Norah Jones' new album, Little Broken Hearts, is a collaboration with the producer and musician Danger Mouse. The two first worked together when Danger Mouse called upon Jones to contribute vocals to his acclaimed 2011 album ROME, and their connection proved deep enough that they decided to collaborate on Jones' fifth studio album. Little Broken Hearts, which features original songs co-written by Jones and Danger Mouse, is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the most intriguing singers to have emerged in the past decade. Together they have married their highly personal styles to create an entirely new sound.
The duo convened in Danger Mouse's Los Angeles studio in late 2011 to finish what they had begun. The songs were all built from the ground up in the studio, with Jones and Danger Mouse sharing all the songwriting credits and performing the majority of the instrumental parts; Jones on piano, keyboards, bass, and guitar, and Danger Mouse contributing drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and string arrangements.
The lead single, "Happy Pills", is a buoyant parade of sunshiny hooks that has met with an enthusiastic response from both fans and critics alike. The song surprised Jones and Burton from the moment they wrote it. "We both were like "Oh my God, this is awesome" explains Jones.
Check out the official video for "Happy Pills" after the jump.
Near the end of the project, Jones remembers listening to a clip of the original songwriting sessions with Danger Mouse from three years earlier. "It was just him playing these chords on guitar, and me singing gibberish... around three minutes in it hit a melody that really worked." TheyÂ then worked on some words, and the next day they recorded the entrancing "Travelin' On." A song, like most of the record, which is told from the perspective of a wounded lover. Jones states, "Guess you could say 'life happens,' because even though I thought I was done with that kind of song for a while, it all just seemed to come out as we worked".
Jones will tour extensively in 2012, performing at a mixture of festivals, amphitheatres and theatres in the US and abroad.
Check out her US tour dates below.
6/20 - Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
6/22 - Memphis, TN, Mud Island Amphitheatre
6/23 - Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
6/24 - Nashville, TN, Ryman
6/27 - Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
6/28 - Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center
6/29 - Rochester Jazz Fest, Kodak Hall
7/1 - Boston, MA, Bank Of America Pavilion
7/2 - Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre
7/3 - New York, NY, Summerstage
8/7 - Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
8/8Â - San Diego, CA, Copley Symphony Hall
8/10 - Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
8/12 - Lake Tahoe, Harvey's Outdoor Arena
8/15 - Bend, OR, Les Schwab
8/17 - Portland, OR, Edgefield
8/18 - Seattle, WA, Marymoor Amphitheatre
8/21 - Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden
8/23 - Denver, CO, Red Rocks
"Breaking up never sounded so fun." — Rolling Stone
"'Happy Pills' signals a refreshingly new and more aggressive direction for the once-retiring songstress." — Billboard