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The World of Norah Jones

by Jim Allen

The World of Norah Jones


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When Norah Jones first appeared, taking over the planet in her own sweet, subtle way with her mega-platinum 2002 debut album, Come Away with Me, it would have been impossible to picture the then-22-year-old jazz-pop chanteuse in a duo with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. What a difference a decade makes. Not only have Jones and Armstrong released a new album that is a track-for-track cover of The Everly Brothers' folk-country record Songs Our Daddy Taught Us (itself a covers album), Jones has inserted herself into such a dizzying variety of extracurricular projects that nothing seems out of bounds for her. Here you'll find a vast bounty of Norah Jones recordings that have never appeared on any of her own albums; some are contributions to tribute records honoring the likes of Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, others are guest spots on albums by everyone from Danger Mouse to Belle and Sebastian, and then there are Jones' side projects, like the country band The Little Willies. It all adds up to a wider view of Norah Jones' world than you've probably experienced until now.

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