I appear to have wandered into a Starbucks.
Come Away with Me is the debut studio album by American recording artist Norah Jones, released on February 26, 2002, by Blue Note Records. Recording sessions took place at Sorcerer Sound Studio in New York City and Allaire Studios in Shokan, New York.Come Away with Me peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200, and received Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. It was later certified Diamond by the RIAA on February 15, 2005, for shipments of over ten million copies in the United States, and has sold over 27 million copies worldwide as of 2016, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.In April 2022, Blue Note released a 20th anniversary expanded edition of Come Away with Me, with demos from the First Sessions EP, previously unreleased demos, and outtakes.
I appear to have wandered into a Starbucks.
"Come Away With Me" is just not what I desire when I seek out music. Everything is pleasant and agreeable, and it's the competent performances that carry the disc rather than any clever tricks or notable new songs/arrangements from Norah Jones & her team (although Jones' own contributions, as few as they are, were marginally above batting average compared to the rest of the tracklist's assortment of tried-and-true standards and quasi-modern traditional cuts). This album's wide success is certainly some sort of cultural barometer of its time of release, but I can't fully speak as to why it attained the reach and absurd sales numbers that it had. I'm trying real hard not to call this a Starbucks promoted CD of amiable light clap-alongs for enjoyment while waiting in line for your coffee, but I'm fairly confident there is some significant vis-a-vis going on between Norah Jones and this particular manner of minimal commitment music consumption. If you find there's nothing wrong with "just average" or have a stronger appetite for garden variety Vocal Jazz, then you may get more from this than I did. I just prefer when something consciously made to be middle-of-the-road has more bumps and snaking patterns than this ultimately does.
This was fucking huge when it came out, like there had never been a singer songwriter before. It's chuffing boring.
Music for baby making!
I used to be very harsh about this album and say it was boring middle of the road rubbish but now I’m old I can appreciate that it’s actually really nice and relaxing.
Really silky voice, gorgeous instrumentation, at one point during the title track I saw the moon, big and gold, on my walk, and had a bit of a moment. Speaking of Glastonbury, I imagined lying in the sun early on a Sunday afternoon, as these sweet sounds floated over me from the Pyramid Stage, and it was pleasant. But, yeah, pleasant, sweet, silky, but nothing that really hit me for six. As the album went on I started thinking more about my potential scoring system than the music, which wasn't a good sign. I then started thinking the album was mostly parts that sound like music from The Sims, with parts that would fit the background to a middle class garden party. If I was planning to hand out 3s like social media references to Big Jet TV, then I would to this, but instead it gets a...
I’m in such a good mood after the Eagles lost the Super Bowl last night that not even the AOR/Starbucks-pop of Norah Jones can bring me down.
Gorgeous voice. Album is platform for showcasing it. Instruments are just an afterthought. Slow melodies, light piano makes for a lullaby, soothing type of sound throughout. Standouts are "Don't Know Why" and "Come Away With Me"
Like being stuck on a slow moving train next to a Toby jug full of warm urine that has learned how to sing
Starbucks created her in a test tube.
Fantastic. I'd forgotten how good this is. Intimate and soulful. Brilliant.
This album is perfect from the second you hit play. She hits her stride on the jazzier tunes, but I can absolutely appreciate the low-key singer/songwriter tracks. Best album we have been given so far.
Interesting blend of jazz and pop that feels like a pioneer for modern songwriting. Steady, yet provocative.
Love this album by Grapevine, TX-bred Norah Jones. She's a north Texas treasure. We went to the same middle school, but she went to a rival high school, but that's forgiven. Such an amazing voice and fantastic musicality. These are classic tunes and amazing that she was only 21 when this was recorded. Sounds like a veteran; a natural. Great listen and so happy this is on the list. Although, this album is not included in my 2018 version of the Book. Still happy to listen to it.
This was a great way to start off the list! Jones has very fine, detailed control over her voice; I really love how she’s able to demonstrate her range while not going overboard or getting too loud. She has a gentle, soothing voice that suits the material of her songs perfectly. It was entrancing; I like the light use of percussion, and how she wasn’t afraid to use a gentle touch when it came to the instruments to really let her voice shine through. Also, they were the perfect length. Overall, even though I usually don’t care for this type of music, I totally loved the album and will listen to this album and the rest of her music in the future.
Come away with me my dear
Veldig bra album!
Incredible. A classic.
A comfy blanket of an album. It wraps you up and makes you feel at home/loved. Excellent work by Norah Jones. The soft piano on 'Come Away With Me' is enchanting and uplifts her voice and the song so much. 'Painter Song' also stands out as a wonderful song on this album. They're all wonderful!
I love Norah Jones and I love this album. Her vocal performance is incredible and the music is so soothing.
Alltaf jafn yndisleg.
absolutely gorgeous voice and songs are so soulful. lovely album and singer/songwriter
This is the perfect album to listen to when it's pouring rain outside on a crisp fall afternoon while drinking tea. Feet propped on the settee and your faithful friend Nico is laying by your feet lounging as you are. You can never go wrong with Norah Jones.
Always a classic - I love the strange nostalgia of the early 2000s coffee shop vibe this album has.
I don't think I properly appreciated this album when it came out. But now, 20 years later, I understand why Norah Jones was such a phenomenon. Listening to this album just feels so good. Like slipping into cool, clean sheets after a long day. Or like a glass of whiskey, a comfy chair, and a good book. It's such a comfortable listening experience without being boring in the least. I've got absolutely nothing negative to say about this album. What a treasure.
Este disco es una joya: para empezar, la voz de Norah Jones ya es una garantía, pero encima tiene una calidad en la parte musical y en la instrumentación que ya quisieran muchos discos del estilo. Cortito y variado, que se va rápido. Quizá mi pequeño 'pero' sería que no hay una canción realmente movida, por lo que es un disco ideal para una mañana de domingo, pero no para otro momento.
Sweet jazz, blues, pop fusion singing and instrument playing. Lots beautiful o guitar and piano solos and fills.
Sweet, smooth, ooey-gooey mix of pop, jazz, folk, and country. Delicious!
It’s been a minute since I listened to this album from start to end, but I have done so many times in my life. This is also an album that I recommended to many along the way. It was a perfect soundtrack to my evening walk along the beach.
This one is a little subjective, as the title song was my wedding song. So it's a well loved album already. I love Norah Jones' voice, the lovely instrumentation, and the songs are all wonderful.
This is the perfect late night headphones album. That voice! Lovely songs that slowly invite you to a place of peaceful joy.
I wish more music was like this music. Such a smooth yet balanced sound between jazz, blues, and acoustic. Listening to this, I feel like I'm personally sharing a cup of hot chocolate with Norah in a cozy café on a snowy winter's night. I almost took away a star for personal music tastes, but then I put it back because, honestly, I don't feel there's much in this arena of music that's coming out on top.
This is a fine album. Nice easy to like songs with jazzy arrangements. Perfect background music for a dinner party with friends. 3 🌟
Shame this came so soon after Coldplay. Another musical blancmange of nothingness... Again it gets a 2 because it wasn't bad enough for a 1 but this just goes to demonstrate the futility of rating things on a five star scale.
Fahrstuhlmusik. Gut gemacht, aber doch Fahrstuhlmusik.
If this album was a Pokémon, it would be of normal type.
I want to tank its gpa or whatever dude. i didnt listen to it but nobody really liked it so a lower number is more comical
Great album! Very calm and groovy. I loved chilling out and just enjoying the smooth enticing vibe of Jones's voice. Great listen.
Mellow and relaxing. Perfect to listen to after a three day weekend and returning to work.
Prime, essential jazzy pop as smooth and as sweet as caramel. Beyond pleasant listening.
So outstanding. Could listen to all day, calms me down.
Was the perfect thing to listen to today. Loved the melodies.
it's a culture moment
There are a couple songs in the world that I can't resist cranking the volume up to its max every time I play them, no exceptions. "Don't Know Why" is absolutely one of them. A perfect song. Sets the tone for an incredible album.
There it is. 5
I used to love listening to this album after a hard day when I was in law school. I used to pop it on my record player and play it through over and over again. It was perfect chill out music.
Wow Norah!!! Beautiful stuff, great songwriting, great performance.
10/10 that was exceptionally beautiful pop/jazz favorite track was probably I’ve Got To See You Again for that sweet-ass fiddle alone
Can't believe Norah was 22 at the relase of this album. It's an indisputable classic and the work of a talented musician.
What a gorgeous voice and a chill album
I fell in love with this album in 2002. I’d just stopped smoking and come out of a long term relationship and this album gave me some comfort. Silky smooth and beautiful. Sometimes I wonder if it’s just lack of familiarity with other albums that turn me off them!? If I’d had 20 years to listen to something, would I like it more!? Who knows… this grabbed me from the start though
One of my more interesting 5s. I grew up hearing Norah Jones played throughout my house and she definitely holds up. Come Away With Me and Don’t Know Why are just gorgeous songs. Great album throughout.
Love this album
A complete home-run for adult contemporary jazz pop, its hard to deny the appeal of it. Not necessarily my cuppa tea, but it seems to hold some near-universal quality that is good. Seems like its been burned to my memory for its 20 years of existence. It seems like beauty beyond my personal preference.
reminded me sox
Such easy listening. Enchanting voice. Great 90s throwback. Awesome debut.
Een dame, een piano en wat begeleiding, zo simpel kan een jazzplaat zijn. Mooi warm geluid, dat gunstig afsteekt tegen veel ander werk dat we hier te verhapstukken krijgen. Dus ben ik maar eens royaal met de sterren.
Absolutely beautiful sounding. Amazing singing and every instrument is so subtle and perfect.
Excellent album. I had forgotten about this. Somehow listening to this album makes me nostalgic for a time or place that I never experienced. It just has that feel that makes you want to sit and watch the rain fall, or slow dance, or slow dance in the rain. Pretty excellent.
Before today, I didn't think I knew Norah Jones, but as soon as I turned on the album and heard Don't Know Why, I immediately recognized it from the radio. Norah Jones is a coffee house jazz/blues fusion artist with an absolutely beautiful voice. What I immediately liked about her music was how the music took kind of a back seat to her voice, and really allowed it to shine through. This is an absolutely perfect album for sitting in a big comfy chair with a cup of coffee and a book in front of a window with sunshine coming through on a lazy Sunday afternoon. A lot of people's reviews eluded to this being a Starbucks special, and I would agree with that statement. That isn't, however, always a bad thing. It is perfect mood music for a coffee shop or a small diner. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed today's album. Maybe I needed to have a nice, calming album today, but it really resonated with me. I will definately listen to more of Norah's catalog. The fact that this was a debut album, and was still this amazing is crazy! I listened to this album front to back twice today, and have added it to regular rotation. Favourite songs: Don't Know Why, Seven Years, Shoot the Moon, Turn Me On, Lonestar, Cold Cold Heart, Nightingale Least favourite songs: The Nearness of You 5/5
It was okay
Loved this when it first came out. Over time it sometimes felt a bit too restrained - she loosens up on later albums. But listening today it hit the 5⭐ spot. The book's description of it as a "beautiful bubblebath of an album" is very apt. If some of her subsequent albums have left you a bit cold (not the case for me) then give her 2016 album Day Breaks a listen. It's a return to the sound of Come Away With Me, with more of a jazz influence, and features the late Wayne Shorter.
Wow, my first five star album! Absolutely ADORE this album, and Norah Jones's voice is breathtaking.
This did open jazz to lots of people. Great approachable record.
This is a masterpiece. She won a wheelbarrel of grammy's. Come Away With Me is near perfection.
A pleasant break from some of the oddball ones on this list.
Very smooth and relaxed blues and folk. There is not a single bad song on this one. And while there is nothing standing out in particular, this is excellent stuff. 4.5/5
Stellar vocal jazz.
Like a bit of Nora
Beautiful voice. Puts me to sleep
Oh, what a voice. I know I've heard Jones before - on Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John from Bella and Sebastian's Write About Love. But not very much and I didn't appreciate quite how strong a vocalist she was. I gather this was quite big at the time. Well, that would correspond to when I had very small children so it we were playing more Bob the Builder in our house. So I missed this. Whether that's a good or a and thing is anyone's guess I suppose. I rather enjoyed this and had time to listen to it more than once, which is always a good sign. It's laid back and pretty, but there's nothing wrong with that. And at times it's just what I want. It's somewhere between a 4 and a 5. Heck, it's different (for me) so it'll be a 5 then.
This album made me more relaxed than I have felt in a good while. This was the first album so far that I just kept on repeat for like 3 or 4 playthroughs. Her voice is so calming. Loved this
A Beautiful and delightfully sonorous "Moody little album".
Favourite tracks: don't know why; come away with me; turn me on; seven years; nightingale
Vraiment trop bon. Une belle voix, de beau arrangements, els musiciens ont vraiment bien sizer la chanteuse sur cette album et la prodution est A1. Impossiblede passer à coté je réécoute c'est certain 5
I love her voice. It's raspy and smooth and sweet and sexy. The music is great too. So simple, no effects, nowhere to hide. Every track is simultaneously happy and sad. It's great.
Nora Jones came in like a hurricane dropped this album (which has no bad songs) then fell of the face of the earth for a while. This whole album is one of the best albums I have ever heard.
lovely jazz album. norah's voice is like milk and honey.
All time coffee shop tunes
Écouté très régulièrement depuis sa sortie, donc forcément un rapport un peu différent par rapport à quelque chose que je découvrerais. Mais c'est objectivement un très bon album de pop/jazz, avec une excellente chanteuse. Réputation tout à fait méritée
Amazing album made me feel very calm. Classic pop romance, very smooth songs and unbelievable voice. Highly recommended.
Moody coffe shop vibes
What an exceptionally beautiful voice. Just so easy to listen to.
It was nostalgic
5/5 on the mastering/mixing. I fall asleep to this album like once or twice a week.... Don't know why is good but not my favorite. Love the guitar of Seven Years Love the bass line of Cold Cold Heart, Inflections in the voice are very good Guitar and mixing on Feelin' The Same Way is especially good Come away with me is probably the best song on the album Shoot the moon is a 10/10 for me Turn me on is uhhm. Nice. I've Got To See You Again is the first song that feels like it diverges from the style of all of the previous songs, but not in a bad way. Very noire feeling. Painter song lives in my main music playlist. The background guitar is fantastic and the bass is very tasteful. One Flight Down is one that lives in my calmer playlist Nightingale is a very intimate singing experience that really hits the essence of what I consider a Norah Jones song. Kind of a last wind for this album. The Long Day is Over brings that feeling of slowing down as the album comes to an end. I like the vocals but don't as much like the tone of the guitar. Piano in The Nearness Of You is 5/5 Love this album and it is one I will continue to regularly listen to.
Love this album so much, puts me in a great mood! 5 stars@
I love Norah Jones and I don't believe this album is new to me so I'm not counting it in the project, but listening anyway. Don't Know Why is such a gorgeous opener. I could swim in this whole album, she really is the queen of understated beauty and vibes.
A wonderful album from an immensely talented artist. The album has a few great songs, but most songs a good, under-produced and showcase her style and vocal talent. The songs are intimate and colorful portraits, but the headline is her voice.
Love the piano in her music. Her voice is also amazing. The sound is really clean - more than one guitar stands out at a time, her voice, the bass. The bass really stands out which is nice - 3 songs in it feels like a jazz trio album, with her singing on it. It's such easy listening. I wonder if I'm "basic" for liking it so much, but it is just really good and enjoyable to listen to. Love me some accordion on Painter Song. I get some Stevie Wonder vibes at certain moments - really soulful.