User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35

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  1. 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 elevators and dental offices worldwide. Very disappointing.
  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. johnw
    Nov 18, 2009
    9
    My favorite Norah album since Come Away With Me every song is unique and keeps my attention...glad she still can make intersting music unlike alot of artist who usually fade by their 4th album!
  4. hannahw
    Nov 17, 2009
    9
    Great grooves, varied tones gives the voice new background texture on which to lay down a slightly rougher, sexier, yet still subtle and commanding sound. Norah is in full command here, doing what she wants - growing, changing, evolving herself and her music without regard for the critics who want her in a box or want who want her to ignore the strengths that made her appealing in the Great grooves, varied tones gives the voice new background texture on which to lay down a slightly rougher, sexier, yet still subtle and commanding sound. Norah is in full command here, doing what she wants - growing, changing, evolving herself and her music without regard for the critics who want her in a box or want who want her to ignore the strengths that made her appealing in the first place. Always herself first, it's refreshing to see that Norah Jones isn't beholden to her brand or her hype. Expand
  5. 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 a perfect, melodic flow to it, and its beautiful to listen to.
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. 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.
  2. The Fall is ultimately a mildly more adventurous art-pop take on her piano-based cabaret style.
  3. If the hardcore fanbase feel a blanch coming on, this isn't all wilful eclecticism gone mad. King's work is The Fall's unifying factor that keeps it cohesive.