Norah Jones

It would have been easy for Norah Jones to settle into a comfortable career of easy adult contemporary after the monster success of her jazzy debut album, 2002's Come Away with Me, and for a few years she did, releasing three more critically acclaimed, soft-spoken records. But Jones has shown herself to have an adventurous spirit, collaborating over the years with OutKast and The Lonely Island, and after guesting on Danger Mouse's 2011 spaghetti western album Rome, she decided to have him produce a record for her. The result is Little Broken Hearts, a collection of biting songs that Jones wrote about an acerbic breakup and that Danger Mouse turned into sharp and polished pop tracks. Jones' dusky voice sounds the same, but she's throwing daggers like "With you gone, I'm alive/Makes me feel like I took happy pills" and "Miriam/You know you done me wrong/I'm gonna smile when I take your life." Smooth jazz this is not. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sat., Aug. 18, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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