Don't Know Why / Lonestar / Peace
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Debut single from the native New Yorker's Blue Note debut that has none gone 2 x Platinum in the US alone! Nominated for Best New Song at the 2003 Grammy Awards ceremony. The album version is b/w two non-LP tracks, 'Lonestar' & 'Peace', both of which orig
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The album has since topped the charts in both the US and UK and just been certified for US sales of 9 million copies. Worldwide sales stand at 18 million and despite this success, Norah has many critics. Some can't believe her international fame and believe her as nothing more than a jazz/country wannabe with hardly anything to show for it. How wrong they are! Norah's voice is amazingly powerful and extremely soulful. She's chilled out and cool and people can listen to her music easily which is why she appeals to a phenomenally vast market. She also happens to be stunning in appearance, and that always helps! Come Away With Me is now a classic in modern music, a landmark of the times and is still going strong selling hundreds of thousands of copies around the world, with no signs of slowing down!
The first single that was taken from Come Away With was the fantastic "Don't Know Why." As far as first singles go, this one is truly a masterpiece in modern day chill-out! A relaxing beat and a melodically marvellous piano introduces the song and makes way for Norah's distinctive vocals. She breaks the song up with her seductive and throaty voice when she sings, "I waited 'til I saw the sun. I don't know why I didn't come. I left you by the house of fun. I don't know why I didn't come. I don't know why I didn't come. When I saw the break of day. I wish that I could fly away. Instead of kneeling in the sand. Catching tear drops in my hand." Those lyrics right there are just amazing. They may not be ground-breaking, but they are utterly visual and serene in their simplicity and the music just adds to this. Norah then sings the bridge, "My heart is drenched in wine. But you'll be on my mind forever," before moving into the second verse, "Out across the endless sea. I would die in ecstasy. But I'll be a bag of bones. Driving down the road alone."
The song then has a brilliant instrumental section that makes for one of the most beautiful moments not only on this song, but on the entire album of which this song is taken. Norah then moves into the bridge again before singing the closing parts of the song. She sings, "Something has to make you run. I don't know why I didn't come. I feel as empty as a drum. I don't know why I didn't come. I don't know why I didn't come. I don't know why I didn't come." The song then closes as the old instruments fade out and Norah leaves you begging for more.
The first time I saw the video to Don't Know Why was a very special moment. It was simple and relaxing. It matched the song's mood. It made me feel welcome and it made me feel like home, which is just what Norah highlights on her second album, 2004's "Feels Like Home." The album was the most anticipated of the year and did not disappoint when it sold more than 1 million copies in its first week of release in America alone. It's not as good as Come Away With Me, but it's still solid and should see Norah's career stretch for quite some time. If you're looking for a song to really relax you with its classically heartfelt and melodically awesome arrangement then look no further than this song by Norah Jones. She sings from the heart, I tell ya! You'll feel moved when you hear her voice, and that's what is important from someone such as Miss Jones.
Some may debate if these tracks are pop or jazz. Either way, she has a unique and real sound. Her piano performances are as soulful as her quiet voice. Those who like this ensemble will love her CD "Come Away With Me". "Peace" isn't included. Her talents prove that she deserved her five Grammy wins, including Record of the Year for "Don't Know Why".