Back To Manhattan
Label: Blue Note Records
Norah Jones trades in her piano for the guitar, and not only do her Texas roots shine through more, her connections to indie songstresses like Cat Power, Jenny Lewis and Feist become all the more apparent. Her spacious, laid-back style still rules the day, but a darker mood takes hold on songs like "Even Though" and "I Wouldn't Need You." Her Old World ballad mastery glimmers on "Back to Manhattan," and "Man of the Hour" reveals a bit of Ms. Jones' goofy side. Backing her are simpatico musicians from the bands of Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer and Al Green.