Pink gets nominated for two Grammy Awards

Pink
Pink
Capping off an incredible year, P!nk has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, including the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category for her hit single “Sober” and in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for her multi-platinum selling album Funhouse. These two make a total of nine Grammy nominations for P!nk, who has won the coveted music award two times – for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2001 for “Lady Marmalade,” performed with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, and Mya, and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for “Trouble” from 2004’s Try This.

2009 has proved to be a whirlwind year for the international superstar, who’s nominated album Funhouse has now sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and boasts her first #1 Billboard single, “So What!” The album also inspired her wildly successful Funhouse Tour which took the world by storm this year, travelling across the globe and breaking touring records along the way. P!nk is now the most successful solo touring artist of all time in Australia, playing an unprecedented 60 sold out arena shows. Stateside, the US leg of the Funhouse Tour was P!nk’s first ever headlining arena tour in her home country. Kicking off in Seattle on September 15th, the tour packed arenas across the country and left fans and critics raving. The New York Times proclaimed, “Even in an era of escalating pop spectacle, Pink’s ‘Funhouse’ tour is going to be hard to top…Onstage she was a down-to-earth superwoman.” P!nk even previewed her Funhouse Tour with a fearless acrobatic performance at this year’s MTV VMA Awards.

P!nk’s dazzling live concert is captured in her recently released live DVD/album Funhouse Tour Live In Australia. The concert was filmed entirely in HD in Australia and features P!nk performing hits from the past decade as well as new favorites from Funhouse.

Since her debut in 2000, P!nk has been widely hailed as a fearlessly talented singer/songwriter. To date, the Pennsylvania native has sold 30 million albums cumulatively worldwide. Her previous albums include: her four million-unit selling debut, Can’t Take Me Home (2000); her sophomore follow-up, M!ssundaztood (2001) which sold 11 million worldwide; the 2.7 million worldwide seller Try This (2003), and I’m Not Dead (2006), which sold over 5 million units globally and spawned two No. 1 hits ”Who Knew” and “U + Ur Hand.”

Praise for P!nk:

“Pink can out-sing almost anyone out there. She can out-crazy Gaga or Lily. She’s the total pop-star package, everything you’d want in a singer/entertainer/icon” – MTV.COM

“One of the best rock shows of the year.” – New York Post

“Pink even pulled off an impressive version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’…Like everything in Friday’s concert- like everything in Pink’s career- the song was a gamble, but one that the singer made look like a piece of cake.” – Los Angeles Times

“Pink’s true gift is as a musical androgynist — blurring the line between rocker and pop star, or between mourner and celebrant.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Pop music’s edgiest star” -Rolling Stone

“During a two-hour, turbo-charged performance at Key Arena, the platinum-blonde powerhouse overshadowed trapeze dancers, huge inflatable harlequins, Broadway-worthy choreography, and a pillow fight (!), wowing the packed crowd with her charisma, athleticism, and — most disarming of all — sense of humor.” – SPIN

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Grammy nominations 2010

Record Of The Year
(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)

* Halo
Beyoncé
Beyoncé Knowles & Ryan Tedder, producers; Jim Caruana, Mark “Spike” Stent & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers
Track from: I Am… Sasha Fierce
[Music World Music / Columbia]

* I Gotta Feeling
The Black Eyed Peas
David Guetta & Frederick Riesterer, producers; will.i.am, Dylan “3-D” Dresdow & Padraic “Padlock” Kerin, engineers/mixers
[Interscope]

* Use Somebody
Kings Of Leon
Jacquire King & Angelo Petraglia, producers; Jacquire King, engineer/mixer
[RCA Records]

* Poker Face
Lady Gaga
RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, engineers/mixers
Track from: The Fame
[Streamline/Interscope/Konlive/Cherrytree]

* You Belong With Me
Taylor Swift
Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers
[Big Machine Records]

Album Of The Year
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

* I Am… Sasha Fierce
Beyoncé
Shondrae “Mr. Bangledesh” Crawford, Ian Dench, D-Town, Toby Gad, Sean “The Pen” Garrett, Amanda Ghost, Jim Jonsin, Beyoncé Knowles, Rico Love, Dave McCracken, Terius “The Dream” Nash, Radio Killa, Stargate, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Ryan Tedder & Wayne Wilkins, producers; Jim Caruana, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Toby Gad, Kuk Harrell, Jim Jonsin, Jaycen Joshua, Dave Pensado, Radio Killa, Mark “Spike” Stent, Ryan Tedder, Brian “B-LUV” Thomas, Marcos Tovar, Miles Walker & Wayne Wilkins, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
[Music World Music / Columbia]

* The E.N.D.
The Black Eyed Peas
Apl.de.ap, Jean Baptiste, Printz Board, DJ Replay, Funkagenda, David Guetta, Keith Harris, Mark Knight, Poet Name Life, Frederick Riesterer & will.i.am, producers; Dylan “3D” Dresdow, Padraic “Padlock” Kerin & will.i.am, engineers/mixers; Chris Bellman, mastering engineer
[Interscope Records]

* The Fame
Lady Gaga
Flo Rida, Colby O’Donis & Space Cowboy, featured artists; Brian & Josh, Rob Fusari, Martin Kierszenbaum, RedOne & Space Cowboy, producers; 4Mil, Robert Orton, RedOne, Dave Russell & Tony Ugval, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
[Streamline/Interscope/Konlive/Cherrytree]

* Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King
Dave Matthews Band
Rob Cavallo, producer; Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, engineers/mixers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer
[RCA Records / Bama Rags Recordings, LLC.]

* Fearless
Taylor Swift
Colbie Caillat, featured artist; Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers; Hank Williams, mastering engineer
[Big Machine Records]

Song Of The Year
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* Poker Face
Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
Track from: The Fame
[Streamline/Interscope/Konlive/Cherrytree; Publishers: Stefani Germanotta p/k/a Lady Gaga, Sony/ATV Songs/House of Gaga Publishing/GloJoe Music, Sony/ATV Songs/RedOne Productions.]

* Pretty Wings
Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
Track from: Blacksummers’ Night
[Columbia; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tunes/Muszewell, EMI April Music, Ben Ami Music.]

* Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Track from: I Am… Sasha Fierce
[Music World Music / Columbia; Publishers: Songs of Peer/March 9th Publishing, 2082 Music/WB Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Tunes, Suga Wuga Music, B-Day Publishing/EMI April Music.]

* Use Somebody
Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
[RCA Records; Publishers: Martha Street Music/Songs of Combustion Music/Music of Windswept, Followill Music/Songs of Combustion Music/Music of Windswept, McFearless Music/Bug Music, Coffee, Tea or Me Publishing/Bug Music.]

* You Belong With Me
Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Track from: Fearless
[Big Machine Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Taylor Swift Music/Potting Shed Music, Barbara Orbison World Publishing.]

Rihanna tops Billboard charts with “Rated R”

rihanna-rated-r-coverRolling Stone raved “one of the best pop records of the year.” The Chicago Sun Times called it “by far the best, most layered and most heartfelt effort of the 21-year-old artist’s career.” Critics and fans alike have been raving about Rihanna’s new album Rated R, which makes its debut today atop the Billboard R&B Albums chart at #1. With over 181,000 copies in its first week of release, Rated R stands as the biggest first-week Soundscan tally of Rihanna’s career.

After a whirlwind promotional tour leading up to the release of Rated R – including a London concert broadcast on MTV, BET and VH1 and performances on the American Music Awards, The Late Show with David Letterman and a Good Morning America concert in New York City’s Times Square – Rihanna’s two singles, “Russian Roulette” and “Hard” feat. Jeezy, are everywhere. Already exploding at radio, “Hard” was the #1 most added record at both the pop and urban formats, and was the greatest gainer at rhythm.

Rihanna will make two very special appearances in New York City later this week. Tomorrow, Thursday December 3rd, she will perform her first major New York area concert in over a year, with a special show at Hammerstein Ballroom sponsored by Myspace, Jetblue and radio station Hot 97. The show will stream live on Myspace.com/Rihanna at 9pm EST tomorrow night. Then, on Saturday December 5th, Rihanna will make her Saturday Night Live debut as musical guest.

Snoop Dogg to release “Malice N Wonderland”

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is readying the release of his tenth studio album, “Malice N Wonderland,” due out on December 8th, courtesy of EMI’s newly re-launched Priority Records, where he also serves as Creative Chairman. Fans can log on to Snoop’s MySpace page (www.myspace.com/snoopdogg) to exclusively hear the album in its entirety. In preparation for the milestone album, Snoop will be performing his newest single, “I Wanna Rock,” on Fox’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance tonight.

As a follow up to the first single, “Gangsta Luv,” featuring The Dream, Snoop chose “I Wanna Rock” – a clever re-working of the classic Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two” produced by Scoop Deville. The bouncy and infectious song is sure to lend itself to the latest “jerk movement” craze. Just released to mixshow last week, the song has gotten a tremendous amount of support and is generating a huge buzz. The accompanying video, directed by Eric Peyton, features guest appearances by Jamie Foxx and showcases incredible dance sequences from MTV’s 2009 America’s Best Dance Crew winners, Quest Crew, Power Rangers and the Snoopettes. The appearance on So You Think You Can Dance will mimic the video, with all starring dancers on stage with Snoop to create an energetic and unforgettable performance.

Snoop has also announced performances on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Last Call with Carson Daly, The Wendy Williams Show, One Life to Live and The Colbert Report as well as appearances on Larry King, The View, The Martha Stewart Show and The Wanda Sykes Show. Additionally, Snoop is the ESPN Artist of the Month in December. Throughout the month of December, songs from Malice N Wonderland will be featured throughout ESPN’s programming.

The forthcoming album title provides interesting results as the intersection of “malice” and “wonder” combines for an exciting listen. “When I started to put together this record I had a lot of malice in my heart-just focusing on making hardcore gangsta music,” explains Snoop. “But then my mood lightened and I wanted to make some music that just felt good…to me and to the ladies.” Producers who collaborated on “Malice N Wonderland” include hitmakers Teddy Riley, Pharrell, Lil Jon, among others along with guest appearances by artists such as R Kelly, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan and Soulja Boy.

Download Katharine McPhee’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” free

katharine-mcpheeAmerican Idol Alum, Katharine McPhee is being featured as the iTunes Discovery Download for her cover of the holiday classic, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” You can download the song for free on iTunes for this week only.

Katharine McPhee warmly laughs as she confesses she’s been in “artistic hiding” for the last few years.
“It took me a long time to figure out where I wanted to go and be as an artist,” she says. “I needed time to learn who I was as a musician.”
Once she discovered the answer, however, her path was sure and swift. On Unbroken, her Verve Records debut, listeners will discover a glorious side of McPhee previously untapped. Poignant, vital lyrics swell over full, lush melodies. McPhee’s supple, clear voice, resonating with emotion and confidence, caresses each note on this collection of soon–to–be pop classics. Read entire Katharine McPhee biography.

3 Doors Down to release “Where my Christmas Lives”

3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down
Bringing Christmas cheer a bit early, 3 Doors Down are set to release an 8-song EP of acoustic versions of tracks from their current release, 3 Doors Down, including two versions (full band and acoustic) of a newly penned Christmas track, “Where My Christmas Lives,” announced today. Titled Where My Christmas Lives, the EP will be available at iTunes and all digital retailers for $5.99, as well as the studio and separately the acoustic version of “Where My Christmas Lives” will be available each digitally for .99.

“’Where My Christmas Lives’ is a song about family. Family is what makes Christmas what it is. The times we share with family at Christmas make memories that last forever,” said lead singer Brad Arnold.

Recorded in Nashville with long-time producer Johnny K (Plain White T’s, Finger Eleven), the tracklisting as follows:
“Where My Christmas Lives” (studio version)
“It’s Not My Time”
“The Only One You’ve Got”
“Your Arms Feel Like Home”
“Let Me Be Myself”
“Pages”
“Runaway”
“Where My Christmas Lives” (acoustic version)

Norah Jones Announces US Tour Dates & Premieres Remixes

Norah Jones
Norah Jones
Norah Jones has announced U.S. tour dates in support of her critically-acclaimed new album The Fall, which was released by EMI’s Blue Note Records on November 17. The 36-city tour will kick off March 5, 2010. Please find all tour dates listed below. A select number of shows will go on sale beginning December 4, 2009. Full venue and ticketing information is available at http://www.norahjones.com/tour/.

Jones will also be premiering several remixes from The Fall this week. The three tracks will be featured on three different websites throughout the week. On December 1, RCRD LBL (http://rcrdlbl.com/) will present “That’s What I Said (The NYC Remix by Adrock and Mike D).” On December 2, Stereogum (http://stereogum.com/) will present “Chasing Pirates (Santigold and Snotty Remix).” On December 3, Artist Direct (http://www.artistdirect.com/) will present “Chasing Pirates (Droogs Remix),” which was created by a remix collective that included Beck. The remixes will be released digitally and on vinyl on January 12, 2010.

“We decided to have people I admire do some remixes,” Jones recently told Entertainment Weekly. “[Adrock and Mike D of] Beasties Boys did one, and Beck, and Santigold.” Jones first collaborated with Beastie Boys during the 2008 presidential election when they recruited her for their Get Out The Vote concerts, which also included Santigold. Jones also appeared in the season finale of 30 Rock this past May along with Mike D and Adrock. Jones and Beck first met when they performed together on KCRW’s holiday concert in 2002.

The Fall finds Jones experimenting with a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partner Jesse Harris. King also helped Jones put together a new group of musicians to perform on the album, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer).

NORAH JONES – 2010 U.S. TOUR DATES

March 5 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
March 6 Kansas City, MO The Midland
March 7 Omaha, NE Orpheum
March 9 Des Moines, IA Civic Center
March 11 Akron, OH E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
March 12 Louisville, KY Whitney Hall
March 13 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
March 15 Madison, WI Overture Hall
March 17 St. Paul, MN The O’Shaughnessy
March 19 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
March 20 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
March 25 Boston, MA Wang Theatre
March 26 Mashantucket, CT MGM Foxwoods
March 27 New York, NY WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
March 30 Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House
April 1 Charlottesville, VA The Paramount Theater
April 2 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
April 3 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
April 18 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
April 19 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Hall
April 21 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
April 23 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theater
April 24 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre
April 25 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theater
April 28 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium
April 29 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre
May 1 Austin, TX Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
May 4 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
May 5 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
May 6 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
May 8 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
May 9 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre
May 11 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 12 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
May 14 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
May 15 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Puddle of Mudd to release “Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate”

Puddle of Mudd
Puddle of Mudd
Puddle Of Mudd, release their fourth studio set, “Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate”, on December 8. The album follows the phenomenal success of POM’s third release, 2007’s Famous. Famous proved the band’s consistency to deliver to not only their fans, but on all business platforms. One single off of Famous, “Psycho,” earned Billboard Magazine’s highest honors – #1 Mainstream Rock Song of the Year, #4 Hot Modern Rock Song of the Year, as well as Mainstream Rock #2 Artist of 2008. Radio and Records posted “Psycho” as the #1 Rock Song of 2008, #2 Active Rock Song of the Year, and POM earned their Number 3 status for Rock Artist of the Year.

Recording Volume 4 in Vancouver & Los Angeles, Puddle Of Mudd (POM) smartly re-enlisted the talents of Brian Howes, who produced the aforementioned Famous and John Kurzweg, who produced 2001’s album, Come Clean. “Even though we hate messing with success, we felt adding newcomer Brain Virtue to the producer mix would be a welcome change,” say frontman Wes Scantlin. “What we got is 10 tracks of exactly what we were looking for,” adds Scantlin.

In addition to singer/guitarist Wes Scantlin, bassist Douglas Ardito, drummer Ryan Yerdon and the return of guitarist Paul Phillips on guitars round out the POM line-up. The band’s 2001 debut album Come Clean generated four #1 alternative and rock radio hit singles (“Blurry,” “She Hates Me,” “Control” and “Drift And Die”), with “Blurry” becoming the most played track on Modern Rock Radio for 2002 and scooping the ASCAP award for most played song of the year. 2003 saw the release of their follow up Life On Display, which featured the top 5 radio hit “Away From Me” and the top 10 hit “Heel Over Head.”

The first single from Volume 4, “Spaceship,” will be available to fans October 27th on Amazon.com and iTunes. For the video, the band hired Petro Papahadjopoulos to create the visual component that will include guest appearances by Nitro Circus, action sport legends – Travis Pastrana, Jolene Van Vugt, Jim DeChamp, Andy Bell, Erik Roner, “Streetbike” Tommy Passemante, Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey, and Hubert Rowland.

“It’s easy and predictable to say I’m most proud of this record,” says band frontman Wes Scantlin, adding “but I think it’s more appropriate to say I’m most proud of what we’ve accomplished as a band to this point.” The music business has gotten nothing but more difficult over the years, since the band’s debut. But an unfazed Scantlin is quick to credit not only their ability to write ear-friendly songs, but to credit the fans that react to them. Says Wes, “we’ve not only navigated the minefield successfully, but we’ve laid our own on the battlefield that is this business. As self-sufficient as ever, we virtually depend on the fans to come through for us – and because of that, this band is built for the future.”

Current Tour Dates:
22-Oct AT&T Center San Antonio, TX
23-Oct Nokia Theatre @ Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, TX
24-Oct Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX
26-Oct Blue Note Columbia, MO
28-Oct Wilma Theatre Missoula, MT
30-Oct Shaw Conference Center Edmonton, CAN
1-Nov Shrine Auditorium Billings, MT
3-Nov Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
4-Nov El Corazon Seattle, WA
4-Dec Germain Arena Estero, FL

Susan Boyle “I Dreamed a Dream” review

Susan Boyle I dreamed a dream

Artist: Susan Boyle
Title: I Dreamed a Dream
Label: Sony
Rating: 6/10

Corporate line: She captured the hearts of millions and became a worldwide YouTube phenomenon with over 300 million hits. An inspiration for those who have a dream, the talented Susan Boyle presents her stunning debut album. Susan surprised the world with her powerful, heart stopping voice when she walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage. Now with a beautiful and diverse album she will, once again, defy preconceptions. I Dreamed a Dream, the album, crafted by world acclaimed producer Steve Mac, demonstrates Susan Boyle’s extensive musical ability. Featuring her signature songs, `I Dreamed a Dream’ & `Cry me a River’ the album also includes a haunting rendition of Rolling Stones “Wild Horses”, Madonna’s `You’ll See, The Monkees `Daydream Believer’ and “Who I Was Born To Be” an original recording written specially for Susan. Susan enthused; “It was my greatest ambition to release an album and I have finally achieved it. This amazing journey has helped me find my own identity and fulfill my wish. There is happiness out there for everyone who dares to dream.”

Review:
1. Wild Horses – If this take on the Rolling Stones’ classic doesn’t give you goosebumps then you must be missing a soul. [8/10]

2. I Dreamed A Dream – This is the rendition that captured the world and took their collective breathe away. What can you say–it’s beautiful. [8/10]

3. Cry Me A River – Boyle does manage to pull off a good rendition. [7/10]

4. How Great Thou Art – This surely stoked much pride in her native Britain. [6/10]

5. You’ll See – Boyle’s take on Madonna is actually shocking. Frankly, if Madonna was this good of a singer she’d be a bigger star than she is–imagine that. [7/10]

6. Daydream Believer – Unfortunately this is amazingly pedestrian and hokey. [2/10]

7. Up To The Mountain – Although Boyle can hit all the notes and pulls it off–there seems to be a lack of soul. It sounds like Boyle is simply going through the motions. [6/10]

8. Amazing Grace – Done nicely–but there are a million versions out there and Boyle doesn’t do much with it. [6/10]

9. Who I Was Born To Be – Simply beautiful. It’s far more touching than many of the other tracks. Boyle doesn’t sound like she is going through the motions. [8/10]

10. Proud – Filler. [5/10]

11. The End Of The World – This is boring. It’s missing something right in the middle. [5/10]

12. Silent Night – Certain to be a holiday staple. [8/10]

Frankly: Sadly this album was overrated. The problem is that Susan Boyle was rushed to get an album out before Christmas and with that came nothing but a cover album. Surely Susan Boyle will be printing money with the sales of “I Dreamed a Dream” but its to bad there is nothing original. At some point it’ll be interesting to hear Boyle’s own voice.

Norah Jones “The Fall” review

Norah Jones

Artist: Norah Jones
Title: The Fall
Label: Blue Note
Rating: 6.5/10

Corporate Line: Norah has taken a new direction on the The Fall, experimenting with different sounds and a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits and Modest Mouse. Jones enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partners Jesse Harris & Richard Julian. Musicians include drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer). The first single/video is for the album’s lead track ‘Chasing Pirates’.

1. Chasing Pirates – A Lovely song that isn’t far from the Norah Jones that fans have come to know and love. If anything, its quite accessible for those who might hear Jones for the very first time. [9/10]

2. Even Though – Where as “Chasing Pirates” lived in the Norah Jones of old it was also sexy and available to all–this song is a bit less so. It’s pretty–but can be a tad slow. [8/10]

3. Light As A Feather – Instead of that jazzy little singer, Jones sounds positively tough in an Aimee Mann sort of way. [7/10]

4. Young Blood – It doesn’t seem to bode well that this song could be mistaken for a number of singers. It’s missing something–a key ingrediant. Some cohesive piece that ties it into the rest of the album. [4/10]

5. I Wouldn’t Need You – The husky voice and somber tone are back and its a place Jones should never leave. [6/10]

6. Waiting – Simple, maybe too simple. It’s a barren song with a bit too much twinkling and too little of Jones’ voice. [5/10]

7. It’s Gonna Be -It’s good to hear Jones get out of her comfort zone. Too bad she shot so far out of her zone that she overshot into something that sounds a bit uncomfortable. [5/10]

8. You’ve Ruined Me – Devoid of soul. Boring. [4/10]

9. Back To Manhattan – Jones finally finds her groove once again and sucks you back into her beautifully soulful voice. [7/10]

10. Stuck – This isn’t as far out of her comfort zone as “Young Blood”–and doesn’t sound nearly as confused or painful. However, the guitar solo could have been left somewhere far behind. [6/10]

11. December – Certainly a pretty track–but it’s almost too slow. There is something nearly painful about how far Jones has to drag out each and every syllable. [6/10]

12. Tell Yer Mama – A bit too falsely southern for even Jones, who can seemingly slip-in-and-out of any skin. [6/10]

13. Man of the Hour – Jones may not be able to choose between “a vegan and a pothead” but she did choose a good song. It’s sad that this was saved until last when it could have surely boosted up the middle of the album. It’s proof positive that Jones still has such a strong jazz soul and that perhaps it was her biggest mistake stepping out of that. [8/10]

Frankly: Norah Jones is a great. But that doesn’t mean every song she writes/sings is great. But Jones is always good for a handful of great tracks. “Chasing Pirates” and “Man of the Hour” stand out. The rest is mostly hit or miss. Unlike albums in Jones’ past, “The Fall” isn’t nearly cohesive enough. If only “The Fall” could have found a foothold in “Chasing Pirates.”