Jones Brings Quiet Confidence to Come Away With Me
- Mark Weber Entertainment Writer
- 2002 5 May
Come Away With Me
Blue Note Records
Every once in a while you stumble across a song on the radio that not only mesmerizes you with its unique sound but also captivates your very soul with its intimate feel. You say to yourself, "Who is that?"
Norah Jones, with her perfect-as-a-sunset-at-the-beach radio single, Don't Know Why, is the kind of unclassifiable-yet-undeniable artist that gets people talking.
Jones' Blue Note Records' debut, Come Away With Me, will have you wanting to do just that. Her music, with its relaxing blend of spare piano, cool bass, shuffling drums and melodic strings, transports you to places out of this world. Without a doubt, fans of Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall and Alicia Keys need to add Come Away With Me to their collections. People will be talking about this CD decades from now.
Jones may be in her early 20s, but her breathy, alluring voice has a timeless quality, a mix of Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Carole King and Edie Brickell.
Though Come Away With Me is on a jazz label, it transcends the genre, with hints of blues, folk and country that are as diverse as they are irresistible, thanks in large part to the work of noted producer Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Willie Nelson).
The entire disc is a joy to listen to, but standout tracks include Hank Williams' Cold, Cold Heart, with its repetitive bass riff and piano sprinkled throughout; Turn Me On, with Jones' nod to the legendary Nina Simone; and The Nearness of You, which ends the disc on a warm, romantic note.
Jones' voice and the simple, uncluttered musical arrangements on Come Away With Me will transport you far away from the stresses of daily life. Whether you're looking for music to dance to by candlelight, or you're just a hopeful/hopeless romantic, Come Away With Me will not disappoint.
Simply said, Norah Jones is a legend-in-the-making.