Have you heard Norah Jones' new Little Broken Hearts record yet? Personally, I'm digging it. But whatever you think of the music, you need to show Ms. Jones some serious respect. She may be the bravest artist around with that level of success (did I mention that Come Away With Me has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide?). Oddly, when most people have that kind of crazy success, they become prisoners of it. They obsess over topping themselves. Or, even worse, they waste their time and attention on not losing their place in the world.
But not Norah. The new record is produced by Danger Mouse. Yep. You read it right. And before that she put out her second record with The Little Willies, an old-school country band. Even the art direction on this new project is unexpected and bold. Yet, just like all the music she's done up to now, it's still very much "her." That's really saying something. To pull that off, you have to know exactly who you are. And have the balls to stand up and and tell the world.