(31 January 2004)
Grammy winner Norah Jones is back with a followup
to her best winning album of last year.
Feels Like Home maintains the beautiful clarity
of her vocals with a touch of jazz, blues,
and enticing ballads. One can almost imagine sitting
in the coffeehouse, listening to the
mellow and rich vocals of this captivating vocalist.
The disc begins with the smoky, sultry "Sunrise",
"What Am I To You"and "Those Sweet Words."
Norah has a laid back quality to her music and bringing
in the bluesy guitar instrumentals
adds to the lounging melodies. Her lovely vocals
possess a warmth and languid quality.
"Carnival Town" has a jazzy tone, accompanied
by soft piano that gives the listener the feeling
of sitting around the piano bar. More upbeat jazz
follows with "In The Morning" while piano,
soothing electric (Adam Levy) and acoustic
(Kevin Breit) guitar change the mood to a more
bluesy feel in "Be Here To Love Me."
Dolly Parton joins Norah in "Creepin' In,"
where their two voices blend in a more bubbly
bluegrass duet. Dolly's distinctive vocals make
these lyrics stand out along with the fun melody.
This one was certainly a toe-tapper.
The CD continues with enjoyable material,
but after a few songs, there is not a great deal of
diversity. Some instrumentals stand out, such as
Adam Levy's electric guitar in "Toes" and Kevin
Breit's resonator guitar in "Humble Me." There
are elements of jazz, blues, country and folk/pop
music throughout this album.
In conjunction with Blue Note Music we have the pleasure of pointing visitors to streaming audio of new material
(click here!) from Norah Jones (website).
Read further reviews, listen to soundbites and order the album from amazon.com here. It certainly will attract
many of Norah's fans, and is worth the
listen.--Audrey Elliot in New York