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If This Feels Like Home, I WANNA MOVE!!!

  • May 13, 2004
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I really thought that after hearing Miss Jones' first album "Come Away With Me", ranting about her to anyone that would listen, & then giving it a five star rating that she and I would become the best of friends, musically speaking. Not so, in her poorly written & produced sad sack of a Sophomoric attempt with "Feels Like Home".

Instead of the funky, blues, jazz mix infused with a tiny bit of country thrown in for good measure, which REALLY WORKED on "Come Away With Me", we instead get a totally COUNTRIFIED, WATERED-DOWN version of Norah and her so-called friends. Don't get me wrong, I like country music. However, this is not what I was expecting at all. The song, "Creepin' In" with none other than guest artist Dolly Parton grates on the nerves like fingernails down a chalkboard. Most of the other selections are just "so, so" and nothing like what we were able to experience on "Come Away With Me".

However, I do enjoy the single "Sunrise" a little, Tom Waits' "The Long Way Home" is fine, and "Don't Miss You At All" is mediocre at best. Thus the two stars instead of one.

Hopefully, if Norah releases a third album, she will go back to the roots of "Come Away With Me". I can't really even recommend this CD to the country music lover. This album just fails and fails miserably. If THIS is WHAT HOME FEELS LIKE, then I WANNA MOVE!

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This is an Hyper CD, which contains regular audio tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.

After the unexpected runaway success of COME AWAY WITH ME, where to next? The good news about Norah Jones's sophomore effort is that she and producer Arif Mardin decided to leave well enough alone in most regards. There are no screeching guitars, thumping drum machines, or padding synthesizers, and most of the tempos are slow or laid-back--way back. Guests Garth Hudson and Levon Helm of the Band contribute to "What Am I to You?" and Dolly Parton makes an appearance on bassist Lee Alexander's "Creepin' In." Jones's backing group, the Handsome Band, provides just the right stripped-down accompaniments and subtle touches to support the blessing that is her voice.

Jones knows how to luxuriate in the sumptuousness of her sound and infuse such unlikely lyrics as "my toes just touched the water" with a sensual blues sensibility. On top of all this, when it comes to phrasing, her tremendous instincts and smarts put her in rare company. What Jones does explore further is the art of songwriting, and the results here give every indication that she is on the right track.

'Feels Like Home' features 13 tracks & a host of special guests including Dolly Parton, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson of the Band, Jesse Harris, Robert Burger and Tony Scherr. Blue Note. 2004.

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