“…Featuring” by Norah Jones was a complete surprise. I’m sure I’ve likely heard some of her work before, but I’ve not been a fan so I knew little of her. Yes, I know she’s sold 40 million albums and won 9 Grammys. When I got the chance to review her new CD, I did because I figured I’d either hate it, or find a new artist to love. It was definitely the later for me.
I’ll admit, the first song, “Love Me” with The Little Willies was not my favorite. In fact, I was afraid it was a precursor to the rest to come. Thankfully, I was wrong. The next song features the Foo Fighters, one of my favs, on “Virginia Moon“. I LOVED it! There are several standouts on this CD. Willie Nelson lends his iconic voice to one of my favorite songs of all times, “Baby It’s Cold Outside“. His gruff voice mixed with her smooth as silk voice is such a treat.
“A lot of the people on this record are people I’ve worshiped since I was a kid, and some of them are younger and more my contemporaries,” says Norah. “Even though the musicians are so varied, the vibe of the songs makes sense when we put them all together.” – Norah Jones
I didn’t even mind that the CD was all over the place musically. Country, Hip Hop, Rap, and Pop all live together comfortably here. And yes, although I’m not usually a country fan, the country-laden tracks were some of my favorite. Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? Another country icon. On this CD she joins Norah on “Creepin’ In“. I also really enjoyed “Life is Better” with Q-tip and the very soulful and sexy “Soon the New Day” with Talib Kweli.
There’s so much to love on this CD that I don’t mind the first track as much anymore. Heck, I may even have started to like it.
- Love Me – The Little Willies
- Virginia Moon – The Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones
- Turn Them – Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones
- Baby It’s Cold Outside – Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones
- Bull Rider – Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson
- Ruler Of My Heart – Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones
- The Best Part – El Madmo
- Take Off Your Cool – OutKast featuring Norah Jones
- Life Is Better – Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones
- Soon The New Day – Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones
- Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John – Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones
- Here We Go Again – Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones
- Loretta – Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
- Dear John – Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones
- Creepin’ In – Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton
- Court & Spark – Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones
- More Than This – Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones
- Blue Bayou – Norah Jones featuring M. Ward
Connect with Norah – visit her official website NorahJones.com for the latest information and links to videos available free online.
Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of “….Featuring” to assist me in writing my review through the One2One Network. My review is my own and honest opinion.