Come Away with Me

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Come Away with Me
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me.jpg
Studio album by Norah Jones
Released February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26)
Recorded 2001
Studio Sorcerer Sound, New York City, Allaire Studios, Shokan, New York
Length 45:03
Label Blue Note
Norah Jones chronology
First Sessions
Come Away with Me
Feels Like Home
Singles from Come Away with Me
  1. "Don't Know Why"
    Released: July 2002
  2. "Feelin' the Same Way"
    Released: August 2, 2002
  3. "Come Away with Me"
    Released: December 30, 2002
  4. "Turn Me On"
    Released: 2003

Come Away with Me is the first full-length album by vocalist Norah Jones, released by Blue Note Records on February 26, 2002. The album received Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album[1] and was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 15, 2005, having shipped over 10 million copies in the U.S.[2][3] As of October 2016, the album has sold more than 27 million copies worldwide.[4] Come Away with Me reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart and several jazz charts.

Recording sessions took place at Sorcerer Sound Studio in New York City and Allaire Studios in Shokan, New York.[5]


Come Away with Me is an acoustic pop album that features Jones supported by jazz musicians: Kevin Breit, Bill Frisell, Adam Levy, Adam Rogers, and Tony Scherr on guitar; Sam Yahel on organ; Jenny Scheinman on violin; Rob Burger on accordion; and Brian Blade, Dan Rieser, and Kenny Wollesen on drums. Jones wrote the title song. Guitarist Jesse Harris wrote the hit "Don't Know Why". The album includes cover versions of "The Nearness of You" by Hoagy Carmichael and "Cold, Cold Heart" by Hank Williams.[5]

Come Away with Me incorporates blues, jazz,[6] and folk music. Bobby Dodd of All About Jazz writes that although the album features jazz standards, jazz purists and academics "may deny [Jones] jazz credibility for her folk infusion".[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the US, Come Away with Me debuted at No. 139 on the Billboard 200 before climbing to No. 1 in January 2003, almost a year after it was released.[8] In total, the album has appeared on the Billboard 200 for 164 weeks.[9] Despite being released at a time when music piracy was high and album sales were declining,[10] the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on August 22, 2002,[2] sold over ten million copies through early 2005, and on February 15, 2005 was certified Diamond by the RIAA.[2] As of March 2016, the album had sold 11.1 million copies in the US, making it the eleventh best-selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era.[11] As of October 2016 the album had sold more than 27 million copies worldwide.[4]

In Germany, the album debuted at No. 37. It remained on the German Albums Chart for 141 weeks and reached No. 2 in its 37th week on that chart, where it stayed for four weeks. Come Away with Me sold 750,000 copies, reaching 5× gold, becoming her most successful album in Germany and one of the longest charting albums on the German Albums Chart.[12][13]

Polyphonic HMI's "Hit Song Science" software predicted the album's success months before its release, contradicting skeptical executives.[14]

Awards and honors[edit]

The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The song "Don't Know Why" won Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.[1]

Although she was happy about her success, Jones felt bad about sweeping the Grammy Awards. In an interview for 60 Minutes, Jones told Katie Couric, "I felt like I went to somebody else's birthday party and I ate all their cake. Without anybody else getting a piece.[citation needed]

Rolling Stone ranked Come Away with Me at number 54 on its list of the 100 Best Albums of the Decade.[15]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[17]
Chicago Sun-Times3.5/4 stars[18]
Down Beat3.5/5 stars[19]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[20]
The Guardian3/5 stars[21]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[22]
The Philadelphia Inquirer3.5/4 stars[23]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[24]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[25]

Come Away with Me received acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 82 out of 100, which indicates "universal acclaim" based on 9 reviews.[16]

The album received 3.5 out of 4 stars from both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Los Angeles Times reviews.[18][22] AllMusic's David R. Adler wrote that "while the mood of this record stagnates after a few songs, it does give a strong indication of Jones' alluring talents."[17] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice cited it as "the most unjazz album [Blue Note] has ever released" and criticized that "Jones's voice dominates the record" because "her main writers are pretty anonymous", although he found it to be a "sincere" and "exemplary biz success story in which the good guys win."[27] In his Consumer Guide, Christgau picked out her cover version of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart" as a "choice cut",((choice cut)),[28] calling it "a good song on an album that isn't worth your time or money".[29]

The A.V. Club gave it a favorable review and called the album "A showcase for Jones' remarkable voice, the disc captures a singer whose rare instinct for interpretation always serves the song, rather than working against it."[30] E! Online gave it an A and stated: "Gorgeous and intimate, the 14 songs on her debut disc ache with romantic maturity and a smart, slow-jam sexiness that belies the fact that, at 22, Jones is hardly older than Britney Spears."[16] Kludge included it on their list of best albums of 2002.[31]

Track listing[edit]

1."Don't Know Why"Jesse Harris3:06
2."Seven Years"Lee Alexander2:25
3."Cold Cold Heart"Hank Williams3:38
4."Feelin' the Same Way"Alexander2:55
5."Come Away with Me"Norah Jones3:18
6."Shoot the Moon"Harris3:57
7."Turn Me On"John D. Loudermilk2:33
9."I've Got to See You Again"Harris4:13
10."Painter Song"
11."One Flight Down"Harris3:03
13."The Long Day Is Over"
  • Jones
  • Harris
14."The Nearness of You"3:09
Total length:44:58

Bonus tracks[edit]


Technical personnel



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[50] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Australia (ARIA)[51] 11× Platinum 770,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[52] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Belgium (BEA)[53] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[54] Platinum 125,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[55] Diamond 1,000,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[56] 3× Platinum 150,000^
France (SNEP)[57] Diamond 1,776,000[58]*
Germany (BVMI)[59] 5× Gold 750,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[60] Gold 10,000[61]^
Italy (FIMI)[62] Gold 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[63] 2× Platinum 500,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[64] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[65] 3× Platinum 240,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[66] 11× Platinum 165,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[67] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Russia (NFPF)[68] Gold 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[69] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[70] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[71] 3× Platinum 120,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[72] 8× Platinum 2,556,651[73]
United States (RIAA)[74] Diamond 11,100,000[11]
Europe (IFPI)[75] 7× Platinum 7,000,000*

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


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
2003 Come Away with Me Album of the Year
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Pop Vocal Album
"Don't Know Why" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Norah Jones Best New Artist

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