No one would have blamed Norah Jones for retiring at 23 after taking over the world with 2002’s Come Away With Me. Hell, no one would’ve blamed her for remaining a dependable jazz-pop singer for the rest of her career, content to play auditoriums and lounges for a steadily aging audience. Her first single from her next album, Little Broken Hearts, isn’t the most adventurous thing in the world, but it’s definitely forward-thinking. Produced by Danger Mouse, "Happy Pills" has Jones decrying some bogus ex of hers over a sanguine rhythm, her voice as smoky and confident as ever.
Little Broken Hearts is out on May 1, but Jones will premiere a slew of songs at SXSW in March. Wonderful!