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Norah Jones Live – Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis 10/7/12

October 7, 2012

The first time I saw Norah Jones was the summer of 2002 when she was riding the tsunami of her mega hit album Come Away With Me.  She performed like a shell-shocked child – she appeared overwhelmed by her fame – she had success she never set out to achieve.

Fast forward 10 years and Norah has grown into her career – she has found her place in pop music – playing what she wants, a who’s who of guest appearances, and a nice little devoted audience that allows her to fill 2K to 3K seat theaters worldwide.

This is the 3rd or 4th time I have seen her and this was by far the best band and the most diverse and solid performance I have seen.   It helps she is touring on her strongest album since her debut (Little Broken Hearts produced by Danger Mouse).  She pretty much played the album in its entirety.  That album allows here to play very hip contemporary pop without selling out or becoming someone she is not.  The Norah/Danger Mouse collaboration is genuinely inspired.

Norah likes diversity – tonight she played alternative rock, jazz, country, and pop.  She is not you standard chanteuse.  She played her repertoire and spiced with covers by Tom Waits, Hank Williams, The Grateful Dead , and Gram Parsons.  Rather than pander to the crowd she twisted her Come Away With Me selections into clever new arrangements..

The delight of the concert for me was the encore where the band gathered around a single mike for a short hootenanny.  It showed Norah as her most relaxed and most confident.  Her voice sound better to me not so tightly miked.

Overall a very pleasant show – it is great to see an artist not become overwhelmed by winning the pop music lottery,  but instead leverage it into a dream career.

See StarTribune review.   See City Pages review.

Setlist

Good Morning
Say Goodbye
Take It Back
It’s Gonna Be
Chasing Pirates
Little Broken Hearts
Long Way Home (Tom Waits cover)
Black
It Must Have Been the Roses (Grateful Dead cover)
All a Dream
Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams cover)
Out on the Road
Painter Song
Don’t Know Why
Sinkin’ Soon
Miriam
Happy Pills
Hickory Wind (Gram Parsons cover)

Encore
Sunrise
Creepin’ In
Come Away With Me

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