So the fine folks at One2One Network provided me with an advanced copy of …Featuring Norah Jones, the new release from Norah Jones (and yes, I do have the chance to win a gift card in exchange for writing this review.)
I must say Ms. Jones keeps excellent company. The record is a compilation of her duets and collaborations over the year, and guests include Foo Fighters, Willie Nelson, Outkast, Dolly Parton, Q-Tip and Charlie Hunter, to name a few. Upon first listen I thought the disc was perfect for brunch. It evokes the type of adult contemporary station where all sorts of random music is thrown together, but none of it is too aggressive or provocative. It’s a hodgepodge of genres but it never goes too far in any one direction. It’s a comfortable listen, with a few choice selections. I really liked the Talib Kweli duet Soon the New Day and the twangy Bull Rider performed with Sasha Dobson. I wasn’t a fan of the Belle and Sebastian collaboration. This record also proved to me the only person who should ever, ever sing More than This is Bryan Ferry. And I mean ever.
But overall, a good effort from Norah Jones. Put it on if you’re having brunch or want to feel like you’re having brunch, or if you just want a little comfort.