Friday, December 3, 2010

Norah Jones' ...Featuring" Album Has Some Classic Updated Gems Mostly Suitable for Family Listening, With a Couple Exceptions

...Featuring Norah Jones
I've been reviewing the CD, "...Featuring Norah Jones" because I'm part of the One2One Network. "...Featuring" is a star-studded collection of Norah Jones' collaborations spanning her entire career. The result serves as a kind of parallel history to her four albums, which have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
I love this album! Sweet, romantic, good stuff from through the years.

 See what I think of each song below:

Check out the song list and my thoughts:
 (if you click the amazon link below you can hear samples of all of them)
1. Love Me - The Little Willies (I love the Country twang and blues old-fashionedness of this song, along with the familiar tune of course. Norah's great voice does it justice.)
2. Virginia Moon - Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones (This is a Romantic celestial song sung as a duet, this time Norah features her breathy voice making it seem soft and perfect as a romantic lullabye to eachother.)
3. Turn Them - Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones (This ballad begins with Sean and a guitar. Norah chimes in bringing up the tempo. Together they make it very appealing and upbeat. Fun song.
4. Baby It's Cold Outside - Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones  (I've always loved this classic song, and this version is wonderful. Norah uses a cute voice reminscent of the past in this one, it's amazing how versatile she is._
5. Bull Rider - Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson
(Of course this is a country song. Norah sounds county for it with that chameleon voice of hers that suits any style she sings, just right. Fun song. Yee hah!_

6. Ruler Of My Heart - Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones
(Great slow romantic song. Norah's more breathy for this one. Big band sound backs her up. Like this one too.)

7. The Best Part - El Madmo
(This one kind of makes me think of "Black Magic Woman" sound-wise. Kinda spooky background, cool weird singing. Hauntingly appealing.)

8. Take Off Your Cool - Outkast featuring Norah Jones
(What better to say than this song is cool too? lol I love the guitar picking.

9. Life Is Better - Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones
10. Soon The New Day - Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones
(Catchy beat, more avant-garde voice to sing this one, also good. Let's dance.)

11. Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John - Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones
Guess it's tough to find an album without some rapping nowadays. I'm not against rapping. I think it's fine as long as the message is positive and family friendly: but here one of the rappers (not Norah) mentions sex and waking up in a stranger's bed, etc. Norah still has a sweet voice, but not my favorite song at all. Wouldn't want my kids hearing this one.

12. Here We Go Again - Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones
(I've always liked this country song too. She sounds just like one of the famous country singers. And Ray Charles is always super.)

13. Loretta - Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
(Nice country song.  Catchy)

14. Dear John - Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones

(This is a ballad duet falling out of love song. I saw Bryan Adams forever ago in concert,he's really good as is Norah.

 they both have nice voices Also talks about being lovers, and being able to stay til the milkman comes, adult stuff..)

15. Creepin' In - Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton
(Love this song. Very catchy country tune. Norah and Dolly together are great. Makes you want to sing along. And learn to play guitar (again.)

16. Court & Spark - Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones
(Begins as slow wistful piano solo, Norah then sings in bluesy jazz fashion, and it features modern jazz wind instrumental solos too. Cool.

17. More Than This - Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones
(Kinda makes me think of the breathy songs with maraca and light instrumental backgrounds of songs of the 70s or so. I like this one, I've heard it before. Romantic.

18. Blue Bayou - Norah Jones featuring M. Ward  Maybe it's because I've visited New Orleans so often, but I've always loved this song anyway. This seems a slower version than the one I'm used to, but it's still  one of my favorites. The two together and the music makes it seem like they're sitting on the porch overlooking the swamp or something or maybe in one of those boats with one of the long poles they use in the bayou. Fun)

Norah Jones 'Featuring' Video Vignettes!
Each day, a new Norah video vignette will premiere spotlighting each collaboration from '... FEATURING'. They'll be posting the different links here, so check back daily!

Says Norah about her album:
“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.”"

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Featuring Norah Jones Items

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