Not the Review I Wanted To Write.

A few weeks ago, I signed up with the One2One Network (which, if you haven’t checked it out already, you really should) to review the new Norah Jones album, ...Featuring Norah Jones.

Featuring Norah Jones CoverSince I love her music, I figured it’d be a win-win situation. I get a free CD. They get a glowing review. Except I don’t.

I don’t love it. But I don’t hate it either. My overall reaction? “Meh.”

I might be alone in that assessment. Everyone on Amazon gives it glowing reviews. But here’s the thing. If I’m going to sit down and listen to an album, I want there to be some rhyme or reason to it. Some logical progression to the songs and some reason for them to be grouped together.

This is more like a greatest hits compendium (whether or not the songs were hits). And individually, some of the songs are quite beautiful. My favorite are “Bull Rider,” a country-ish ditty  she sang with Sasha Dobson and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Willie Nelson.

But honestly? It’s not an album I can listen to all the way through—if I’m paying attention. I  get annoyed when the first of the two rap songs slammed in the middle of the album starts to play. The second makes me want to throw things. However, when I’m writing? I can put this on as background music and contentedly type away.

My friend Tiffany called it coffee house music. I think she’s right. It’s the type of thing you’d expect to hear as you sit back in cushy chairs, enjoying the relaxed yet caffeinated vibe at your favorite coffee joint.

So if you happen to be insane enough to try and write a novel in 30 days and need some music to type to, or if you’d like to instill a coffee house atmosphere in your kitchen, by all means, pick up …Featuring.

But if you’re looking for something to jam too? Something you’ll play over and over again on your iPod as you go about your day? This might not be the album for you.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of the ...Featuring Norah Jones CD via the One2One network to review. The opinions stated are (obviously) my own.

14 Comments on Not the Review I Wanted To Write.

  1. Rebecca
    November 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm (5 years ago)

    Are you able to pick out your very own album or did they just send it to you? Off to check out the site to learn more. Thanks

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    • Amber
      November 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm (5 years ago)

      Nope. You sign up for projects. Like this one.

      Reply
  2. kat
    November 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm (5 years ago)

    Bummer!!! I love her. But I have to admit her early albums are still the best. I remember I would listen to her every night as I would go to sleep in college! Loved it.

    So I take it from your review, this will be an iTunes purchase and not waste the cash on the whole CD.

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    • Amber
      November 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm (5 years ago)

      You might like it– – just give it a listen first.

      Reply
  3. SaucyB
    November 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Isn’t it a rare gem of an album that you can listen to all the way through and love every song? I know that’s what I look for too. btw, I have to tell you that you make me feel like a total slacker for not doing the whole novel in 30 days thing. You work full time, write several quality posts per week AND you’re writing a book? I tip my imaginary hat to you woman. Clearly, I have no excuse for not acting on the complete story outline and opening pages that sit idle on my hard drive. humph.

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    • Amber
      November 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm (5 years ago)

      My novel has completely stalled over the weekend, as my brain cells have been consumed by the flu. Despite the fact that I got a flu shot. What’s that about? Oh wait, I don’t think I’m supposed to vent in comments…

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      • Elona
        November 22, 2010 at 11:36 pm (5 years ago)

        You’re not supposed to vent in comments? Isn’t that what comments are for?
        Feeling better, chick?

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        • Amber
          November 23, 2010 at 9:26 am (5 years ago)

          I’m at work…but not necessarily better. Walking. That’s what I am. Walking. Still mostly dead though. Ugh.

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  4. Tiffany@Lattes&Life
    November 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm (5 years ago)

    Hey! Thanks for the hat tip! I know exactly what you mean…The songs aren’t bad….but the album doesn’t always flow. Definitely a background music type of CD.

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    • Amber
      November 23, 2010 at 9:27 am (5 years ago)

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for coming up with the description I needed!

      Reply
  5. Kelly
    November 23, 2010 at 1:12 am (5 years ago)

    This is why I love my iPod. I can choose the songs I like and ignore the rest. Did you have a favorite song on the album?

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    • Amber
      November 23, 2010 at 9:26 am (5 years ago)

      I think Baby It’s Cold Outside was my favorite…prob’ly because I’m ready for the holidays to start.

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  6. Unknown Mami
    November 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm (5 years ago)

    I appreciate your honesty. Having nothing to do with the quality of the album, she does look awfully cute on the cover.

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  7. Charlotte
    November 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm (5 years ago)

    That’s too bad. I used to love Norah Jones but I also haven’t been too impressed with some of her newer material. Thanks for the review though. If I happen to see this album, I’ll give it a listenin’ to, but I’m not sure I would purchase it either. Do you remember Tower Records? I used to love their listening booths. I know I can do the same thing online, but it’s just not the same.

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