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Day Breaks is the sixth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Norah Jones, released on October 7, 2016, through Blue Note Records.[4] The album features nine original songs and three covers. Jones returned to a piano-driven sound as heard on releases early in her career.[4] It peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200, becoming her sixth album to reach the top ten.[5] Day Breaks received positive reviews from music critics, with many praising the album's production and Jones' vocals with many comparing it favorably to her debut album Come Away with Me.[6] Jones promoted the album with television performances and interviews. To further promote the album, Jones embarked on Daybreaks World Tour.

Day Breaks
NorahJonesDayBreaks.jpg
Studio album by Norah Jones
Released October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Recorded 2015[1]
Genre
Length 48:47
Label Blue Note
Producer
Norah Jones chronology
Foreverly
(2013)Foreverly2013
Day Breaks
(2016)
Singles from Day Breaks
  1. "Carry On"
    Released: August 5, 2016
  2. "Flipside"
    Released: November 28, 2016[3]

Contents

ReleaseEdit

Day Breaks was released on October 7, 2016, through Blue Note Records. At the time of its release it was made available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. A limited edition orange vinyl was also released.[7]

Writing and recordingEdit

Eight songs on the album are composed or co-written by Jones; composing on piano, she intended the album as a return to the sound of her 2002 debut, Come Away with Me.[4] The album was co-produced by Jones and Eli Wolf and features drummer Brian Blade, organist Lonnie Smith and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.[8][9] Jones explains the songs were composed by drawing on jazz music influences and were recorded live without any overdubbing.[9][1]

There are three cover songs on Day Breaks: "Peace", by Horace Silver (first recorded by Jones in 2001), "Fleurette Africaine (African Flower)", by Duke Ellington and "Don't Be Denied", originally by Neil Young, whose lyrics were recast in the third person by Jones. The album also includes "Sleeping Wild" written by Sarah Oda, who co-wrote three other tracks on the album and co-produced.[4]

The album was released on October 7, 2016 and the first single was the title song, "Day Breaks".[4] Subsequent singles included the songs "Flipside" and "Tragedy".[citation needed]

PromotionEdit

Jones performed songs from Day Breaks on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon[10] and The Today Show.[11] She discussed the album on PBS's Tavis Smiley show on October 14, 2016.[12] She also appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and performed her cover of Horace Silver's "Peace" from the album. To further promote the album, Jones embarked on Daybreaks World Tour.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 7.1/10[13]
Metacritic 77/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [14]
The Arts Desk      [15]
The Buffalo News     [16]
Entertainment Weekly A–[17]
Evening Standard      [18]
Exclaim! 8/10[19]
Mojo      [20]
Newsday A[21]
The Sydney Morning Herald      [22]
Uncut      [23]

Day Breaks received an average score of 77/100 from 10 reviews on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[6] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album four out of five stars and wrote that "Jones' originals feel as elegant as time-honored standards, and all her covers feel fresh. The former speak to her craft, the latter to her gifts as a stylist, and the two combine to turn Day Breaks into a satisfying testament to her ever-evolving musicianship."[14] Glenn Gamboa of Newsday rated the album an "A", calling it Jones' "latest masterpiece."[21] Rating the album an "A-", Entertainment Weekly's Jim Farber writes of Jones: "Not since her entrancing debut has she sounded this engaged."[17]

AccoladesEdit

Publication Rank List
Entertainment Weekly 25 The 50 Best Albums of 2016[24]
Rolling Stone 46 50 Best Albums of 2016[25]

Commercial performanceEdit

Day Breaks debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 (behind Green Day's Revolution Radio), moving 47,000 equivalent album units; it sold 44,000 copies in its first week, with the remainder of its unit total reflecting the album's streaming activity and track sales.[5] It was a considerable drop from her previous efforts, Little Broken Hearts (2013) and The Fall (2009), which opened to sales of 110,000 and 180,000 units, respectively.[26] The album debuted at number one on the US Jazz Albums chart, making it Jones' second album to reach number one.[5]

Track listingEdit

Standard edition[27][28]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Burn" Norah Jones, Sarah Oda 4:38
2. "Tragedy" Jones, Oda 4:14
3. "Flipside" Jones, Peter Remm 3:41
4. "It's a Wonderful Time for Love" Jones, Oda 3:53
5. "And Then There Was You" Jones, Remm 3:05
6. "Don't Be Denied" Neil Young 5:36
7. "Day Breaks" Jones, Remm 3:57
8. "Peace" Horace Silver 5:15
9. "Once I Had a Laugh" Jones 3:12
10. "Sleeping Wild" Oda 3:07
11. "Carry On" Jones 2:48
12. "Fleurette Africaine (African Flower)" Duke Ellington 5:21
Total length: 48:47

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[30]

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[75] Gold 7,500*
Poland (ZPAV)[76] Gold 10,000*
South Korea 2,381[77]

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Worldwide October 7, 2016 [78]
October 21, 2016 Streaming

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