Even though Little Broken hearts is her best work, Day Breaks is an amazing album back to her jazz roots! Love the sound and her voice. Lyrics are once again very good with special meaning. Norah is a true artist who deserves our attention and support. I bought the album!
You're wrong. CAWM is not a typical jazz album. It's actually very much a country album and when she makes music like this it's her bread and butter. Saying it's not unique is foul judgement considering adult jazz/country spearheaded her discography.
Reading a pitchfork review which called Day Breaks a 'no-frills record that fades into the background without much fuss' I wasn't expecting too much of a thrill. For me, it's fantastic - mature and focused. Calm, yet captivating. A very much 'yes-frills' record.
I don't get why people care so much about Pitchfork's reviews. They never cared to review her previous albums so why should I trust their opinion? Moreover, it's an indie website. They might be great at reviewing indie pop and rock but they SUCK at reviewing jazz, soul etc. Same for Gregory Porter, they gave his latest album a lukewarm review (although it's a real gem imo) yet they never cared to review his previous efforts (because it was Disclosure that put him on the map for them, the same way that working with Danger Mouse justified Norah being on P4K...). Pitchfork should stick to pop, rock and electronica they would do the music world the greatest justice. They are just a bunch of hypocrits.