NORAH Jones says turning 30 helped her record a "more personal" album.
The Don't Know Why singer believes reaching the milestone in March forced her to reassess her life and had a change in her creative approach to making The Fall, which has sold over 500000 copies since being released last month.
She said: "It seems to be an age where everyone goes through changes. All my good friends have. Everyone's either breaking up or getting involved or married or having a baby.
"So when I made that album I was looking outside myself more, because of where I was and what was going on in the world. The past couple of years, though, I've looked inward more.''
Jones - who split from long-time boyfriend Lee Alexander this year - also said she felt no pressure to recreate the huge success she had in her 20s.
She told USA Today: "I don't feel like I have anything to prove now.
"My label was excited about me trying something new. I have a lot of support and a lot of freedom. It's a good place to be in." - Bang