Home  |  Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News     



Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Norah Jones
Come Away With Me

Review by Rick Jensen
Click here to e-mail reviewer

Norah Jones Come Away With Me

LP Stock Number: Blue Note JP-5004 [Classic Records]


  There is no need at this point to review Norah Jones' triumphant debut album Come Away With Me. Coming seemingly from nowhere to dominate the Grammy awards, Jones has had ample exposure across the spectrum of popular music outlets.

However, the release of this fine album on a QUIEX SV-P 200-gram LP from Classic Records might well be a revelation for those who thought they had heard Jones sing - among which people I include myself.

There is a bit of debate among some avid music lovers as to just how good Jones is. I won't do justice to some of the very sincere and considered discussions I have seen (everyone does seem to like her and most of the usual nasty dismissals are notably absent from discussion groups), but will just say that some ask if she is just a very good and precocious stylist, or is there really some depth in her interpretations? I won't pretend to be qualified to settle that debate but will admit that since getting the CD in early 2002 (and liking it very much), I have wondered about just that myself. Jones' Billie Holiday-style phrasings are very attractive and great to listen to, but the CD, with a too-clean sheen in the sound and a generally slick production quality, gave the impression that maybe there was less behind it than meets the eye.

Well, as hinted at above, the LP is almost shocking in its superiority to the CD. I listened to it just after Jones' Grammy coronation and my first thought was "she won all those awards and only a handful of people (except for those who have seen her live) have ever heard her voice". I know I had not heard it until I played the LP.

Without going into great detail, everything about the recording is more present, more intimate, and more immanent. The LP delineates the border between Jones' voice and silence with delicacy and nuance, and it is there that one can hear what she appears to be trying to convey in each song. The instruments are captured with a relaxed and natural balance; in comparison, the CD seems to place the instruments behind a plastic film. The title track, quiet and unadorned, is perhaps the most dramatic showcase for Jones' vocals - there is just more of a real person behind the song, someone who really does long for the object of the song's affection. Elsewhere, for example, in "Turn Me On", the LP shows some grit in Jones' vocal that is lacking via the CD.

Again, at this point, most music lovers are familiar with this album, and know whether or not the music has appeal for them. However, for anyone who has the CD and likes it, or for anyone who has a turntable and has not yet bought the CD, Come Away With Me on LP may provide a new and better experience of Ms. Jones.












































Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews


Enjoy the Music.TV


Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles

Show Reports
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2023
Capital Audiofest Show 2022
KL International AV Show 2022
Toronto Audiofest Show 2022
CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
HIGH END Munich 2022
AXPONA 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022 Report
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2022
Click here for previous shows.


Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Sound Practices
The Absolute Sound
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2023  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.