Mardin died in the summer of , and in his absence, Jones recorded Not Too Late at the home studio she shares with her collaborator, bassist and boyfriend Lee Alexander. Although it shares many of the same sonic characteristics as Jones ' first two albums, Not Too Late boasts many subtle differences that add up to a distinctly different aesthetic.
Jones and Alexander have stripped Norah 's music to its core. Gone are any covers of pop standards, gone are the studio pros, gone is the enveloping lushness that made Come Away with Me so easy to embrace, something that Not Too Late is most decidedly not. While this might not have the rough edges of a four-track demo, Not Too Late is most certainly music that was made at home with little or no consideration of an audience much larger than Jones and Alexander.
It's spare, sometimes skeletal, often sleepy and lackadaisical, wandering from tunes plucked out on acoustic guitars and pianos to those with richer full-band arrangements. Norah Jones has never exactly been lively -- part of her charm was her sultry slowness, ideal for both Sunday afternoons and late nights -- but the atmosphere here is stultifying even if it's not exactly unpleasant. After all, unpleasantness seems to run contrary to Jones ' nature, and even if she dabbles in Tom Waits -ian carnivalesque stomps "Sinkin' Soon" or tentatively stabs at politics "My Dear Country" , it never feels out of place; often, the shift is so subtle that it's hard to notice.
That subtlety is the biggest Achilles' heel on Not Too Late , as it manifests itself in songs that aren't particularly distinctive or performances that are particularly varied. There are exceptions to the rule and they all arrive with full-band arrangements, whether it's the lazy jazz shuffle of "Until the End," the country-tinged "Be My Somebody," or the wonderful laid-back soul of "Thinking About You.
They would have been standouts on Feels Like Home , but here they are even more distinctive because the rest of the record plays like a sketchbook, capturing Jones and Alexander figuring out how to move forward after such great success. Instead of being the end result of those experiments, the completed painting after the sketch, Not Too Late captures their process, which is interesting if not quite compelling.
But its very release is a clear statement of artistic purpose for Jones : its ragged, unfinished nature illustrates that she's more interested in pursuing her art than recycling Come Away with Me , and if this third album isn't as satisfying as that debut, it nevertheless is a welcome transitional effort that proves her artistic heart is in the right place. Little Room. Rosie's Lullaby. Not Too Late. Not Too Late Live. Thinking About You. Until The End. Wish I Could Lyrics. Until the End Lyrics.
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Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Main Album Not Too Late Release Date January 30, Label Blue Note.Not Too Late is Norah Jones' third album. I'm not sure I would say this is my favorite by her, but it seems to be the one I've listened to the most over the last few years. It took some time to grow on me, but I ended up pretty fond of this album. This is very mellow music/5().