The Fall isn't a major change for Norah Jones, so much as it represents an evolution toward a new sound altogether. Jones has gone on record as saying she wanted to revamp her music, but The Fall is by no means her "rock" album. Fans of her previous work won't be disappointed: She pushes toward her new direction gently and subtly rather than plowing into it.
On The Fall, Jones maintains her jazzy, sultry sound while pushing into more contemporary pop territory. "Chasing Pirates," "Even Though" and "It's Gonna Be" (the album's most rock-oriented song) are excellent examples of her new approach. But she doesn't abandon the old one completely: "Back to Manhattan" may be her loveliest song since "Come Away With Me," while "Man of the Hour" is set to a bluesy shuffle and "December" possesses a lullaby-like quality.
A warm, organic-sounding record, The Fall showcases Jones' musical depth in exciting and unexpected ways, suitable for old fans and newcomers alike. Please leave your opinions of the album in the comments section below.