ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Feels Like Home
Norah Jones’ first album, Come Away With Me, was perfection when it
came to relaxing music. Her second album, sadly, does not live up to the standard
set by the first.
Come Away was above average, but Feels Like Home doesn’t stand out at
all. Lyrically, half the songs sound like different versions of songs from
the first album. A line like “Meet me outside above ground” reminds
the listener of “Come away with me… ”
In some of the songs on the album, Jones’ voice has a twang reminiscent
of a country-western song. Those who like country music might like this new
twist, but others will miss her silky smooth vocals.
On one of the most perky tracks, “Creepin’ In,” Dolly Parton
is a guest singer. True Norah fans will be shaking their heads disapprovingly.
This shift from jazz to country/folk seems to detract from the simple radiance
of Jones’s voice.
All in all, this album will provide easy-listening stations with some quality,
yet boring, songs to overplay for years to come. But it is Jones’ first
record that is still worth listening to.