The instant “Say Goodbye” starts you immediately notice two things: 1) This isn’t a sound we’ve previously associated with Norah Jones, probably because 2) Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton’s fingerprints (paw prints?) are all over this track. The understated, shimmering synth chords combined with the subtle laying of guitars are, for any fans of Broken Bells, a clear indication of the mighty Mouse at work.
The subdued joy of the opening melody flows into Norah’s bittersweet memories of a lover, eventually leading us deep into the melancholy and sincerity within this dark side of pop. …Little Broken Hearts, the latest Burton/Jones collaboration since 2011’s Rome, comes out May 1st.