I first heard Norah Jones' gorgeous voice on a weekend away at a riverfront house in South Yunderup, where the seductive blissful tones of Come Away with Me forever stamped themselves on that sunny, lazy idyll.
Since then, I've had a huge admiration for the impossibly beautiful, talented daughter of the impossibly talented, and late, Ravi Shankar. But Ms Jones and I drifted apart, which is why I was intrigued to see her in her new incarnation after working with uber-producer Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley fame.
On the relatively intimate stage of the Riverside Theatre, Jones and her five-piece band appeared promptly before a full house, after support American Cory Chisel left to rousing applause.
Understated in a green, knee-length dress, Jones said she would do a few old numbers, followed by the new stuff. And that's what she did.
The biggest surprise for me was how rocky she was, and how well she and the band gelled together. The 33-year-old seemed like one of the boys as they riffed off each other, Jones swapping from rinky-tink upright piano to various guitars. Standouts were What Am I to You, from 2004's Feels Like Home, and Chasing Pirates, from 2009's The Fall.
I had been wondering whether people would go for the rock-chick Jones, but the reception was rapturous. They were converted.
But then, when she performed solo at the upright piano with Don't Know Why, the audience heaved a collective sigh.
The band came back on and wound it up again. Gawky daddy-long-legs guitarist Jason Roberts was impressive, the bassist swapped from double bass to electric bass, the drummer rocked, and the keyboard player brought the best out of the Hammond organ and keyboards.For an encore, the band went acoustic, standing united at the front of the stage. The last song? A gorgeous, warm, intimate version of Come Away with Me. Ninety-nine per cent of the entranced audience would have answered "Yes".
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