I think by now most of you know that not only do I love music, I'm lucky enough to get to review new albums once in a while. What you may not know, is that I really want to love everything they send me to listen to. When I was asked by One2One Network to check out the new Norah Jones CD before it is released on November 16, I was excited. Norah Jones has won 9 Grammy's and yet the only song of hers that I was truly familiar with was "Don't Know Why" from her 2002 debut album.
Norah Jones has collaborated with many artists over the years and this new album is a compilation of those songs. It was recorded from 2001 to 2010 and the range of diverse musical styles does show just how well Jones adapts from genre to genre. She seems to be "classified" as a pop singer, but in my opinion her vocal style is much more what I consider jazz or blues. Some of the people she sings with on the new CD are Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams, Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock and her famous duet with Ray Charles, "Here We Go Again" from his last album.
As for my opinion of the CD, I really wanted to like it. I've played it through 3 times now and it simply isn't my musical taste. I would be very curious to see what Norah Jones fans think of it, because I know that each song is well done and each person or group she works with is a star in their own right. This just happens to be a musical style that I don't enjoy, so my thoughts are that if you are more into rock, current pop or even an occasional country ballad as I am, this might not be for you. If however, jazz and lazy blues music is your thing...you will love this.
1. Love Me - The Little Willies2. 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
*I was provided with the CD for this review