Release Date: November 16, 2010
Record Label: Blue Note Records
…Featuring is an album of song collaborations featuring Norah Jones. The music exhibits a wide variety of styles ranging from jazz classics, to country, to indie rock, to hip-hop. The common thread throughout is Jones’ unwavering vocal presence. It serves as a good reminder of how much she’s accomplished and grown as an artist over the past eight years.
Highlights from this collection include “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” performed with Willie Nelson, “Here We Go Again,” performed with Ray Charles, and a version of the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller song, “Love Me” (popularized by Elvis). …Featuring is packed with other gems from start to finish.
The album does have a couple misses. The Foo Fighters song “Virginia Moon” is a nice Latin influenced piece, but Jones’ vocals are buried in the harmonies with singer Dave Grohl. Q-Tip’s “Life Is Better” and Talib Kweli’s “Soon the New Day” could really use more of Jones’ touch like what was done on OutKast’s “Take Off Your Cool.”
…Featuring is a great collection of songs. At the very least it saves the hard-core Norah Jones fan from having to scour iTunes to purchase the tracks individually. But it’s much more than that for those who want a collection of really good music performed by some phenomenal artists.
- “Love Me” (The Little Willies)
- “Virginia Moon” (Foo Fighters)
- “Turn Them” (Sean Bones)
- “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (Willie Nelson)
- “Bull Rider” (Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson)
- “Ruler of My Heart” (Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
- “The Best Part” (El Madmo)
- “Take Off Your Cool” (OutKast)
- “Life Is Better” (Q-Tip)
- “Soon the New Day” (Talib Kweli)
- “Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John” (Belle & Sebastian)
- “Here We Go Again” (Ray Charles)
- “Loretta” (Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch & David Rawlings)
- “Dear John” (Ryan Adams)
- “Creepin’ In” (Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton)
- “Court & Spark” (Herbie Hancock)
- “More Than This” (Charlie Hunter)
- “Blue Bayou” (Norah Jones featuring M. Ward)