Although far too many self-proclaimed Norah Jones aficionados continue to swear by her multi-GRAMMY winning debut album Come Away With Me as her most memorable musical moment to date, the truth is all of the music she has produced since her auspicious entry into the pop mainstream is far more interesting than her inaugural effort.
Never one to rest too comfortably on her creative laurels, Jones has consistently exhibited a willingness to push her sound and songwriting in unexpected ways. One of the ways in which her adventurous spirit has been manifested most profoundly is through the motley crew of collaborators she has called upon (or who have called upon her) from time to time. And one of the finest cases in point is her intriguing musical partnership with one Brian Burton (a.k.a. the acclaimed producer Danger Mouse), whom she first partnered with on the 2011 Rome project and subsequently on her fifth studio album, 2012’s Little Broken Hearts.
Arguably the strongest entry within her six-album discography to date, Little Broken Hearts was recorded in the wake of Jones’ breakup with her boyfriend at the time and found her embracing new directions of her sound, with the support of Burton by her side. “I love the way the sounds are,” Jones admits in the short documentary film that accompanied the album’s release and can be enjoyed in full below. “I love all the textures and all the things I’ve never tried before. For me, that was really exciting.”