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
The tracks on …Featuring span her entire career, from one of her earliest
recording sessions (a version of Roxy Music’s “More Than This” with guitarist
Charlie Hunter in 2001) to her most recent performance, a song called “Little
Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” that she cut with Belle and Sebastian, which
appears on their new album. The result serves as a kind of parallel history to
her own four albums, which have sold over 40 million copies worldwide
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
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Ocean Way Recordings, Hollywood, CA; RPM International Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Autumn de Wilde.
2010's ...Featuring Norah Jones, an eighteen track compilation of previously released Norah Jones collaborations, includes duets with the likes of Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton, OutKast and the Foo Fighters.
Billboard (p.24) - "The singer is especially good on 'Life Is Better,' a sexy soul-rap track from Q-Tip's 2008 THE RENAISSANCE, and on 'Dear John,' a bleary duet with Ryan Adams that reminds listeners that even multiplatinum prodigies can get the blues."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This 18-song miscellany reminds us that talent loves the company of talent, one-off duets with Ray Charles and Dolly Parton underlining Jones's seemingly effortless ascent to premier league status."
Paste (magazine) - "The burble of organ on 'Turn Them,' a duet with Sean Bones, may be the album's finest sonic hook, a sound that subtly mimics her mellifluous vocals."
Clash (magazine) - "[T]he close vocal harmonies with Gillian Welch are particularly strong and a version of Roxy Music's 'More Than This' is utterly charming."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.84) - "As a showcase for Norah's voice, it's fantastic. As an illustration of her ability to stretch herself far from the dinner party soft jazz of her perceived populist image, it's even better."
Uncut (magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There are knockabout duets with big names, but more interesting is hearing Jones sweeten hip hop tracks and add heavenly harmonies to indie sessions."
This is my first Norah Jones CD. I've heard some of her solo stuff, but never bought any of it. Then I heard this CD playing in a local coffee shop, I originally thought they had multiple CD's on shuffle, and asked to see what it was.
It's a nearly perfect background mix for the holidays. But once you really get into it, you realize how much depth is in the mix. Great song selection, for some of the duets, you have to look at the liner notes to know who is singing on it, there's some really different musical styles for who's on it.
Obviously this is a CD for fans of eclectic vocal mixes, since it crosses a lot of different artists and styles. But, for my money, it does it all very well. Great artists, great songs, great mixing. Doesn't need a lot of listens to get into, and random songs from this CD fit well into a a shuffle mix.
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