…Featuring by Norah Jones will be released in stores today, and as a long-time Norah Jones fan, I have been eager to listen to Norah Jones’ latest release. …Featuring by Norah Jones is a compilation of cameos, duets and collaborations from all musical genres from jazz to country to hip hop.
When I first played …Featuring I was excited, because “Love Me” with Norah Jones and the Little Willies is fabulous. It’s soothing soul-filled rhythms, as well as its smooth and bluesy character takes me back to the fifties, although I was not even born. “Love Me” with Norah Jones and the Little Willies it is true to Norah Jones’ style and the jazzy Norah Jones sound that can make a time traveler out if any fan.
“Ruler of my Heart” by Norah Hones and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, as well makes my ears hungry for more Norah Jones, while her “Life Is Better” with Q-Tip and “Baby Its Cold Outside” with Willie Nelson would be great on their own, but as part of a whole these songs distract and make the album feel disconnected.
I am split when it comes to …Featuring by Norah Jones, because there are songs that I love, and then there are songs that I still like, but they take me out of the Norah Jones mood, because the genres are too far from her smooth jazzy style.
Norah Jones has a fantastic reach, and Featuring by Norah Jones shows off exactly what a versatile artist she can be. As a Norah Jones fan, I prefer that she stays with her smooth bluesy and jazzy style that makes me ponder and relax; however, I would gladly take an an entire album filled with Norah Jones songs featuring the Little Willies.
Unfortunately the rest of the album did not live up to my expectations. It is still Norah Jones, and I am still a fan, but I felt as if I was being pulled out of my usual soul filled spot at certain times, when the music genres changed and left me confused and feeling that the album was incohesive.
I can still recommend …Featuring by Norah Jones, because while the album has its flaws, it also shows off Norah Jones’ versatility and strengths as an artist that cannot be tied down or copied.
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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
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of …Featuring by Norah Jones for the purpose of this review from One2One Network. I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed in above have not been influenced in any way by other than my own experience with …Featuring by Norah Jones.