Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review of Noah Jones upcoming album "...Featuring"

I received an advance copy of the new Norah Jones that is on its way to be released. Most famously known for her song "Come Away With Me", Jones is releasing (on 11/16/2010) a new album called "...Featuring". Its a compilation album, from 2001 to 2010 of all the duets, cameos and collabs. These songs span the musical spectrum like none I have seen before. I had no idea she did songs with artists such as Outkast, Talib Kweli, Ray Charles and even the Foo Fighters. I had no clue!  

She is indeed the most diverse artist that I have come across!

...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.  

"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."

I loved her song Come Away With Me. But had no idea that she crossed so many genres.  This album is so soothing to the ears. Its another(!) that I wouldn't ordinarily buy on my own. I am priviledged to have been able to review this album. Thank you One2One Network! I really appreciate this, and every other opportunity you give me!

OK, so now for the songs. I am really going to do a run thru of every song on the album!  Some of the songs are her personal projects/bands.

1. Love Me - The Willies. Gives me an old feeling. Like....  I can imagine her sitting on top of a piano singing this number. Its very smooth. Very oldies sounding. And very relaxing. One way to start the album. Definetly caught my attention. In a good way.

2. Virginia Moon - Foo Fighters feat. Norah Jones.  When I first heard this, I was in my car driving, and had no idea who was singing with her. The male vocal is so soft. When I got to a stop sign and looked, it said Foo Fighters. I said OMG! I could not believe the vocal was his. However, now that I am listening to it now, I can see him singing this. Its so soft, and not what I am used to from Foo Fighters.  But I love it. I wish I would have heard this song before now. I could really use this as a lullaby for a child to go to sleep to. Its a really soothing song. I love it. One of my Favorites.

3. Turn Them -  Sean Bones feat. Norah Jones.  The first sound I hear I swear is a harmonica. If not, then I wanna know what it is. It sounds cool LOL. This song is another soothing song. Could easily fall asleep to. I love the acoustic guitar in the begining. And then get s a bit faster. Pretty good. No complaints from me :D

4. Baby its cold outside - Willie Nelson feat. Norah Jones.  Yupp, its that song! "I really cant stay (baby its cold outside). Ive got to go away (but baby its cold outside)..." Yupp. Its that one. I love it. It has an antique feel to it.  Its really good. 

5. Bull Rider - Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson. Has a country western feel. I don't know who Sasha Dobson is, but I am sure that she is a country singer. Its interesting. I think my dad would like it more. I am not too into country. So its not my fav. But is good.

6. Ruler of my Heart - Dirty Dozen Brass Band feat. Norah Jones. Another with an antique or oldie feel. Its really good tho. I have nothing to complain or nothing to dislike about it. Love how it feels. I can envision her standing in a smokey club, guys drinking their gin or whiskey, and her with an old style microphone on a small stage, band behind her. Really good song.

7. The Best Part - El Madmo.  Interesting sound. Different. But if you have read any of my previous posts, you know I like different. I love love love love love this song. Cannot say it enough. Love the sound, the feel. Everything. Amazing. Def one of my Favs. 

8. Take off your cool - Outkast feat. Norah Jones. This is an interesting combo right here. But you know what - it works! And it works really well. I love the sound these 2 make together. One of my Favs.

9. Life is Better - Q-Tip feat. Norah Jones. When I first saw his name - I instantly thought his old song Vivrant Thang and thought, Q-Tip and Norah!? But its a good combo. Has a good beat. Wonderful Vocals. I really like it. 

10. Soon the New Day - Talib Kweli feat. Norah Jones. I love it! Def one of my Favs from the track. I love the beat. Her vocals on the song are great. I am a fan of hip hop, and this song has my heart :D

11. Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John - Belle and Sebastion feat. Norah Jones.  Its an interesting song. Older feel to it. Definetly not what I would normally listen to. But its smooth, and I like that.

12. Here We Go Again - Ray Charles feat Norah Jones. I like the feel to this. Makes me happy. My husband loves Ray Charles and loves this song now too. I simply have nothing more to say about this song. It makes me happy. Maybe the beat does more, but it makes me happy. 

13. Loretta - Norah Jones feat. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.  This is a live song from 2004. Its definelty interesting. Its definetly a country song. Another my dad would like more than me. But the vocals are very pretty!

14. Dear John - Ryan Adams feat. Norah Jones.  I like the piano in this song. Its another song that gives me more of an oldies feel. Very soft, could easily help me sleep if I am having troubles. Its very relaxing. Actually, the whole CD is relaxing!

15.  Creepin in - Norah Jones feat. Dolly Parton. OMG! I love it. Even tho its Country. Its really good. I cannot wait to let me dad hear this song. He will love it. He has been to Dollyworld, and is a big fan of her music.  Its a fun song. I like it. 

16. Court & Spark - Herbie Hancock feat. Norah Jones. Another oldies - smokey room, guys drinking whiskey, and her with a microphone. I love the feeling it gives me :D

17. More than This - Charlie Hunter feat. Norah Jones.  I like the beat. I know - I am all about the music and the beat of a song. To me, thats the most of what makes a good song. I love her voice in this song. The entire song is very smooth. I love it. Def One of my Favs. 

18. Blue Bayou - Norah Jones Feat. M. Ward. Southern Feeling. Interesting song tho. Is a calming song. Not alot of instruments. Guitar I hear easily. Not sure what else is in there. Maybe another guitar? I like how simple the song sounds. 

I really love this calming album. I plan to listen to it whenever I need to calm down or relax. Or whenever I just want to feel good. Its a feel good album. No depressing songs really. Doesnt take you for an emotional rollar coaster ride like some songs do. 

I recommend this album to everyone. 

Pick up a copy and listen! You will love it!  Click here to pre-order the album 
And check out Norah Jones official site

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