It is impossible not to feel relaxed while listening to Norah Jones sing. Her sultry, smooth-as-honey voice lulls listeners into a mellow, content state of happiness. Saturday night was no exception. On a stage nestled amongst the trees at Marymoor Park, Jones' smoky purr put a crowd of moms and middle-aged men into a trance as they sipped their wine.
Even though she's touring in support of her new album, Jones opened with one of her classics, "Come Away with Me." She then moved to the keyboard and launched into songs from Little Broken Hearts, an album of pop tracks produced in collaboration with Danger Mouse. Written about a bad break up, Little Broken Hearts is darker than Jones' previous albums. Jones acknowledged this, jokingly saying, "Now that it's dark we'll play our creepy song," before launching into "Miriam," a particularly sinister song.
The messages in her new songs may be biting, but Jones seemed as sweet as ever. Wearing a short-sleeved red dress with her hair pulled back in a ponytail, she beamed at the crowd and gave a gracious thank you between songs. Jones and her band seemed happy and relaxed, and their mellow mood matched the peaceful atmosphere of the park perfectly. After a few new songs Jones played a couple more classics, among them "Chasing Pirates." She continued switching between old and new songs throughout the set and threw in a couple covers as well, including "It Must Have Been the Roses," a last-minute addition to the set list. At one point the band went offstage, leaving Jones alone as she played "Don't Know Why." Accompanied only by piano, her voice was utterly captivating.
After closing the main set with "Lonestar," the band quickly returned to the stage for an encore. Gathered together at the front of the stage with an accordion and stand-up bass, they played "Sunshine" and "Creepin' In" as the delighted crowd sang along. After the show, people laughed and smiled as they packed up their picnic baskets, still glowing from the soothing effects of Jones' voice.