Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nora Jone's ....Featuring

NORA Jones .... Featuring
Oh friends, I received a pre-release of Nora Jone's CD ...Featuring last night when I got home and started listening to it today on the way to work.  It's been on all day.  Nora has this hauntingly beautiful rich voice that is so easy to listen to.  ... Featuring is a combination of Jazz, country and hip hop.  The 18 songs on this CD feature cameo's and duets with legends such as Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parson and newer icon's like foo fighters, OutKast and Ryan Adams. 

Most of the songs on this delightful CD provide a depth to Nora Jone's singing style and abilities.  There are only a couple of songs on this CD that I just didn't care for, mostly because I felt that that the duets featured musicians that just don't have the depth and richness that you find when Nora sings.  She has a smoky quality to her voice that isn't found very often today.

The 2 songs that I could listen to over and over (and I have) are Love Me with The Little Willies whom I had never heard of and Here We Go Again with Ray Charles featuring Nora Jones.  The combination of these artists with Nora are matched so well it felt like they had been singing together for years.  Here We Go Again actually brought tears to my eyes which wasn't too good as I was at work typing my little heart out.  But it felt like I was sitting alone in the room while he was playing and she was singing with him.

I would of liked to hear Baby It's Cold Outside with someone other than Willie Nelson because his voice just doesn't have the same powerfulness that Nora's does and the strength of her voice really overpowered his.  And there was another song that I think if another artist had sung it with her it would of sounded so much better - but then it's hard to tell because I usually only care for hip hop sung by ladies such as Alecia Keys who is another powerful singer. 

Note: after I wrote this, I listened to Willie Nelson singing Baby, It's Cold Outside and it was definitely growing on me.  It seemed like his voice grew stronger as the song went on and maybe that's how it's supposed to be. 

“A lot of the people on this record are people I've worshiped since I was a kid, and some of them are younger and more my contemporaries,” says Norah. “Even though the musicians are so varied, the vibe of the songs makes sense when we put them all together.”

...Featuring 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

Would you like to stay in touch with Nora and find out about upcoming events for her?  Be sure to Follow her pages by clicking on the following links:

* Website: http://bit.ly/norahsite

* Facebook: http://on.fb.me/norahFB

* YouTube: http://bit.ly/norahYT

I highly recommend this CD for yourself or as a gift.  The wide variety of songs and the musicians will catch almost everyone's interest and enjoyment.  You can preorder ... Featuring online at Amazon for $9.99.  Just be sure to place a $25 order so you can get FREE shipping - infact, order 2-3 of them, 1 for yourself and the other's for Christmas gifts.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of ... Featuring Nora Jones from One2One Network for my reviewing pleasure.  My review is my own opinion and I am entering a contest to win one of 5 $50 gift cards through the One2One Network for participating.  

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