Norah Jones - Feels Like Home (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

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Norah Jones - Feels Like Home (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Norah Jones - Feels Like Home (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 46:19 | 1802 / 989 mb
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: front cover

Feels like Home is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Norah Jones, released on February 10, 2004, through Blue Note Records. It serves as the follow up to Jones' 2002 breakthrough album, Come Away with Me.
At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards the album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. "Sunrise", the album's lead single, won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. "Creepin' In", featuring Dolly Parton, was also nominated for a Grammy, in the category of Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

It may be far too obvious to even mention that Norah Jones' follow-up to her 18-million-unit-selling, eight-Grammy-winning, genre-bending, super-smash album Come Away With Me has perhaps a bit too much to live up to. But that's probably the biggest conundrum for Jones: having to follow up the phenomenal success of an album that was never designed to be so hugely popular in the first place. Come Away With Me was a little album by an unknown pianist/vocalist who attempted to mix jazz, country, and folk in an acoustic setting – who knew? Feels Like Home could be seen as "Come Away With Me Again" if not for that fact that it's actually better. Smartly following the template forged by Jones and producer Arif Mardin, there is the intimate single "Sunrise," some reworked cover tunes, some interesting originals, and one ostensible jazz standard. These are all good things, for also like its predecessor, Feels Like Home is a soft and amiable album that frames Jones' soft-focus Aretha Franklin voice with a group of songs that are as classy as they are quiet. Granted, not unlike the dippy albeit catchy hit "Don't Know Why," they often portend deep thoughts but come off in the end more like heartfelt daydreams. Of course, Jones could sing the phone book and make it sound deep, and that's what's going to keep listeners coming back.

What's surprising here are the bluesy, more jaunty songs that really dig into the country stylings only hinted at on Come Away With Me. To these ends, the infectious shuffle of "What Am I to You?" finds Jones truly coming into her own as a blues singer as well as a writer. Her voice has developed a spine-tingling breathy scratch that pulls on your ear as she rises to the chorus. Similarly, "Toes" and "Carnival Town" – co-written by bassist Lee Alexander and Jones – are pure '70s singer/songwriting that call to mind a mix of Rickie Lee Jones and k.d. lang. Throw in covers of Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt along with Duke Ellington's "Melancholia," retitled here "Don't Miss You at All" and featuring lyrics by Jones, and you've got an album so blessed with superb songwriting that Jones' vocals almost push the line into too much of a good thing. Thankfully, there is also a rawness and organic soulfulness in the production that's refreshing. No digital pitch correction was employed in the studio and you can sometimes catch Jones hitting an endearingly sour note. She also seems to be making good on her stated desire to remain a part of a band. Most all of her sidemen, who've worked with the likes of Tom Waits and Cassandra Wilson, get writing credits. It's a "beauty and the beast" style partnership that harks back to the best Brill Building-style intentions and makes for a quietly experimental and well-balanced album.
Review by Matt Collar,


01. Sunrise
02. What Am I To You?
03. Those Sweet Words
04. Carnival Town
05. In The Morning
06. Be Here To Love Me
07. Creepin' In
08. Toes
09. Humble Me
10. Above Ground
11. The Long Way Home
12. The Prettiest Thing
13. Don't Miss You At All

foobar2000 1.4 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2020-08-05 15:27:40

Analyzed: Norah Jones / Feels Like Home

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR10 -0.57 dB -13.96 dB 3:20 01-Sunrise
DR11 -0.12 dB -14.22 dB 3:29 02-What Am I To You?
DR12 -0.40 dB -15.31 dB 3:22 03-Those Sweet Words
DR13 -0.23 dB -17.71 dB 3:11 04-Carnival Town
DR12 -0.10 dB -15.25 dB 4:07 05-In The Morning
DR11 -0.06 dB -13.45 dB 3:29 06-Be Here To Love Me
DR11 0.00 dB -13.78 dB 3:03 07-Creepin' In
DR11 -0.51 dB -14.19 dB 3:46 08-Toes
DR12 -1.91 dB -17.20 dB 4:34 09-Humble Me
DR11 0.00 dB -13.48 dB 3:42 10-Above Ground
DR12 -2.64 dB -17.33 dB 3:13 11-The Long Way Home
DR13 0.00 dB -16.19 dB 3:51 12-The Prettiest Thing
DR14 -1.81 dB -19.99 dB 3:10 13-Don't Miss You At All

Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5202 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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