I've been listening to snorah jones' new album all week. My initial reaction was that it was more of the same. Pristine and polished production values but no growth on Norah's part. Which I can understand. Why rock the boat when it worked so well the first time? I think its funny that the album begins with "Sunrise" since her first album felt so much like night time, sleepy time and this one seems luminous to me. There's something magnetic about it, I keep coming back to it. At first I thought the duet with Dolly Parton was goofy but it may be one of the highlights along with the Tom Wait's cover of "The Long Way Home". You know how when you listen to an album for the first time there's one song that you like immediately? For me it was "Carnival Town". If Norah and Hope Sandoval made a duet I would be very happy.
Last week I found something interesting: a Kathleen Edwards EP that was one side DVD, the other Audio. The fucking thing busted my laptop's cd drive so you don't want to know what I think about it.
Ani's new one was frustrating. I haven't cursed at a CD on first listen as much as this one in. The thing that bothered me was all the backing vocal overdubbs of her voice. Sometimes it sounds like two ani's and one retarded ani all singing at the same time and it ruins some songs in certains spots. Past that, it's just the yearly Ani dosage of great lyrics.
Elbow's Freaking Great "Cast of Thousands" finally got released in the states and it was worth the wait. It came with two new tracks added to set list, not tacked on at the end like most of the time. The second disc has some videos and "cast of thousands - the film" in Flash instead of in DVD like the u.k. version. Oh well, it's better than nothing. I can't say enough good things about this album. I already talked about it anyways.