Norah Jones – Featuring Norah Jones
With powerful lyrics and soft jazzy-pop tunes, Norah Jones has managed
to capture the ears and hearts of listeners since her award-winning debut album
Come Away with Me in 2002. Featuring
Norah Jones is a compilation that serves as a reminder of the greatest
duets that have helped shape this talented singer.
Besides the impressive and diverse array of collaborations with
different artists through the eighteen-track album, the music genres are
colourful enough to satisfy every taste. Just when everyone thought that Jones had
made her mark as a light jazz singer, her new songs are flavoured with surprising
alternative rock and country edges.
Formidable duets include the smooth ‘Love Me’ that has Jones’s signature
piano tunes featuring The Little Willies, and the award-nominated 2005 hit ‘Virginia
Moon’ with the Foo Fighters, an unforgettable piano/guitar collaboration that
leaves audiences wondering why they didn’t make more songs together.
Featuring Norah Jones has plenty for
country fans. Turning to a more upbeat tempo, ‘Creepin’ In’ with Dolly Parton –
the perfect vocal companion to Jones – gives out a gleeful mood. ‘Bull Rider’
and ‘Loretta’ also carry on the country music theme. If some songs appear to
pull Jones out of her comfort zone, then it’s clear that the rap duet ‘Soon the
New Day’ with Talib Kweli did so the most. Yet, her vocals fit perfectly with
Kweli’s and the song doesn’t feel out of place.
But was the album fair to Jones? A dedicated fan would have liked to
listen to more Norah Jones than other artists on the album; especially when
some duets aren’t that good, such as ‘Dear John’. Also, most of the songs aren’t
hers; she’s only featured, that’s why it might not be appealing to some fans.
Norah Jones’s music has proven to be more than just another song on a
café’s playlist, and although she appears as a supporting artist on this album,
it is still a record that highlights the memorable work of an artist that has
managed to do so well with a variety of genres.