Boring, Oregon is a town near Portland where there are a whole bunch of fields and an annual folk music festival. Just boring, though, is a young woman, and her name is Norah Jones.
No matter what I do, I cannot understand why people think Norah Jones is so great. She’s beautiful, yes, and she has a nice voice, and I hear that her piano skills are impressive, but the combination has never gotten my attention and I am continually shocked at the sheer number of people who love her stuff. It’s boring. Every song sounds the same. And it’s all so hushy. I totally understand how it appeals to the older set, who finally are able to be hip without having to beat their eardrums with ripping guitar lines or pounding beats. And I suppose she is good for the jazz folk b/c as a crossover type, she brings people into the jazz world that never would have found their own way. But man, listening to her music just makes me groan.
If she’s really as talented as she’s cracked up to be, then I challenge her to live up to the hype and write something that does more than soothe the frazzled nerves of contemporary America. Music should bring something to an audience that they weren’t aware of, or didn’t have, or just didn’t have the words for. What her music does is quite different; her music says “shhh…its alright…just go to sleep…” etc. etc.