On the texturally rich "Bright Abyss," the ensemble merges and surges as one, going from quirky cocktail jazz to manic art rock in under 10 minutes.
The album features Bowie's mesmerizing "A Small Plot of Land" and prayerful "Warszawa." Reverence for their onetime boss turns to artful innovation, and (Little Idiot/Mute **) Moby's new outfit is no doubt a rejuvenation for the 51-year-old, a grinding industrial respite from the textural quietude that's made up his last decade, with the exception of 2008's diva-disco .
When pushed by Usa Today on the album's title, Jones insists the songs are not entirely "a diary" about her experiences with her ex-boyfriend, whom she also doesn't identify by name, saying, "There are bits of other things in there.
But whereas that album was full of late-night confidences and the comforting, honeyed vocals that are a Jones trademark, it was really a pop album with jazz trappings.
She co-wrote the material with Danger Mouse, the songwriter and producer best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley.
Jones explained, "I asked if he would be interested in producing something for me. I had always gone into the studio with songs ready, but he wanted us to start from scratch.
11 years into a career that has seen her scoop up nine Grammys and top numerous bestseller lists with her breezy jazz-pop sound, you'd forgive her for resisting any major reinvention at this stage.
That said, those familiar with her contribution to the LP will know that this couple aren't as odd as you'd think.
They made significant contributions as David Bowie's band for the latter's 2016 abstract, post-everything .
Now Bowie's theatrical musicality and life-affirming work ethic has seeped into Mc Caslin's newest project with his buds, and it's dedicated to Bowie.
Following her vocal contributions to his Rome tribute to Italian film music, Norah Jones and producer Danger Mouse develop their collaboration more deeply with Little Broken Hearts, a dozen explorations of romantic splits and sadness prompted by ructions in Jones's own private life.
It's an unusual alliance of often contradictory shadings, Danger Mouse's playful diversity casting all kinds of different shadows over Jones's subtly hypnotic, hurt tones.
The album was recorded using vintage equipment and, as well as featuring musicians who recorded spaghetti western soundtracks, also features a reunited Cantori Moderni – the choir put together by Alessandro Alessandroni – which features on the soundtrack to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
The album also features vocals by the American singers Jack White on the tracks "The Rose with the Broken Neck", "Two Against One" and "The World", and Norah Jones on the tracks "Season's Trees", "Black" and "Problem Queen".