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  • Summary: The seven-track collection from the singer-songwriter features one new song and six others she released digitally beginning in 2018.
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  • Record Label: Virgin EMI
  • Genre(s): Vocal, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Blues, Torch Songs, Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Jazz Vocals
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  1. 83
    Where genre and production experimentation may lead others astray, Jones brings a particular grace to songwriting that allows her to adapt almost seamlessly to new forms. Begin Again revels in exploration, proving no territory is inaccessible to Jones.
  2. Apr 12, 2019
    72
    The album is a singles collection and as such, isn’t meant to have a cohesive liner structure. It’s also short, seven lean tracks with no filler, a reminder that Jones has enough talent and self-awareness—those two are rarely in concert with each other—to try her hand at multiple genres without stretching herself too thin. Some takes are better than others, but none of them are ever boring.
  3. Apr 18, 2019
    70
    It’s an entertaining assortment of Jones unrestrained.
  4. Apr 12, 2019
    60
    Every track seems to hint at a grander version than what was delivered, but the loose ends and modest scale are alluring, since they appear to offer an insight into how this fiercely imaginative, quietly fearless singer/songwriter challenges herself.
  5. Apr 12, 2019
    60
    Whether they lean closer towards her old traditionalist ways or evince greater ambition, each of these seven songs betrays that sense of ease: the recording close, the playing soft, her voice’s chalky edge and warm-blooded intimacy drawing you in.
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  1. Apr 29, 2019
    9
    Her timbre and emotional range of voice cling and delight. Even the most common phrases from her mouth are heard somehow especially. TheHer timbre and emotional range of voice cling and delight. Even the most common phrases from her mouth are heard somehow especially. The instrumental parts seemed to converge with Nora in the same dance, where they became an excellent partner: intuitively moving with her in the same rhythm, they feel her every movement of the voice, the course of her thoughts and conceived steps.
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    ____ The album was very warm and elegant. Perfect for relaxing evenings when you want to contemplate and enjoy the smooth flow of time.
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