“Feels Like Home” (Blue Note)
The follow-up to her smash debut is at once more soulful (“What Am I to You?”), more bluesy (“In the Morning”), more rootsy (“Be Here to Love Me”), more country (“Creepin’ In”), more jazzy (“Don’t Miss You at All”), and more old-fashioned (“Carnival Town”), but it’s still all of a piece, and a much more interestingly diverse one this time around. Jones sounds like she’s woken up out of the stupor that cast a foggy haze over “Come Away with Me,” and her singing is at once more sophisticated and personal. The instrumental arrangements, including her stylized piano playing, retain their lazy, easygoing feel but have a little more snap to them this time around. A treasure of Americana. [ 2/29/04 ]
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