I never understood how this week’s song was a hit around the world and yet only made #80 on the UK Singles Chart. I have just learnt that it was the third single from the album so I can only assume that everyone in the UK had already bought the album by the time this single was released and so already had the song.
“Come Away with Me” is a song written, produced, and performed by Norah Jones. It was released on 2nd December 2002 as the third single from her debut studio album, Come Away with Me. The song reached #21 on the US Billboard Top 40 and peaked at #2 in Canada. The Come Away with Me album peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 200, and received Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal. It was later certified Diamond by the RIAA for shipments of over ten million copies in the United States and went on to sell over 27 million copies worldwide making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The album 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 herself which incorporates blues, jazz and folk music. Bobby Dodd of All About Jazz wrote that although the album features jazz standards, jazz purists and academics “may deny jazz credibility for her folk infusion”.
Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Come Away with Me at #54 on its list of the 100 Best Albums of the Decade.
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