11/11/2010

Featuring....Norah Jones... CD Review

As some of you may know, I started working again this past May. After becoming a new mom and doing the SAHM gig for about a year, it became rather obvious that I'm a total OCD freak a type-A personality and was born to work.

Well, fast-forward 6 months--trying to play superwoman--working, taking care of a 2 year old, and big dog and a hubby...holidays looming ever so near (thanks neighbors for putting up your Christmas decorations on Halloween night! WTH?!), and no beach vacation this year, I'm feeling a little pressured, stressed and frazzled. It's been awhile since I really got any time to spend a little me time doing things I enjoy.


It was perfect timing when I was given the opportunity from the folks at One2OneNetwork to review an advance copy of the CD -- Featuring....Norah Jones, which goes on sale Tues 11/16. I really needed a little somethin' to help me relax...peel off those layers of stress and get my groove back.

 
I became a Norah fan with the album "Come Away With Me". I love her slightly retro sound and her sultry, soulful voice. She really does take me away. I was really intrigued by her and learned that she grew up in Texas with a Southern mother and Indian father -- the Legendary Sitar Virtuoso Ravi Shankar and a sister who is a classical Indian artist -- Anoushka Shankar. I think this blend of influences really makes her the unique artist that she is.
 
I was very intrigued again when I heard about this new CD "Featuring..." when I heard that it contained 18 songs that are collaborations from the last 10 years with an array of other artists that span from country, blues, rock, hip hop and jazz...I mean, we're talking Ray Charles, Foo Fighters, Dolly Partin, Outkast, Q-tip, and Willie Nelson to name a few. I couldn't wait to give it a listen, and wasn't entirely sure what to expect.
 
I was blown away by "Virginia Moon" by Foo Fighters, featuring Norah Jones. This was actually recorded in 2005 and was on the Foo Fighters album "In Your Honor". How did I miss this song before? It has this super-sexy-smooth as velvet-bossanova sound. My first thought was woah--Norah is so smooth she can tame the beast in Dave Grohl! heheh! This song is my fave on this CD. Makes me wanna put on a little somethin' sexy, have a cocktail with my hubby and have a super sexy date nite!
 
I really enjoyed "Love Me" with The Little Willies. It has a sultry, kind of bluesy sound with a cool guitar riff that I loved. The duo with Willie Nelson on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is relevant and timely with the late autumn release of this CD. At first the thought of this collaboration struck me that it'd be like pairing peanut butter and aged whiskey, but as I listened to it...it not only works, it was very beguiling and charming. I found the duet with Outkast kinda funky and refreshing, and loved the chill-groove of "Life is Better" with Q-Tip. All in all, I think there is something for every musical taste on this CD. I like this as a great CD to relax and unwind.  I can also see it as a sexy date night CD--maybe cook a meal and have a little wine....you get my drift. I give Featuring....Norah Jones a big thumbs up. Great CD!
 
Here's the complete 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
 
Check it out:
You can pre-order this CD on Amazon at http://amzn.to/Njpreorder
You can also check out Norah's website at http://bit.ly/norahsite
Visit & Like Norah at Facebook: http://on.fb.me/norahFB
Or check out Norah's YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/norahYT

How do you like to relax, recharge and get your groove back?
Which track do you think might be your favorite from this CD?
 
I received complimentary review copy of this CD and have a chance to win a gift card from One2OneNetwork in exchange for my honest opinion and a review. I was not required to write a positive review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

phairhead said...

ahhhhh!!! Belle & Sebastian....LOVE LOVE LOVE

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