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Norah Jones at Overture Hall

I've always enjoyed playing Norah Jones on the radio, but I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy an entire evening of her songs.  She's been dubbed "Snorah" by some critics because they think she is boring. When she came out in her little polka dotted dress to the big Overture Hall stage, she looked tiny despite have a five piece band behind her.  She gave a little wave to the crowd and started to sing.   Uh oh.  She seemed a bit stiff when playing the guitar and much more comfortable while playing the piano.  No matter what she was playing on stage her voice was beautiful.  Early on she didn't have much to say to the crowd except that she was going to play some songs from her new album before she got to the "old stuff."  She did become a little more chatty as the evening progressed as she explained the dress she was wearing was purchased the day before at a vintage clothing store here in Madison.  She wondered if the original owner was in the audience and how strange that would be for both of them. Norah is definitely trying to expand her sound with the new album and it seems to be working, but it seemed like she got the biggest response for songs from her first two albums.  Although she may have gotten the biggest round of applause for a song on her new album The Fall.  The song is called Man of the Hour.  It's about her dog.  She also did a few covers including Long Way Home from Tom Waits and Strangers from The Kinks. Jones and her long time boyfriend/bass player Lee Alexander broke up before this album was created and perhaps that's what changed her sound. Both the old and new were great and she certaintly WASN'T  "Snorah".

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