Thinking About You (Norah Jones song)

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"Thinking About You"
Single by Norah Jones
from the album Not Too Late
B-side "2 Men", "Wish I Could"
Released December 5, 2006 (U.S.)
January 16, 2007 (Europe)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2006 at The Coop
(New York, New York)
Genre Blues, jazz, soul
Length 3:19
Label Blue Note
Writer(s) Norah Jones, Ilhan Ersahin
Producer(s) Lee Alexander
Norah Jones singles chronology
"Sunrise"
(2004)
"Thinking About You"
(2006/2007)
"Not Too Late"
(2007)

"Thinking About You" is the first single from Norah Jones' third solo album, Not Too Late (2007). This is the first single to enter the Billboard 100 in 4 years, since "Don't Know Why".

Background and composition[edit]

Jones wrote "Thinking About You" in 1999 with Ilhan Ersahin, her then-bandmate in Wax Poetic. She said the song had "always been in the back of my mind", but she thought it was too much of a pop song for her and preferred if someone else were to record it.[1] She recorded a version of it for her second album, Feels like Home (2004), but according to her it sounded "too country-rock". According to the producer, she "found a way to make it work" during the recording of Not Too Late.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic picked the song among the best tracks on the album, calling it a "wonderful laid-back soul".[3] Sia Michel from Entertainment Weekly called it a "safety-net single", with its sexy, cocktail-party swing, the tune could be her first real radio hit since 'Don't Know Why'."[4] Neil Spencer from The Observer commented that the song "looks like a conscious attempt not to scare the punters."[5] Tom Woods called it "a lovely pop song, with nostalgic lyrics."[6] Tyler Fisher from Sputnikmusic commented that the song is "a western jazz hybrid in the truest sense, with very country-styled melodies from the organ and Wurlitzer, but the jazzy horn section provides great countermelodies."[7]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[edit]

Europe

  1. "Thinking About You"
  2. "2 Men"
  3. "Wish I Could"

Commercial release and chart performance[edit]

Released in the United States on December 5, 2006 (see 2006 in music), "Thinking About You" was one of the first songs by a major artist to be available for paid digital download in mp3 format.[8] The single entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-two in early February 2007,[9] becoming Jones's first chart entry since "Don't Know Why" (2002). It was also her first single to appear on the Pop 100 chart.[10] It peaked at number seventy in Germany.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Ace Norton, was filmed on a soundstage at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York with a cast of only eight people, including Jones. According to videostatic.com, it contains elements from some of Norton's previous videos — for Peter Walker's "What Do I Know" (the "within the within" effect), Death Cab for Cutie's "Someday You Will Be Loved" (the animated heart) and Death Cab for Cutie's "Crooked Teeth" (the Claymation). The video premiered on December 19, 2006.[11][12]

Cover versions[edit]

Irma Thomas recorded the song for her 2008 album Simply Grand. Jones performed as a guest pianist on the recording.[13]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 49
Belgian Flanders Ultratip Chart[15] 9
Belgian Wallonia Ultratip Chart[15] 8
Dutch Singles Chart[16] 11
European Singles Chart[17] 40
German Singles Chart[18] 65
Italian Singles Chart[19] 5
Portuguese Singles Chart[20] 5
Spanish Singles Chart[21] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[18] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 82
US Billboard Jazz Songs[10] 7

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Thinking About You by Norah Jones Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Norah Jones - Not Too Late / Thinking Of You". ilikemusic.com. Retrieved January 26, 2007.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (January 30, 2007). "Not Too Late - Norah Jones | Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Michel, Sia (January 27, 2007). "Not Too Late (2007) Review | Music Reviews and News | EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Spencer, Neil (January 21, 2007). "CD: Norah Jones, Not Too Late | Music | The Observer". The Observer. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Woods, Tom (January 29, 2007). "Norah Jones - Not Too Late | album reviews | musicOMH". MusicOMH. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Fisher, Tyler (February 1, 2007). "Norah Jones - Not Too Late (staff review) | Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ Smith, Ethan and Wingfield, Nick. "In a Turnabout, Record Industry Releases MP3s". The Wall Street Journal. December 6, 2006, pg. B1. Retrieved February 5, 2007.
  9. ^ Hasty, Kate. "Beyonce Makes It Ten Weeks At No. 1 With 'Irreplaceable'". Billboard. February 8, 2007. Retrieved February 8, 2007.
  10. ^ a b c Allmusic
  11. ^ Napolitano, Meredith. "Video vision". Daily Record. January 26, 2006. Retrieved February 10, 2007.
  12. ^ "NEW RELEASE: Norah Jones "Thinking About You"". videostatic.com. December 19, 2006. Retrieved February 10, 2007.
  13. ^ Ann Maloney "Irma Thomas' new CD finds her in good company" NOLA.com (29 Aug. 2008).
  14. ^ Austrian Singles Chart
  15. ^ a b http://lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Norah+Jones&titel=Thinking+About+You&cat=s
  16. ^ Dutch Top 100
  17. ^ Euro Top 200
  18. ^ a b Norah Jones' charts
  19. ^ Italian Top 50
  20. ^ Portuguese Top 50
  21. ^ Spanish Top 20

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