Picks and Pans Review: Norah Jones

updated 02/05/2007 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/05/2007 01:00AM

Not Too Late

REVIEWED BY CHUCK ARNOLD

JAZZ-POP

There's something about Norah Jones that just feels like home. From the moment you hear the gentle strains of "Wish I Could"—the opening cut of this, Jones's third solo disc (following last year's side project with the Little Willies)—it's as if an old friend has returned to offer sweet comfort, the kind that maybe you didn't even know you needed. This oh-so-soothing feeling makes Not Too Late, rendered with unhurried ease and elegance by Jones, a welcome arrival. While the sound that made her a star with 2002's Grammy-sweeping debut Come Away with Me is now more familiar than fresh, she offers a few subtle surprises—the mellow horns on "Thinking About You," the baroque pop of "My Dear Country"—that will help keep fans jonesing for more.
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