Like most of you, I’m sure, I became familiar with the music of Norah Jones in 2002. Come Away With Me was everywhere then, and besides loving her haunting voice, I was interested when I learned that her father is Ravi Shankar. I’m a music nerd like that.
But once my girls came along I found I had little time for ‘grown-up’ music, and although years before I would have sworn it wouldn’t be so, I found myself listening to (and -gasp!- actually enjoying) The Wiggles and The Jonas Brothers.
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for these kids.
Except Justin Bieber.
I draw the line there. We all have our breaking point and he is mine. But if he gets a haircut and ties his shoes I’ll consider not hating him, which is really the best I can offer.
Yes, I do realize how old that makes me sound. That is because I am old.
Norah Jones has a new CD out called …Featuring and it’s comprised of duets and collaborations she has done over the past decade. I was offered the chance to review the album before it was released on November 16th, and while I began listening right away, it’s taken me a week to formulate a solid opinion and put fingers to keyboard.
My overall? Thumbs up. I especially like Creepin’ In with Dolly Parton, Loretta with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Here We Go Again with Ray Charles.
I’m on the fence about others. I can’t stand the Foo Fighters collaboration Virginia Moon – way too easy listening, even for an old fogey like me. And Baby It’s Cold Outside (a song I love) with Willie Nelson (an artist I love) just doesn’t work, as much as I wanted it to.
Download this: Bull Rider with Sasha Dobson
Overall I think this is a very interesting album and I’m glad I have had the chance to listen to it. It’s in my disc changer and I intend to leave it there for a while. If you’re interested, you can buy a hard copy yourself for $10 at Amazon, or download for $8.
FTC prison-avoiding fine print – I was given a copy of this CD for review. I didn’t pay a dime for it. Zip, zilch, nada. I also didn’t receive a dime for reviewing it. Nil. The opinions here are my own honest opinions, not purchased or swayed by free CDs.
I could possibly be swayed by large piles of cash, however, so if you’d like to send some my way I’m all ears.
Thank you to the One2One Network for providing the CD to facilitate this review.