Come Away with Me

Come Away with Me
Studio album by Norah Jones
Released February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26)
Recorded 2001
Studio Sorcerer Sound, New York
Allaire Studios, Shokan
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 debut album of pianist and singer Norah Jones, released by Blue Note Records on February 26, 2002.[1] Recording sessions for the album took place at New York City's Sorcerer Sound Studio and Shokan's Allaire Studios in 2001.[2]

The album's critical and commercial success was a breakthrough for Jones in 2002, as it reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart and several jazz charts. The album also topped many critics' "albums of the year" lists and gathered major music awards in the process,[3] including eight Grammy Awards.[4] Following initial sales, Come Away with Me was certified diamond by the RIAA on February 15, 2005 after having shipped over 10 million copies in its first three years of release.[5] It has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide as of April 2012.[6]


"Don't Know Why"
A sample of "Don't Know Why"

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Come Away with Me is a mellow, acoustic pop album with soul and country overtones.[1] It also incorporates blues, jazz,[7] and folk styles. 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".[8] Jones' guitarist Jesse Harris and bassist Lee Alexander wrote most of the album's songs, which feature simple melodies and progressions.[1]

Commercial performance

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 its release.[9] In total the album has appeared on the Billboard 200 164 weeks.[10] It was certified platinum from the Recording Industry Association of America on August 22, 2002.[5] It went on to sell over ten million copies over the next year, and on February 15, 2005, was certified as a diamond record by the RIAA.[5] As of March 2016, the album has sold 11.1 million copies, making it the eleventh best-selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era in the US.[11] The album sold approximately 26 million copies worldwide.[6]

In Germany, though the album debuted at just No. 37, it nevertheless stayed for a total of 141 weeks on the official German Albums Chart and it managed to reach No. 2 in its 37th week on that chart, where it stayed for 4 weeks. In the end, Come Away with Me sold 750,000 copies, reaching 5× gold, being her most successful album in that country and one of the longest-staying 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]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Chicago Sun-Times[16]
Down Beat[17]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[18]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[19]
The Guardian[20]
Los Angeles Times[21]
Rolling Stone[22]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[23]

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.[15]

The album received 3.5 out of 4 stars from both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Los Angeles Times reviews.[21][16] 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."[1] 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."[25] In his Consumer Guide, Christgau picked out her cover version of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart" as a "choice cut",(),[26] calling it "a good song on an album that isn't worth your time or money".[27]

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."[28] 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."[15] Kludge included it on their list of best albums of 2002.[29]


The album won eight awards (Jones won five of the awards) at the Grammy Awards of 2003, including Album of the Year, as well as Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Don't Know Why".[30] 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. That's how I felt.[4]
Norah Jones

Rolling Stone ranked Come Away with Me at number 54 on its list of the 100 Best Albums of the Decade.[31]

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Don't Know Why"  Jesse Harris 3:06
2. "Seven Years"  Lee Alexander 2:25
3. "Cold Cold Heart"  Hank Williams 3:38
4. "Feelin' the Same Way"  Alexander 2:55
5. "Come Away with Me"  Norah Jones 3:18
6. "Shoot the Moon"  Harris 3:57
7. "Turn Me On"  John D. Loudermilk 2:33
8. "Lonestar"  Alexander 3:05
9. "I've Got to See You Again"  Harris 4:13
10. "Painter Song"  
11. "One Flight Down"  Harris 3:03
12. "Nightingale"  Jones 4:11
13. "The Long Day Is Over"  
  • Jones
  • Harris
14. "The Nearness of You"   3:09
Total length:

Bonus tracks



Technical personnel
  • Producers: Norah Jones, Arif Mardin, Jay Newland, Craig Street
  • Engineers: Jay Newland, S. Husky Höskulds
  • Assistant engineers: Mark Birkey, Dick Kondas, Brandon Mason, Todd Parker
  • Mixing: Arif Mardin, Jay Newland
  • Mixing assistant: Todd Parker
  • Remixing: Jay Newland
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen, Mark Wilder
  • A&R: Brian Bacchus, Chris Cofoni, Bruce Lundvall, Eliott Wolf
  • Assistant: David Swope
  • Production coordination: Eden White, Shell White
  • Product manager: Zach Hochkeppel
  • Creative director: Gordon Jee
  • Art direction: Jessica Novod
  • Design: Jessica Novod
  • Photography: Joanne Savio


Weekly charts

Chart (2002–03) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[34] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[34] 2
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[34] 1
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[34] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[35] 1
Danish Albums Chart[34] 1
Dutch Albums Chart[34] 1
European Top 100 Albums[36] 1
Finnish Albums Chart[34] 5
French Albums Chart[34] 1
German Albums Chart[35] 2
Irish Albums Chart[35] 1
Italian Albums Chart[34] 7
Japanese Albums Chart[37] 10
New Zealand Albums Chart[34] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[34] 4
Polish Albums Chart[35] 3
Portuguese Albums Chart[34] 3
Spanish Albums Chart[38] 6
Swedish Albums Chart[34] 1
Swiss Albums Chart[34] 2
UK Albums Chart[35] 1
US Billboard 200[35] 1
Chart (2013) Peak
scope="row" Korean Albums (Gaon)[39] 30
Chart (2014) Peak
scope="row" Polish Albums (ZPAV)[40] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2002) Position
UK Albums Chart[41] 11
Chart (2003) Position
UK Albums Chart[42] 5
Chart (2004) Position
UK Albums Chart[43] 52

Decade-end charts

Chart (2000–2009) Position
Australian Albums Chart[44] 4
UK Albums Chart 14
US Billboard 200[45] 4


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[46] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Australia (ARIA)[47] 11× Platinum 770,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[48] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Belgium (BEA)[49] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[50] Platinum 125,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[51] Diamond 1,000,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[52] 3× Platinum 150,000^
France (SNEP)[53] Diamond 1,776,000[54]*
Germany (BVMI)[55] 5× Gold 750,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[56] Gold 10,000[57]^
Italy (FIMI)[58] Gold 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[59] 2× Platinum 500,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[60] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[61] 3× Platinum 240,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[62] 11× Platinum 165,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[63] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[64] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[65] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[66] 3× Platinum 120,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] 8× Platinum 2,556,651[68]
United States (RIAA)[69] Diamond 11,100,000[11]
Europe (IFPI)[70] 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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