The Fall

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Here, Jones ties up loose ends, unafraid to sound smooth or sultry, letting in just enough dissonance and discord to give this dimension, creating a subtle but rather extraordinary low-key record that functions as a piece of mood music but lingers longer, thanks to its finely crafted songs.
  2. During the 13-song set, Jones ditches the gentle piano-playing of her previous work and rises to a new level of creative boldness.
  3. 80
    The emotional imprint of The Fall moves beyond the pining, wistful tones that are her trademark in favour of Sex And The City scenarios bursting with heartbreak, regret and emotional devastation.
  4. Easy listening princess goes indie-goth.
  5. Q Magazine
    80
    The Fall contains more than a few copper-bottomed classics: the languid and steamy I Wouldn't Need You, the Ryan Adams co-write Light As A Feather, and Chasing Pirates, a near-perfect two-and-half minute study of the racing thoughts that get in the way of sleep. [Dec 2009, p. 114]
  6. It’s the sonic and emotional expansion her music needed, and its tied to some of her most unguarded songs.
  7. She seems liberated from the expectations of what her music is supposed to sound like, and the album is flush with fresh production ideas and a varied sonic palette.
  8. Less predictable was her now clear desire to take risks and step off the all-too-well-forged path of safe, agreeable background music. Instead, on The Fall Norah Jones chooses to defy categorization.
  9. On The Fall, Jones is clearly comfortable with where she’s arrived, and is ready to throw open the doors for a party.
  10. The Fall is a concept album with a punchline, with most of the songs detailing the push and pull of a faltering relationship.
  11. 70
    The Fall has been billed as Norah Jones' rock album. In fact, it's something even more surprising: a hot-blooded soul record from the queen of the even keel.
  12. The result is avant-roots music that rocks, albeit gently.
  13. The Fall offers many new sides to Jones while remaining comfortably close to the jazz diva many adore.
  14. She's also got a voice that seems made to jump genres: supple, mellifluous, effortlessly sexy. But even when Jones lets it rip, so to speak, as on The Fall's moderately rollicking saloon stomper 'It's Gonna Be,' she remains, at heart, a girl gone mild.
  15. Filter
    66
    But unlike Not Too Late, Jones' latest decision to ditch her keys for strings is a poor one. In a way, she had indeed found a different beat to groove to, and if anyone can play in a piano bar without a piano, it would certainly be Norah Jones. [Holiday 2009, p. 91]
  16. The Fall is ultimately a mildly more adventurous art-pop take on her piano-based cabaret style.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 9, 2012
    9
    Rather than a fall, Norah in fact bounces back up with this release. The songs are all unique, yet bonded by similarities. The Fall has aRather than a fall, Norah in fact bounces back up with this release. The songs are all unique, yet bonded by similarities. The Fall has a perfect, melodic flow to it, and its beautiful to listen to. Full Review »
  2. JasonS
    Nov 19, 2009
    4
    This Cd is not what I hoped it would be change can be good but not in this case.
  3. PaulK
    Nov 19, 2009
    5
    Could this album be any more benign musically? Jones' lyrics may be conceptual and probing, but the music of this album is destined for Could this album be any more benign musically? Jones' lyrics may be conceptual and probing, but the music of this album is destined for elevators and dental offices worldwide. Very disappointing. Full Review »