Jesse Harris: Watching the Sky (Inertia)

 |   |  <1 min read

Jesse Harris: Looking Back
Jesse Harris: Watching the Sky (Inertia)

The news that Norah Jones has co-written a song with with Ryan Adams for her forthcoming album The Fall (due in November) is interesting: will he move in her direction or she to him? And which her, or which him?

Many of the other tracks are Jones' own work (no bad thing) or with longtime partner Jesse Harris who here delivers up a polished, almost easy listening line of melancholy melodies which locates itself somewhere between alt.country-lite, post-folk and sensitive singer-songwriter.

Lighly propelled by vibes, banjo, acoustic guitar, horns and organ, this is undeniably polite and has hints of solo Paul Simon at his most deft (around the Still Crazy period) but in a world full of writer/singers who strive for attention this one seems to have been Teflon-coated.

I'm filing this alongside that other nice Harris album I never listen to. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells, The 2009 Stereo Mixes (Universal)

Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells, The 2009 Stereo Mixes (Universal)

For some reason I largely missed the Tubular Bells phenomenon back in '73 when the album was orginally released and launched the careers of 19 year old multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield and... > Read more

Whirimako Black: Soul Sessions (Mai)

Whirimako Black: Soul Sessions (Mai)

Black's two previous te reo album - Tangihanu (2004) and Te Kura Huna (2005) - were compellingly beautiful and weaved between soul balladry and slightly esoteric jazz, but never lost sight of the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Joy Division; Unknown Pleasures

THE BARGAIN BUY: Joy Division; Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division's debut album, for the sound of Martin Hannett's production alone, changed the way people thought about music in the post-punk era. Here was glacially smooth and dark music with... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam RB

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam RB

Singer-songwriter Sam RB is probably seen by more people than most others in the country. She busks regularly on Queen Street, and it was through that she self-funded her second album Queen Sreet... > Read more