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.
Since 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.