Feels Like Home (Norah Jones album)

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Feels Like Home
Studio album by Norah Jones
Released February 10, 2004
Genre Jazz, Country
Length 46:26
Label Blue Note
Producer Norah Jones, Arif Mardin
Norah Jones chronology
Come Away with Me
(2002)
Feels Like Home
(2004)
Not Too Late
(2007)
Singles from Feels Like Home
  1. "Sunrise"
    Released: February 2004
  2. "What Am I to You?"
    Released: June 2004
  3. "Those Sweet Words"
    Released: February 2004

Feels Like Home is the second album by jazz/pop songwriter Norah Jones, released in 2004. It sold a million copies in the first week of its U.S. release, the first album to do so since Eminem's The Eminem Show (2002) and it was the second best-selling album of 2004, with about 4 million copies sold in U.S. It is also holds the record for the sixth largest first week sales for a woman, just behind Britney Spears' Oops...! I Did It Again, Taylor Swift's 1989, Red, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, and Swift's album Speak Now, respectively. It sold approximately 1,000,000 copies on its first week in the US.[1] In the Netherlands, it was the year's best-selling album and the twenty-fourth best-selling album of the 2000s. Worldwide, this album has shipped over 12 million copies.[2] Jones won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ("Sunrise"), and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album (Feels Like Home), and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Creepin' In" with Dolly Parton. To support the album her record label recorded a commercial to be in televised in the U.S. and worldwide. In the commercial she dubs the three singles from the album.

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (74/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[6]
New York Times (mixed)[7]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[3][8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Robert Christgau (dud)[10]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[11]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[12]
Yahoo! Music UK 7/10 stars[13]

The album so far has a score of 74 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[3] Yahoo! Music gave it a favorable review and said, "Recalling Come Away With Me only for Jones’s sultry voice, the album has its share of pleasant throwaways, but those are balanced by a handful of starkly beautiful and excellently arranged songs."[14] The A.V. Club also gave it a favorable review and stated that the album "should neither shock old fans nor disappoint those hoping to hear [Jones] reach for more."[15] E! Online gave it a B+ and said, "Instead of making any stupid concessions to her sudden celebrity... the Home girl plays it cool, carrying on with the same smooth vibes that made her a star."[3] Spin also gave it a B+, calling it "A better record than Come Away--less piano bar, more honkey-tonk."[3] Mojo gave it four stars out of five and said the album was "similar to the debut.... But there's a more vivid light-and-shade to the textures and a craft and depth to the compositions that represent a welcome distillation of Jones' art."[3] The Village Voice gave the album a positive review and stated, "If the choice of songs and beat and instrumentation were sometimes restrictive, still the piano and the voice endured."[16] Blender gave it three-and-a-half stars out of five and said that its mood was "more or less the same, if slight friskier."[3]

Other reviews are average, mixed or negative: Uncut gave the album three stars out of five and stated that, "Yes, it's an unchallenging and even deeply conservative record. But its class is positively aristocratic."[17] The Austin Chronicle gave it two stars out of five and said, "Material is everything to a chanteuse, and in contrast to Come Away With Me, the problem here is that Jones wrote/co-wrote almost half of the Home's 13 tracks.[18] The Guardian only gave it one star out of five and said that the album was "so inoffensive you have trouble remembering whether you put it on."[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sunrise"   Norah Jones, Lee Alexander 3:20
2. "What Am I to You?"   Norah Jones 3:29
3. "Those Sweet Words"   Lee Alexander, Richard Julian 3:22
4. "Carnival Town"   Norah Jones, Lee Alexander 3:12
5. "In the Morning"   Adam Levy 4:07
6. "Be Here to Love Me"   Townes Van Zandt 3:28
7. "Creepin' In" (featuring Dolly Parton) Lee Alexander 3:03
8. "Toes"   Norah Jones, Lee Alexander 3:46
9. "Humble Me"   Kevin Breit 4:36
10. "Above Ground"   Andrew Borger, Daru Oda 3:43
11. "The Long Way Home"   Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits 3:13
12. "The Prettiest Thing"   Norah Jones, Lee Alexander, Richard Julian 3:51
13. "Don't Miss You at All"   Norah Jones, Duke Ellington 3:06

Deluxe Edition (CD and DVD)[edit]

  1. "Sleepless Nights" (Deluxe Edition bonus track)
  2. "Moon Song" (Deluxe Edition bonus track)
  3. "I Turned Your Picture To The Wall" (Deluxe Edition bonus track)
  4. "In the Morning" (live) (DVD)
  5. "She" (live) (DVD)
  6. "Long Way Home" (live) (DVD)
  7. "Creepin' In" (live) (DVD)
  8. "Sunrise" (music video) (DVD)
  9. "What Am I to You?" (music video) (DVD)
  10. Interview with Norah (DVD)

Personnel[edit]

  • Norah Jones - vocals, piano (1,3,4,6,8,12,13), Wurlitzer electric piano (2,5,10), pump organ (9)
  • Lee Alexander - bass (1-3, 6-12), acoustic bass (5), electric bass (5), lap steel (12)
  • Brian Blade - drums (12)
  • Andrew Borger - drums (5,6,8,10), slit drum (1), box (3,11), snare drum (7)
  • Levon Helm - drums (2)
  • Kevin Breit - acoustic guitar (1,3,6,7,11,12), resonator guitar (5,8-10), electric guitar (10), banjolin (1), foot tapping (10), backup vocal (6)
  • Rob Burger - pump organ (3,7)
  • David Gold - viola (4)
  • Garth Hudson - Hammond organ (2), accordion (6)
  • Adam R. Levy - electric guitar (6,8,10,11), acoustic guitar (5), backup vocal (1,6,7)
  • Daru Oda - backup vocals (1,2,5-8,10-12), flutes (11)
  • Dolly Parton - vocal (7)
  • Jane Scarpantoni- cello (4)
  • Tony Scherr- electric guitar (2)
  • Arif Mardin - string arrangement (4)
  • Jesse Harris - acoustic guitar (3,4)

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Norah Jones, Arif Mardin
  • Engineer: Jay Newland
  • Assistant engineers: Matthew Cullen, Dick Kondas, Steve Mazur, Aya Takemura
  • Mixing: Jay Newland
  • Mastering: Gene Paul
  • A&R: Eliott Wolf
  • Assistant: Jamie Polaski
  • String arrangements: Arif Mardin
  • Product manager: Zach Hochkeppel
  • Creative director: Gordon Jee
  • Design production assistant: Burton Yount

Charts[edit]

"Feels Like Home" debuted with first week sales of 1.047 million in US. It sold 395,000 copies in its second week, and eventually spent 6 weeks atop the Billboard 200, spending 71 weeks on the chart in all.

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[20] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[20] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[20] 1
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[20] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[21] 1
Danish Albums Chart[20] 1
Dutch Albums Chart[20] 1
European Top 100 Albums[22] 1
Finnish Albums Chart[20] 2
French Albums Chart[20] 1
German Albums Chart[21] 1
Greek Albums Chart[23] 3
Irish Albums Chart [21] 1
Italian Albums Chart[20] 1
Japanese Albums Chart[24] 5
New Zealand Albums Chart[20] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[20] 1
Polish Albums Chart[21] 1
Portuguese Albums Chart[20] 1
Spanish Albums Chart[25] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[20] 1
Swiss Albums Chart[20] 1
UK Albums Chart[21] 1
US Billboard 200[21] 1

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End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2009) Position
US Billboard 200[26] 58

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[27] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[28] 3× Platinum 90,000x
Belgium (BEA)[29] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[30] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[31] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[32] Gold 20,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[33] Gold 16,000[34][33]
France (SNEP)[35] 2× Platinum 802,000[36]*
Germany (BVMI)[37] 3× Platinum 600,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[38] Platinum 250,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[39] Gold 50,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[40] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Sweden (GLF)[42] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[43] 3× Platinum 120,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] 3× Platinum 993,632 (in 2004)[45]^
United States (RIAA)[46] 4× Platinum 4,632,000[47]^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[48] 4× Platinum 4,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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References[edit]

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  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  7. ^ New York Times review
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  10. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  11. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 13, 2007)
  12. ^ USA Today review
  13. ^ Yahoo! Music UK review
  14. ^ Yahoo! Music review
  15. ^ The A.V. Club review
  16. ^ The Village Voice review
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  32. ^ "Danish album certifications – Norah Jones – Feels Like Home". IFPI Denmark. 
  33. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
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  40. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Norah Jones – Feels Like Home" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  41. ^ THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION.
  42. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for SWEDISH CERTIFICATION.
  43. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Norah Jones; 'Feels Like Home')". Hung Medien. 
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External links[edit]

Preceded by
When the Sun Goes Down
by Kenny Chesney
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 22, 2004 - April 3, 2004
Succeeded by
Confessions by Usher