Norah Jones and Dave Sitek Elevate the Remix, Reimagine the Duet With “She’s 22”

Norah Jones and Dave Sitek Elevate the Remix, Reimagine the Duet With “She’s 22”
She makes us happy: Jones.
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We think of remixes as skewing songs, sending them in different directions — typically toward the dance floor. “She’s 22” — a track off Norah Jones’s forthcoming album “Little Broken Hearts” that has already been remixed, for a Record Store Day release, by ace indie producer and TV on the Radio guy Dave Sitek — is a little skewed to begin with. Going on the title alone, you might think it was a groupie anthem by a hair metal band, or maybe a tender portrait of a young woman finding her way in the world. But Jones makes it a first-person heartbreaker — the 22-year-old in question has captured the fascination of the narrator’s lover.

And instead of recreating the song, Sitek — who does subtract the acoustic guitar in favor of a vibrant (though gentle) beat — shores it up, making it sexier, more confident, more of a challenge to the man, all while preserving its shivery center. White noise ripples across the top; it sounds like goosebumps feel. You could also look at it another way: The man answering the question that Jones poses — “Does she make you happy?” The remix sounds all the better when you realize that he’s not entirely sure.

 

The Remix

 

The Original

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