NORAH JONES - PICK ME UP OFF THE FLOOR - ALBUM REVIEW
Right from her 5x Grammy-awarded debut Come Away With Me, Norah Jones has always been an artist chara-cterized by class and style, a perfect soundtrack to any exclusive restaurant dinner. Occasionally, this smoothn-ess has led to some dull moments on her previous six albums. But on Pick Me Up Off the Floor, her tunefulness and skillfulness, and the way she controls her voice are just too damn good to dismiss as “boring”. A bit heavy on ballads, indeed, especially by the end, but played in the right time at the right moment when you’re in need of a stress-down, it is magnify-cent in its intimate and relaxing way of dealing with both lyrical content (“I’m Alive”, “To Live”) and musicality (“Flame Twin”). Norah sticks to her jazz-inspired folk and offers nothing particularly new; what she does is rather per-fecting an already estab-lished formula, and the results are mostly stunning.