Featuring… (2010 LP) – Norah Jones
Her husky, rustic voice has become a pioneering wave throughout the music industry in the most recent half of the last decade, and with the release of her most recent album, Norah Jones takes appreciators to a surprisingly substandard level – well, at least she did this appreciator. Her most recent release Featuring… is exactly that. It boasts talent from the likes of Dolly Parton, Dave Grohl, Ryan Adams, Outkast, Herbie Hancock and many more. While being so jam-packed, it left me feeling quite the contrary; similar to how you would feel seeing the last few drops of wine in your glass – disappointed.
I love Norah Jones, but I’m not too keen on her newest release. To me it seems a bit pointless. The album consists of tracks that Norah has featured on with other artists – the majority of these tracks were released on albums years ago, so for me it felt as though I was being sold second hand goods at a first hand price. Norah didn’t write anything new for the album so the element of creation is missing. It’s simply a compilation of collaborative tracks that Norah has featured on over the years.
Of course the music on the album is good – it’s Norah Jones. However, I always get disappointed when artists release albums like this. It makes me question their motives for producing the music in the first place… is it the money or the music? Surely it couldn’t be the ‘convenience’ of having all feature songs on an album – any fan who cares that much would have them all already right? 90% of what I love about an artist is that they do what they do for themselves and their own enjoyment – that’s how you know you’re getting 100% quality, and I really felt like this album was just ‘thrown together’ – the sequence of tracks is also shocking, nothing works.
All in all, it’s a good album. It’s got really good music on it, but her motivation for this release is what put such a dampener on it. I’d give it a 5/10. Norah’s voice never disappoints, but I found this album pointless.
Originally written for www.theaureview.com