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Come Away With Me
Problem is, that for most of the time on Come Away With Me, Jones sounds just like a 22-year-old with a Nina Simone fixation rather than the real deal
Phil Udell, 03 Apr 2002
Twenty-two-year-old Norah Jones is old before time, at least in musical terms anyway. Her debut album Come Away With Me is steeped in the great jazz, blues and soul artists of yore rather than the more contemporary confessions of the new singer songwriter set.
Problem is, that for most of the time on Come Away With Me, Jones sounds just like a 22-year-old with a Nina Simone fixation rather than the real deal. It could be that she has yet to love and lose like her heroes, but the album’s 14 tracks are mostly lacking in any degree of depth – nearer in spirit to the lobby of a Holiday Inn than the smoke filled room of a New Orleans jazz club.
On the up side, the handful of covers here are really quite good. Hank William’s ‘Cold Cold Heart’, Carmichal’s ‘The Nearness Of You’ and especially a sultry version of Simone’s ‘Turn Me On’ are all handled with great aplomb, suggesting that Norah Jones should concentrate on the standards for a while and give her own personality time to develop.