There are certain musical artists that I find classically beautiful. No matter if they are singing an original track written just for them or a cover of another song, they just can't go wrong. Just hearing the name Norah Jones makes me think of her past albums that I have known and loved and how her musical versatility allows her to shine in everything from jazz to country to hip-hop to rock.
So, when I heard that her newest album, ...Featuring, was going to be filled with a collection of this multi-platinum selling, multi-Grammy Award winning singer's musical collaborations from the past decade, I couldn't wait to hear it.
As Norah Jones has collaborated with dozens of artists from across the musical spectrum in her career, ...Featuring brings her favorites from 2001 - 2010 together into one place. The 18 songs on the album include cameos and duets with business legends such as Ray Charles and Willie Nelson, rock artists such as Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams and hip hop kings like OutKast and Q-Tip.
For me, I felt as though it didn't particularly matter which genre Norah was singing, as the soothing sound of her voice is just as charming and captivating in each of the songs. Even though she may have been partnered with Dolly Parton in one song and Sean Bones in another, the entire collection showcased in ...Featuring easily works just based on her great sound.
Titles included are:
1. Love Me - The Little Willies
2. Virginia Moon - 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
For any Norah Jones fan, this album won't disappoint. The mood seamlessly moves from upbeat to cool-toned to spirited, so no matter what genre is a favorite, ...Featuring would be a great addition to any Christmas stocking this holiday season. In stores now, pick this new album up on Amazon and then head to Norah Jones' website, Facebook page and YouTube Channel for the latest news, tour dates and more from this amazing artist.
(Other than the copy of ...Featuring that I was sent in conjunction with my membership to the One2One Network, I was not provided with anything or enticed to do this review in any way although I will be entered in a random drawing for a gift card for participating. This review is solely my opinion of this wonderful album.)