Norah Jones' Featuring Music Review



"Featuring," the new album by Norah Jones that released on November 16, 2010, highlights the artist's versatility.   The collection of songs include classics as well as Norah Jones originals recorded with various artists throughout her career.

Although I don't consider myself a Norah Jones fan, I do respect her work, and have listened to her on occasion. I enjoy the sultry smooth sounds of her voice, but consider her to be more in the "wine sipping, jazz club" genre. I was very impressed by the diversity of this album, and was pleasantly surprised to hear that Norah is much more than just another pretty voice singing "music to relax to." 

This album includes everything from country to jazz, to pop to yes, even hip hop. It is a virtual representation of who's who in music. Some of the great songs on "Featuring" include the classic, and perfect for the holidays: "Baby it's Cold Outside" with, one of my favorite artists, Willie Nelson I really can't stay, Baby it's cold outside
and I couldn't help but love the sound of the late great Ray Charles on "Here We Go Again."

The Dirty South is represented with Outkast, and even the Foo Fighters make an appearance in this celebrity party.

One of the songs that I found really hanging around in my head was "Life is Better" by Q-tip, a hip hop tune with a catchy chorus Life is better now, now that I've  found you

Check out this track listing: 

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 


I really enjoyed this album. It's sure to be a hit with any Norah Jones fan as well as people that appreciate a variety of music. If you're looking for your typical slow jazz style album, this may not be the best fit for you, but, I recommend giving it a try, with this much diversity there's sure to be something that catches your ear.

For more information on Norah Jones or this album, check out Norahjones.com




Disclosure: Thanks to my membership in the One2One Network I was provided with this CD for review. I was not compensated in any other way, but by posting my review I am eligible for a drawing for other prizes. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.