One of my favorite movies of all time is Two Weeks Notice. Don’t judge me. I realize it’s not exactly award-winning cinema. But I like it.
The first time I saw the movie (starring Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, if you’ve somehow managed to miss this one), I was completely distracted during one of its most romantic scenes.
Toward the end of the movie, all the characters attend a gala, and Hugh Grant is blown away by how beautiful Sandra Bullock looks in her [hideous, but supposed to be pretty] dress. After much stuttering and stammering, he finally manages to say, “You look absolutely surprising.”
I almost missed the whole interchange, though, because I was focused on the music. I remember leaning over to Mark [who, poor guy, had been forced to watch yet another chick flick] and saying, “Hey! Is that Norah Jones singing? Oh, look! It’s Norah Jones! She’s at the piano! Oh, I like her! You know, she has that song on the radio? Norah Jones!”
Yeah. I like Norah Jones. I like her voice. I like that she plays the piano. And I like the jazzy old standards she typically sings.
So, when One2One Network offered me Norah’s latest CD to review, I didn’t have to think twice. Of course I said yes.
…Featuring includes 18 duets with legends such as Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and OutKast. Okay, so OutKast is not a legend. But he does sing a song with Norah Jones. According to Norah’s website, the tracks on this CD have been recorded throughout her entire career, starting in 2001. She also says (on the website):
“It’s so exciting and flattering and fun when I get asked to sing with somebody that I admire. It takes you a little bit out of your comfort zone when you’re doing something with another artist. You don’t know what to expect—it’s kind of like being a little kid and having a playdate.”
The whole CD has a mellow vibe, and while I didn’t love all the songs, I really enjoyed her duet with Dolly Parton as well as her song with Sasha Dobson. I’d never heard of Dobson before; that’s what’s great about a project like this one. It introduces you to a wide variety of artists – all the while featuring one of your favorites!
If you’d like a chance to win a copy of …Featuring by Norah Jones, leave a comment telling me what music you’re enjoying these days.
This contest will be closed on Monday, November 22.
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this CD by One2One Network and have been entered to win a gift card in return for posting this review. However, as always, all opinions are my own. Especially the ones about chick flicks that may or may not be, in fact, terrible.