Norah Jones’s Feature Presentation
Norah Jones became very famous in 2002.
That was the year her debut, Come Away with Me, became a hit. Although the word “hit” is really something of an understatement. The album has sold in the neighborhood of 22.5 million copies. To put that in perspective, the Recording Industry Association of America’s highest certification is Diamond, topping Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum. Only one album has achieved Diamond status since 2004 – Usher’s Confessions. Jones’s debut is Double Diamond … and then some!
That level of instant fame can overwhelm an artist. If you’re looking for proof that Jones has found a way to manage the expectations of her many fans while challenging herself as an artist, check out her new CD, … Featuring in our coffeehouses.
The 18-track collection pulls together an awe-inspiring assortment of collaborative recordings the singer-songwriter has participated in, dating from a 2001 cover of the old Roxy Music romancer “More Than This” with jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter to an effort completed with the U.K.’s Belle & Sebastian earlier this year. She’s at home in the company of legends (Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock), rockers (Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams) and hip-hoppers (Outkast, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip). I’d list more genres and artists, but it’d take up too much space. What’s particularly striking is how comfortable and just plain right she sounds in such diverse soundscapes.
I’m hard-pressed to think of an artist who’s successfully made forays into such a wide variety music. Can you?