Feels Like Home

Feels Like Home

by Norah Jones

Compact Disc(Enhanced)

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Overview

The subtlest of pop stars, Norah Jones beguiled listeners with her low-key delivery and classic vocal pop sensibilities on her 2002 debut smash, Come Away with Me. She hasn't changed her tune much on the follow-up, wisely resisting any sophomore impulse to add a glossy sheen to her organic, jazz-informed arrangements. Again produced by Arif Mardin, Feels Like Home is a cozy listen for Jones fans, as she brightens various hues in her palette but maintains the noirish tone of Come Away with Me. The singsongy single "Sunrise" is up-tempo for Jones, a tuneful toe-tapper with an optimistic message, and "Carnival Town" reinforces her warm embrace of traditional vocal pop as the circular, piano-led melody echoes a study of the symbolic possibilities in a Ferris wheel. Both songs were co-written by Jones and her bassist, Lee Alexander, a sign of the singer's stepped-up songwriting contributions. Jones lets a little more steam out on her completely self-penned "What Am I to You?," a slow-cooking blues that captures the restrained passion in her voice, with instrumental support from Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band and guitarist Tony Scherr, and on "In the Morning," penned by her regular six-stringer Adam Levy, a slinky examination of lovesickness flavored by Jones's tasteful playing on a Wurlitzer electric piano. She gets a little bit country on "Creepin' In," wherein Dolly Parton reciprocates for Jones's contribution to the Parton tribute Just Because I'm a Woman with typically stellar vocals, trading verses on a tasteful and twangy breakdown. But Jones shines equally on "Don't Miss You at All" -- actually Ellington's instrumental "Melancholia" with new, original lyrics -- a piano-and-voice, post-breakup look at a relationship. Whether on her own at the piano or joined by close friends, Norah Jones continues to enchant with her honeyed voice, sophisticated playing, and sincere expression. Welcome home.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2004
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724358480009
catalogNumber: 84800
Rank: 7206

Tracks

  1. Sunrise
  2. What Am I to You?
  3. Those Sweet Words
  4. Carnival Town
  5. In the Morning
  6. Be Here to Love Me
  7. Creepin’ In
  8. Toes
  9. Humble Me
  10. Above Ground
  11. The Long Way Home
  12. The Prettiest Thing
  13. Don’t Miss You at All

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norah Jones   Primary Artist,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Brian Blade   Drums
Levon Helm   Drums
Garth Hudson   Accordion,Hammond Organ
Tony Scherr   Electric Guitar
Kevin Breit   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Banjolin,Foot Percussion,Foot Stomping,Guitar (Resonator)
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Rob Burger   Pump Organ
Andrew Borger   Drums,Snare Drums,Box
Adam Levy   Electric Guitar
David Gold   Viola
Daru Oda   Flute,Background Vocals
Handsome Band   Accompaniment
Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos   Acoustic Guitar
Lee Alexander   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Richard Julian   Composer
Arif Mardin   Producer,String Arrangements
Jay Newland   Engineer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Kevin Breit   Composer
Burton Yount   Design Production Assistant
Andrew Borger   Composer
Adam Levy   Composer
Norah Jones   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Daru Oda   Composer
Lee Alexander   Composer

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