Monday, November 08, 2010

Musical Monday: Review of ...Featuring by Norah Jones

The lovely and talented Norah Jones has a new collection of songs being released on November 16th. I was lucky to get an advanced copy of ...Featuring, which is an album of duets and collaborations that Norah has done over the past ten years.

What amazed me the most about this album was the diversity of music. To hear Norah singing with legends like Willie Nelson or Dolly Parton one minute and singing with the Foo Fighters or Outkast the next the next is absolutely fascinating to me. But her smokey vocals and incredible keys skills seem to work regardless of the artist she performs with. I absolutely loved listening to her run the gamut of musical styles through the album. Granted, it's a compilation record, so it definitely doesn't have the "flow" that one might expect from a Norah Jones album, but it definitely has her distinctive fingerprints all over it.

Some of my favorite songs on the album include Baby It's Cold Out There (with Willie Nelson), The Best Part (with El Madmo), Here We Go Again (with Ray Charles) and Court & Spark (with Herbie Hancock).

The track listing for …Featuring is as follows:
1. Love Me – The Little Willies 
2. Virginia Moon – The Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones
3. Turn Them – Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones
4. Baby It's Cold Outside – Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones
5. Bull Rider – Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson 
6. Ruler Of My Heart – Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones
7. The Best Part – El Madmo  
8. Take Off Your Cool – OutKast featuring Norah Jones
9. Life Is Better – Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones  
10. Soon The New Day – Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones
11. Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John – Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones
12. Here We Go Again – Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones
13. Loretta – Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings 
14. Dear John – Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones
15. Creepin' In – Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton 
16. Court & Spark – Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones
17. More Than This – Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones
18. Blue Bayou – Norah Jones featuring M. Ward 

With the holidays fast approaching, I highly recommend pre-ordering this recording for the music lover in your life. It's full of incredible songs, amazing artists and Norah Jones's unique twist. Definitely one for the music collection!

Click here to pre-order ...Featuring by Norah Jones (affiliate link)
Check out her YouTube channel where you can see her talk about a number of these songs.
And be sure to Like Norah on Facebook so you can stay up to date with info about tour dates, new recordings and various interviews.

Disclosure: This post was written for One2One Network. No compensation was given for this review. I did receive a sample product for the purpose of this honest review and am in a drawing for a gift card. This did not affect the outcome of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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