NORAH, IN REVIEW: She may not live in North Texas anymore, but Norah Jones is still one of the area’s most successful exports (36 million albums and counting). So when she puts out a new album, we take notice. The reviews for The Fall, called both her break-up album and her rock album, have been good to really good. “Despite its low-key manner, there remain moments of penetrating pathos, oblique references to happiness lost,” Preston Jones writes in his dfw.com review. “Although the University of North Texas alum could easily rake in millions by dumping pale imitations of Come Away With Me upon consumers, Jones isn’t satisfied with plowing well-turned soil.” Meanwhile, the national mags each rate it at 3.5 stars. Rolling Stone calls it, “avant-roots music that rocks, albeit gently,” while Spin says its, “a hot-blooded soul record from the queen of the even keel.” Interested.
BUSH LIBRARY, REVEALED: Plans for the George W. Bush Presidential Center were unveiled on Wednesday. The building, to be located at SMU, sticks with the campus’ Georgian theme and will feature the familiar red brick and limestone. David Dillon analyzed the model and drawings for dallasnews.com, writing, “It makes for a restrained but gracious approach, appropriately scaled and reminiscent of the forecourt of George Dahl’s Meadows School of the Arts, still the best modern building on campus.”
MUSEUM MUSIC: You might think a band named Great American Novel would contain a couple of writers moonlighting as musicians. And you’d be wrong. The three members of the band actually all work at Fort Worth museums – one at the Amon Carter and two at the Modern. And just because these guys’ day jobs are in quiet institutions doesn’t mean the music reflects their work environments. It’s actually the opposite: “We’ve had people tell us everything from Nirvana to Firehouse to even The Who,” vocalist Will Gillham tells FW Weekly. Take a listen on the band’s MySpace page.