On this, her third solo offering, she continues this pursuit, though she is never guilty of experimenting just for the sake of doing so. Not Too Late is the first disc on which Jones wrote all the material herself, and the album retains the warmth and intimacy of her past discs while couching them in a newfound soulfulness -- a tone that's carried by both her writing and her arrangements, which rely more on organ, brass, and other accoutrements than simple piano-bass-drum constructions. Horns figure prominently in the appeal of "Thinking About You," one of many tracks that find Jones getting in touch with her inner Dusty Springfield. That slow-burning smokiness -- redolent of the classic Dusty in Memphis -- is but one of the hues that Jones applies here. She traipses through some brightly colored country tones -- informed, perhaps, by her moonlighting in the hootenanny-friendly Little Willies -- on the playful "Little Room" before taking those homespun chords in a darker direction on "My Dear Country," a surprisingly hard-edged look at the current political landscape. Jones and company get even more musically adventurous, bending the second-line rhythms of the Crescent City-flavored "Sinkin' Soon" into a gnarled shape that would no doubt elicit a knowing smile from Tom Waits. Even when she's at her edgiest, however, Jones guilelessly sprinkles a smidgen of sugar into the mix -- in the form of her warm, welcoming voice, an instrument that makes just about everything go down in the most delightful way.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2007
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0094637451625
catalogNumber: 74516
Rank: 67635

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norah Jones   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Mellotron,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Larry Goldings   Organ,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Paul Bryan   Keyboards
Richard Julian   Vocals
Julia Kent   Cello,Pizzicato
Robbie McIntosh   Electric Guitar
Tony Mason   Drums
Tony Scherr   Electric Guitar
Rob Sudduth   Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Breit   Mandolin
Jesse Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Guitjo
Bill McHenry   Tenor Saxophone
Devin Greenwood   Hammond Organ
Chuck MacKinnon   Trumpet
Andrew Borger   Cymbals,Drums,Marimbas,Pans,Pots
J. Walter Hawkes   Trombone
Jose Davila   Tuba
M. Ward   Vocals
Adam Levy   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Daru Oda   Vocals,Human Whistle
Jeffrey Zeigler   Cello
Lee Alexander   Bass,Bowed Bass,Lap Steel Guitar,Pizzicato

Technical Credits

Tom Schick   Engineer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Ilhan Ersahin   Composer
Norah Jones   Composer
Daru Oda   Composer,Whistle
Melanie Little Gomez   Paintings
Lee Alexander   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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