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Come Away with Me

Come Away with Me is the debut album of pianist and singer Norah Jones, released February 26, 2002 on Blue Note Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at New York City's Sorcerer Sound Studio and Shokan's Allaire Studios in 2001. Although genre classification has been disputed, Jones' mellow style and playing on Come Away with Me is recognized as contemporary jazz.

The album's critical and commercial success was a breakthrough for Jones in 2002. It reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart and several jazz charts, while it's four singles became mainstream hits. As sales figures and certifications indicate, Come Away with Me sold over 2 million copies by the end of the year. The album also topped many critics' "albums of the year" lists and gathered major music awards in the process, including eight Grammy Awards. Following initial sales, Come Away with Me was certified diamond by the RIAA on February 15, 2005 having sold over 10 million copies in its first three years of release.

Reception

The genre of Come Away with Me was the subject of much debate, especially within the vocal jazz community. Many artists held that because Norah Jones made few changes to the original melody and rhythm of the covered tracks, such as "Turn Me On" and "The Nearness of You", that the album did not qualify as jazz, which entailed some degree of interpretation and improvisation. Still, the presence of accomplished jazz musicians Bill Frisell, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, and Sam Yahel, as well as the complex and sophisticated jazz-influenced compositions of Jesse Harris, gave the album an overall jazz feel. Critics have viewed the music of Come Away with Me as a blend of vocal jazz and acoustic pop with soul and country music overtones.

Success

Despite genre classification disputes over the album, Come Away with Me's unique combination of jazz, folk, and soul, as well as Jones's fresh voice, caught the attention of consumers and critics alike. The album sold approximately twenty million copies worldwide and won five awards at the Grammy Awards of 2003, including "Record of the Year", "Album of the Year", and "Song of the Year" for "Don't Know Why". Although she was happy about her success, Jones felt bad about sweeping the Grammy Awards. In an interview for 60 Minutes, Jones told Katie Couric:

I felt like I went to somebody else's birthday party and I ate all their cake. Without anybody else getting a piece. That's how I felt.|Norah Jones|cquote

Upon initial release on February 26, 2002, Come Away with Me had a slow progression up the charts. However, it eventually gained a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on August 22, 2002. It went on to sell over seven million copies over the next year, and on February 15, 2005, was certified as a diamond record by the RIAA. Other issues of the album, including a Canadian bonus DVD version, followed in response to the album's initial success.

Track listing

  1. "Don't Know Why" (Harris) – 3:06
  2. "Seven Years" (Alexander) – 2:25
  3. "Cold Cold Heart" (Williams) – 3:38
  4. "Feelin' the Same Way" (Alexander) – 2:57
  5. "Come Away with Me" (Jones) – 3:18
  6. "Shoot the Moon" (Harris) – 3:56
  7. "Turn Me On" (Loudermilk) – 2:34
  8. "Lonestar" (Alexander) – 3:06
  9. "I've Got to See You Again" (Harris) – 4:13
  10. "Painter Song" (Alexander, Hopkins) – 2:42
  11. "One Flight Down" (Harris) – 3:05
  12. "Nightingale" (Jones) – 4:12
  13. "The Long Day Is Over" (Harris, Jones) – 2:44
  14. "The Nearness of You" (Carmichael, Washington) – 3:07

Personnel

Musicians

Name Instrument
Norah Jones piano, electric piano, vocals, Wurlitzer
Lee Alexander bass
Brian Blade percussion, drums
Kevin Breit acoustic guitar, electric guitar, National steel guitar
Rob Burger accordion, pump organ
Bill Frisell electric guitar
Jesse Harris acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Adam Levy acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Dan Rieser drums
Adam Rogers guitar
Jenny Scheinman violin
Tony Scherr acoustic guitar, slide guitar
Kenny Wollesen drums
Sam Yahel Hammond organ

Additional personnel

Producers Norah Jones, Arif Mardin, Jay Newland, Craig Street
Engineers S. Husky Höskulds, Jay Newland
Assistant engineers Mark Birkey, Dick Kondas, Brandon Mason, Todd Parker
Mixing Arif Mardin, Jay Newland
Mixing assistant Todd Parker
Remixing Jay Newland
Mastering Ted Jensen, Mark Wilder
A&R Brian Bacchus, Chris Cofoni, Bruce Lundvall, Eliott Wolf
Assistant David Swope
Production coordination Eden White, Shell White
Product manager Zach Hochkeppel
Creative director Gordon Jee
String arrangements Arif Mardin
Art direction Jessica Novod
Design Jessica Novod
Photography Joanne Savio

Chart history

Album

Chart (2002) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 5
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 1
Canada Top 100 Albums 1
Chart (2003) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 3
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz 1

Singles

Year Single Chart Peak
position
2002 "Come Away with Me" Canadian Singles Chart 2
2003 Adult Top 40 21
2002 "Don't Know Why" Adult Contemporary 4
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 30
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 32
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 21
2003 U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1
2004 "Turn Me On" Canadian Singles Chart 10

Certifications

Chart Certification Sales Weeks
U.S. Recording Industry Association of America Diamond 10,300,000+
Europe IFPI 7x platinum 7,000,000+
United Kingdom BPI 7x platinum 2,432,714
France IFPI 2x diamond 1,627,800+ 106
Canada CRIA Diamond 1,000,000
Germany IFPI 2x platinum 600,000+
Australia ARIA 9x platinum 630,000+ 106
Brazil ABPD Platinum 250,000+
Netherlands NVPI/Megacharts 3x platinum 240,000+ 104
Argentina CAPIF 5x platinum 200,000+
New Zealand RIANZ 11x platinum 165,000+ 94
Denmark GPF 3x platinum 90,000+ 115
Switzerland Media Control 2x platinum 80,000+ 132
Poland OLiS 7x platinum 7,000,000+ 65
Sweden GPF Platinum 60,000+ 106
Austria Media Control/IFPI 2x platinum 60,000+ 101
Mexico Amprofon Gold 50,000+
United World Chart Media Traffic 11x platinum 22,000,000+

Awards

Grammy Awards
Year Winner Category
2003 Come Away with Me Album of the Year
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Best Pop Vocal Album
"Don't Know Why" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Record of the Year
Song of the Year

References

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