I don't normally take my music instructions from weekly newsmagazines, but when both TIME and Newsweek this week had articles about Norah Jones and her debut CD, I felt I should purchase it. That was a very wise decision on my part, for both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. My wife feels that her voice is "mellow", but I prefer using the word "smokey". She has a mixture of song styles on this CD, and she does well in all of them. Considering her age, I feel sure that she is only going to improve with additional experience and releases, and I anticipate all of them. This is the type of CD that just calls out for being listened to with a glass of bubbly in your hand, while you're sitting in front of a roaring fire with your significant other.
Pros: Norah Jones style is welcome escape from the frenzy of everyday life. Cons: The music becomes boring half way through the album. The Bottom Line: Despite the fact that I can only listen to half of Come Away With Me at a time, the album remains in my collection. Original Release Date: February 26, 2002 Genre: Popular Label: Blue Note Records Number of Discs: (1) … more
I first saw Norah Jones on Saturday Night Live. She performed the now, smash-hit "Don't Know Why". After hearing her perform, I went out the next day and immediately bought the CD. For only hearing one song, I must say that the CD WASN'T what I expected at ALL! It was MUCH, MUCH better and a truly pleasant surprise. I really don't know how to categorize Miss Jones as she is jazz, country, pop, blues, & R&B all wrapped up in a beautiful package. I liked all the songs on the disc, especially since … more
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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It is not just the timbre of Norah Jones's voice that is mature beyond her 22 years. Her assured phrasing and precise time are more often found in older singers as well. She is instantly recognizable, blending shades ofBillie HolidayandNina Simonewithout sounding like anyone but herself. Any way you slice it, she is a singer to be reckoned with. Her readings of theHank Williamsclassic "Cold Cold Heart" andHoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You" alone are worth the price of the CD. Jones's own material, while not bad, pales a bit next to such masterpieces. They might have fared better had she and producer Arif Mardin opted for some livelier arrangements, taking better advantage of brilliant sidemen such asBill Frisell, Kevin Breit, andBrian Blade; or if the tunes had simply been given less laconic performances. Jones has all the tools; what will come with experience and some careful listening to artists like J.J. Cale and Shirley Horn is the knack of remaining low-key without sounding sleepy--sometimes less is not, in fact, more.--Michael Ross