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Music Review: Norah Jones – …Featuring

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I was like a kid in a candy store when I found out that I would have the chance to review Norah Jones new album ….Featuring. I have long been a Norah Jones fan and even have some of her music from before she became a well-known artist. Jones comes from a musical background, which goes to show why she is on my list of favorite artists with a colossal vocal range. Just take a look at the some of the artists she features on this album. This alone tells you that she has to have range, to be able to collaborate with such a varied group of musicians.

On November 16, EMI’s Blue Note Records will release …Featuring, a star-studded collection of the multi-platinum selling, multi-Grammy Award winning singer Norah Jones’s musical collaborations from the past decade. The 18 songs on the album include duets with such legends as Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton, and with 21st Century icons from OutKast to the Foo Fighters.

These collaborations reveal Jones’s astonishing musical versatility, from jazz to country, hip-hop to rock. Three of the songs on …Featuring originally appeared on records that won Grammy awards for Album of the Year (Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company, Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, and OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below), and several others were also nominated for Grammys.

The track listing for …Featuring:

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

There is not one song on the CD that I did not like. If you want to see what Norah is up, to check out her official site. But, if you would like to get a start on your Christmas shopping you can head over to Amazon to pre-order this CD which doesn’t release until November 16, 2010.

I am also pleased to make this selection #1 in my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. If you know someone who loves Nora or just loves music in general this is a great way to check their name off the gift list.

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  • Norah Jones Fan

    “There was not one song on the CD I did not like.” That’s it? That’s the extent of your criticism? Did you even listen to the CD?

  • doug m.

    This is another review that reads like a press release. Think I am going to stick to the politics section

  • George

    Seems dezeme isn’t a real person.
    There’s a real review at the bottom of the music page.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    there’s a reason it reads like a press release because that’s where dezeme got most of the words. hope you enjoy the free CD but you should be embarrassed calling this a review

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/the-other-chad/ The Other Chad

    Can someone explain something?

    There are two recent reviews of this album here on blogcritics. One of them, Lynn Voedisch, is a thoughtful review that expresses a point of view on the album. It has a couple dozen Diggs and additional facebook shares and retweets.

    Then there’s this one. Nothing against the writer, but most of the words aren’t even from teh press release – but just a TRACKLIST. Seriously, I copied it into a word count site: 146 words devoted to listing the songs.

    Yet.. this review is among the four ‘featured’ reviews on the Music section.

    So my question: does it matter at all which reviews are featured, or are they selected via some kind of automated process? Nothing against the writer of this review but honestly if this is something worth spotlighting it will scare away readers. And Lynn’s more in depth review of the same release is only several posts down…

  • Jordan Richardson

    does it matter at all which reviews are featured, or are they selected via some kind of automated process?

    Seems to be completely arbitrary. I’m still wondering how this even got published in the first place.

  • zingzing

    “There is not one song on the CD that I did not like. If you want to see what Norah is up, to check out her official site. But, if you would like to get a start on your Christmas shopping you can head over to Amazon to pre-order this CD which doesn’t release until November 16, 2010.”

    that’s some sick shit there. “up, to” is one of my favorite phrases, and damn if this isn’t some good pre-ordering shit going on here.

    if this is how the machines take over, they had better do a better job. delete this crap. this isn’t a review, it’s an advertisement.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    If I didn’t know better, I’d think the foregoing commenters are echoing my frequent criticisms of BC’s vaunted editorial staff.

    Of course, I know better. BC’s editors are saints.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Oh, and if you have nothing better to do this week, check Blogcritics’ front page occasionally for an update in BC Writer of the Day. I predict “dezeme” will be selected next. She certainly deserves that distinction.