[ Blue Note Records / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 9 February 2004
Encore, Norah! The winner of eight Grammy awards returns with a beautiful follow-up to 'Come Away With Me'.Guests include Dolly Parton, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of The Band
Encore, Norah! The winner of eight Grammys remains in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 chart with her multi-platinum selling debut album 'Come Away With Me', but Norah is moving on...
"I really can't think about the success of last year," she says, "I'm just focusing on trying to make the best music I can at this point."
On 'Feels Like Home' veteran Arif Mardin again takes up production duties, along with Jones, and guests on the album include Dolly Parton, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of The Band, jazz drummer Brian Blade, Jesse Harris (Grammy-winning songwriter of "Don't Know Why"), Rob Burger and Tony Scherr.
The album features 13 new songs, including 7 written or co-written by Norah with each member of her touring band contributing original songs as well
'Feels Like Home' also features Jones' interpretations of songs by Townes Van Zandt, Tom Waits and Duke Ellington (with Norah setting original lyrics to the Ellington instrumental composition "Melancholia")
Norah won the following awards at the 2003 Grammys:
- Album of the Year
- Best Female Pop Vocal Album
- Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Don't Know Why"
- Record Of The Year for "Don't Know Why"
- Song Of The Year for "Don't Know Why"
- Best New Artist
- Best Engineered Album
- Producer Of The Year Arif Mardin (non classical)
"Norah's 'Come Away With Me' album was greeted with a mixture of reverence and enthusiastic endorsement the media usually reserves for artists who have attained living legend status - not 22 year old newcomers launching their debut out into the world. And for once, this proves to be more than industry hype and hyperbole. 'Come away with Me' is a truly stunning album. Like her Blue Note labelmate Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones seems insistent on exploring work from beyond the established jazz canon.
Her background as a New York born, Texas raised music student is apparent in the shimmering hybrid sound she has perfected (equal parts Billie Holiday and Emmylou Harris' 'Wrecking Ball' ). Indeed, it is the fusion of various streams of sound which make her sound difficult to categorise (if it is solely jazz then so are large parts of Joni Mitchell's and Rickie Lee Jone's careers). But most of all you will fall in love with her voice - sultry, knowing and possessing a fragility and interpretative understanding beyond her years."
With her honey-and-smoke voice, Norah transcends musical genres, drawing as much upon folk-based pop and country as she does jazz and classic soul
'There are those who are good, those who are great and those with special, special magic. And what she has is God-given' - Dallas Observer
1. Sunrise (Lee Alexander / Norah Jones)
2. What Am I to You? (Norah Jones)
3. Those Sweet Words (Lee Alexander / Richard Julian)
4. Carnival Town (Lee Alexander / Norah Jones)
5. In the Morning (Adam Levy)
6. Be Here to Love Me (Townes Van Zandt)
7. Creepin' In (Lee Alexander)
8. Toes (Lee Alexander / Norah Jones)
9. Humble Me (Kevin Breit)
10. Above Ground (Andrew Borger / Daru Oda)
11. The Long Way Home (Tom Waits)
12. The Prettiest Thing (Lee Alexander / Norah Jones)
13. Don't Miss You At All (Duke Ellington with lyrics by Norah Jones)