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Okay, I submit. Norah Jones is **** great
Old 22nd July 2005
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Okay, I submit. Norah Jones is **** great

I've been listening to her since I first heard her during the year where her first album won all the awards.

I gotta say, I hate 99 percent of popular award winning crap, but Norah Jones is the exception.
Good music when you wake up early. Good when you're sad. Good when you're drunk.

She's made two awesome albums and she's the daughter of Ravi Shankar. Feel the love you bastards. I dare you to say bad things.

There's really not much that's not asthetic that you can really dis, is there? Super fantastic in just about every regard, imo.
Gearslutz. Tapeop, I never saw a Norah Jones thread, so here it is.

She rocks.
Old 22nd July 2005
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Her whole band rocks.
Old 22nd July 2005
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yeah, she's so classy and understated and nice and pleasant that i just.............
Old 22nd July 2005
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Yup +1 here

-but when I saw her live, I heard "down in front" - not used to sitting down with a bunch of lame assed yuppie pieces of crap reading the Post at a summer concert.
fuuck you yuppie scum

Ahh, thank god OzzFest again on Sunday...

Oh yeah - Norah Jones is awesome - the albums are awesome, the recordings are awesome - I'm pretty sure no ****ty digital crap was used in making that sound:
Big old ugly mics - big old ugly analog outboard with big old ugly knobs - big old ugly console - big old ugly 2" tape machine - fuk that's beautiful
Please don't correct me if I'm wrong - I'm too in love with that image.
Old 22nd July 2005
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Forgot to say,

I was soooooooooooooooooooooooo pleased when she decided to make the second album a little more mellow country flavoured than moving in a more jazz singer oriented direction which she very well could have done.
Old 22nd July 2005
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some road around here has her cd laying on it that i threw out the window....
Old 22nd July 2005
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The recordings have great feel and sound to them, but I have to say that I was hurting for her on the Grammys.

Ouch.
Old 22nd July 2005
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i like her
Old 22nd July 2005
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shame she has other people write her songs
Old 22nd July 2005
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why is it a shame she doesn't write her own songs?
Old 22nd July 2005
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she's got a great voice.. but I have alot more respect for "artists" that write their own music
Old 22nd July 2005
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she's got a great voice.. but I have alot more respect for "artists" that write their own music
Man, not everyone has that gift. ANd for that I, for one, am thankful
Old 22nd July 2005
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I'm not normally attracted to that type of music not to mention buying the disc but I must confess...I did buy her first one, and have been inspired by that recording/production to the point where I still think real music recorded properly still stands as a HUGE, VIABLE, MAGICAL way to approach music production/engineering. They captured a (IMNSHO) very magical/musical moment in time, and it was done the real way (old school) with the right amount of emphisis on the MUSIC, the PRODUCTION, and SONICS to create a quite MOVING piece of art without any unwarranted hype/buzz...and they swepped the Grammy's that year...not that Grammy's mean ANYTHING but whatever...
Old 22nd July 2005
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Who gives a crap if she doesn't write her own ****e? WHY?
ALOT of HUGE artists/singers sing other people's material, so why harp on Nora?
There's NO arguing about the qualitty of her voice and the way she sings, I don't care where her material comes from it's her voice I want to hear...Elton John doesn't write the lyrics that he sings, he does write the music however and he's been a STELLAR musical artist from day one...Anyone ever hear Elton's album titled "11-17-70"? If your an Music and or an Elton fan you should most definately give this album a listen...it's ALL live with Elton playing Piano/Singing with a Drummer and a Bassist that's it and it all live from 1970, stellar musicianship and a great live recording to boot.
Old 22nd July 2005
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She's got taste, and so do her producers- very rare in this age.

But, it's music for your parents to drink wine and pop viagra with...I respect it, but no thanks.
Old 22nd July 2005
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I enjoy the first record's production ... too much limiting, but still nice sounds.

The thing with her voice is that she's so young, there's something lacking in the experience and believability category.

And because her songs are not original, her delivery REALLY needs more experience behind it. After a few listens it starts to sound like Muzak.



She's very good ... but not in the 'great' category. Reminds me of a highly sheltered music school kid playing under her potential.

If it makes you happy Norah, go for it!
Old 22nd July 2005
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I dunno. I can't like someone who doesn't really write their own stuff, works with a production team who very much "makes" her, obviously got to where she is because her father, does the "cutest" duet ever with Dolly Parton (come on, what was up with that song?) and only sings songs that are basically moaning about how sad she is even though she's raking in the damn cash and is only like 24. I just want to call her up and say "cheer up! Your life is amazingly great, damnit."
Old 22nd July 2005
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I wish I could play piano as good as her.
Old 22nd July 2005
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If people only performed songs they themselves wrote, you never would have heard anything by George Gershwin. You never would have heard Ella's voice. Don't be ridiculous.

Being able to write songs and being a talented singer have absolutely nothing to do with each other. When they cross over it can be fantastic (Paul McCartney 62-70), but they're still amazing skills on their own. And even though I'll often enjoy hearing someone who can't sing as well belting out their own tunes (Issac Brock), sometimes I think I'd enjoy it even more if they had a great singer do it instead (someone who knows how to sing a song with feeling even if they didn't write the words).
Old 22nd July 2005
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Quote:
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If people only performed songs they themselves wrote, you never would have heard anything by George Gershwin. You never would have heard Ella's voice. Don't be ridiculous.

Being able to write songs and being a talented singer have absolutely nothing to do with each other. When they cross over it can be fantastic (Paul McCartney 62-70), but they're still amazing skills on their own. And even though I'll often enjoy hearing someone who can't sing as well belting out their own tunes (Issac Brock), sometimes I think I'd enjoy it even more if they had a great singer do it instead (someone who knows how to sing a song with feeling even if they didn't write the words).
I understand what you're saying. I think I was a bit unclear. She seems a bit in-genuine to me, so, for me, the only thing that could really redeem that is the old "well she writes her own stuff..." thing...but she doesn't. As other's have said, she is an ok singer, but obviously lacks experience and has a very limited delivery, so its not like her voice carries her. Her playing is moderate. She doesn't write the songs. Etc. etc. Nothing against her, its just that I like to see people bringing a bit more to the table, you know what I mean?

Scot Walker sung loads of Brel stuff, but he can sing like no one else AND write amazing stuff on his own. That's a totally different kind of thing. I wonder how Norah Jones would do if she WAS writing her own stuff...
Old 22nd July 2005
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I think she's great. Exactly what some of you are saying....morning music, wine drinking music....whatever....it's not bad. I'd rather her get every grammy in the world, than for them to give to artists (?) like Milli Vanilli, or the other seemingly endless train of losers that they pick for "best new artist" every year.

It's pop music. She's not trying to reinvent anything. My one year old daughter LOVES her. That's her CD she goes to sleep to every night for the past few weeks.

later,
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Old 22nd July 2005
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If Norah Jones comes on the radio while Im driving I have to change the station quickly. Its dangerous to fall asleep behind the wheel.

dfegad Norah Jones watered down pseudo pop jazz.

And btw...There are tons of great jazz legends that never actually wrote a tune...They did do something interesting to other peoples tunes though.

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Yeah and Bluenote, in their infinite marketing genius, made a killing off her created sound...

I think throwing around the term "great" here is kind of offensive to the truly great artists. I'd say Norah Jones is "good" like butter on toast, but not "great," especially not f***ing great as the thread title implies.
Old 22nd July 2005
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Just a quick FYI, she and her band do write some of tghe songs....

My friend has her "Live in New Orleans" DVD (I think it's New Orleans) and a couple of times I remember her saying "This is one we all wrote, or this is one me and the bass player wrote."
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Yeah and Bluenote, in their infinite marketing genius, made a killing off her created sound...

I think throwing around the term "great" here is kind of offensive to the truly great artists. I'd say Norah Jones is "good" like butter on toast, but not "great," especially not f***ing great as the thread title implies.
right. pleasant backgound music. nothing more. as a cure listen to some ella or sarah vaughn. even sinatra if you absolutely have to.
Old 22nd July 2005
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Beautifully recorded albums but YAWN! I'd spend my $ on an Alicia Keys album first.
Old 22nd July 2005
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while it is a great gift to be able to write and sing songs - gifts are hard things
to measure...............
frank sinatra's gift at interpreting songs is still far greater to me than most of the
gifts demonstrated by the generation of singer-songwriters that followed him with
the exception maybe of joni and dylan and tim buckley .......
elvis presley also falls into this category as a non song-writer

don't get me wrong

i'm not comparing norah to these people

to me she is an oxymoron as i find her work not that exciting, but her voice is
incredible - it is an amazing instrument - and trust me it's her, its not some pre.......
having done a show with her in 2000 before the whole thing and then a couple
of sleepy, quiet shows this summer - she was singing into a dented 58 and
there was that sound............

by the way, those norah records are 100% analog - no computer involvement
if you like norah, you should check out her favourite singer-songwriter - martha
wainwright - she's got everything norah has but with alot more fire........
her 2005 self-titled debut which is already huge in england and austrailia will show you
why she's probably the best singer - songwriter in the country, in my opinion,
check it out..........

be well

- jack
Old 22nd July 2005
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The vocal sound of that first hit is the single best vocal recording- best singer-mic- pre match, in history.
I think I read somewhere that they used a vintage 47 in a Manley pre, but I think it was only for that one first single...


My memory is scetchy on this, and other things...
Old 22nd July 2005
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Oh and I like Nora. She and her band are that syle of music done top-notch, IMO.

But it's her voice that ordinary people love so much- It's intimate, and it doesn't hurt you like so many singers try to these days.
Old 22nd July 2005
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Norah Jones puts me to sleep right away. The recordings are nice, but that is about were it ends for me. I think she is incredibly overated. Nothing about her sounds that amazing to me. But heah, a couple million peoplesay otherwise, so I am definately in the minority.
Old 22nd July 2005
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i think shes wicked.

very, very musical
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