Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off The Floor (Deluxe Edition) (2020) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off The Floor (Deluxe Edition) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:03:48 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Jazz, Pop
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“Hurts To Be Alone” appears on Jones’ seventh solo studio album Pick Me Up Off The Floor, which will be released in an expanded 30-track digital Deluxe Edition on October 16 featuring 17 at-home performances culled from her much-loved weekly livestreams. The Deluxe Edition will include live versions of Norah’s previously unreleased original song “Light Wind Blowing” along with songs from the new album, favorites from her back catalog, jazz standards (“How Deep Is The Ocean”), covers of Guns N’ Roses (“Patience”) and Kris Kristofferson (“For The Good Times”), and tributes to John Prine (“That’s The Way The World Goes Round”) and her father Ravi Shankar (“I Am Missing You”). See below for a full track listing.

The New Yorker raved about her “Extraordinary At-Home Concerts” writing “The live-at-home approach suits Jones ideally. It foregrounds her directness and natural musicianship, reminding us (as if we could have forgotten) that she is a truly great singer and a stylish pianist… The music is what Jones’s music has been all along: standards, in the broadest sense, and originals akin to the standards, all founded on her economical, artful piano playing and her extraordinary voice.”

Pick Me Up Off The Floor was released in June to wide acclaim, a set of new original songs that spoke deeply to the moment and featured collaborators including Jeff Tweedy and Brian Blade. The songs were drawn from various sessions for her singles series but the album held together beautifully, connected by the sly groove of her piano trios, lyrics that confront loss and portend hope, and a heavy mood that leans into darkness before ultimately finding the light.

A misconception has sometimes been associate with Norah Jones: that the Texan is little more than a pleasant light-jazz singer whose albums serve as harmless background music for high-brow and proper evening dinners. Though her writing, playing and eclectic collaborations, she has clearly proved that she is far more interesting than this cliché. And this 2020 offering is a new illustration of her complexity. As is often the case with Norah Jones, Pick Me Up Off the Floor is not quite jazz, not quite blues, not quite country, etc… Her genre-defying music works primarily to suit the song being played. Here we find what has been left behind after sessions with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Thomas Bartlett, Mavis Staples, Rodrigo Amarante and several others.

But for all that the result is not simply a contrived mishmash of collaborations but a collection of songs that hold the same silky groove (present on six out of 11 tracks on the record in which Brian Blade’s drums work delicate miracles) and calm sound which increasingly suits the artist, somewhere between pure poetry and realism. “Every session I’ve done, there’ve been extra songs I didn’t release, and they’ve sort of been collecting for the last two years. I became really enamoured with them, having the rough mixes on my phone, listening while I walk the dog. The songs stayed stuck in my head and I realised that they had this surreal thread running through them. It feels like a fever dream taking place somewhere between God, the Devil, the heart, the Country, the planet, and me.” Rarely has Norah Jones sang with such strength, like on I’m Alive where she sings of women’s resilience, or on How I Weep in which she tackles love and exasperation with unequalled grace. This Deluxe Edition contains two bonus tracks and a collection of 17 songs culled from Norah’s Live From Home weekly livestream series. Thie Live From Home selections include a mix of career-spanning originals and such covers as Guns N’Roses’ Patience, John Prine’s That’s The Way The World Goes Round and Ravi Shankar’s I Am Missing You. – Marc Zisman


1. Norah Jones – How I Weep
2. Norah Jones – Flame Twin
3. Norah Jones – Hurts To Be Alone
4. Norah Jones – Heartbroken, Day After
5. Norah Jones – Say No More
6. Norah Jones – This Life
7. Norah Jones – To Live
8. Norah Jones – I’m Alive
9. Norah Jones – Were You Watching?
10. Norah Jones – Stumble On My Way
11. Norah Jones – Heaven Above
12. Norah Jones – I’ll Be Gone
13. Norah Jones – Tryin’ To Keep It Together
14. Norah Jones – Light Wind Blowing
15. Norah Jones – Nightingale
16. Norah Jones – That’s The Way The World Goes Round
17. Norah Jones – It’s Gonna Be
18. Norah Jones – I Am Missing You
19. Norah Jones – To Live
20. Norah Jones – Hurts To Be Alone
21. Norah Jones – How Deep Is The Ocean
22. Norah Jones – Sinkin’ Soon
23. Norah Jones – You Don’t Know
24. Norah Jones – Patience
25. Norah Jones – I’m Alive
26. Norah Jones – Carnival Town
27. Norah Jones – Wake Me Up
28. Norah Jones – Tryin’ To Keep It Together
29. Norah Jones – Begin Again
30. Norah Jones – For The Good Times



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