Norah Jones …Featuring

Norah Jones …Featuring
Fans expecting new material from Norah Jones may be a bit disappointed at the outset with …Featuring, since it collects previously released duets and collaborations recorded between 2001 and 2010. Get past that and it's still an impressive, satisfying listen. What stands out is Jones's malleability; her grasp of seemingly disparate styles such as country, pop, hip-hop, soul and jazz without compromising her unique, sultry, warm vocal tones. Indeed, she sounds just as comfortable covering Elvis Presley chestnut "Love Me," with the Little Willies, as she is pairing up with legends like Willie Nelson and the late Ray Charles or playing the otherworldly diva foil to the cosmic funk and hip-hop of Outkast and Q-Tip, respectively. The best track is a slow-burning 2002 cover of Irma Thomas's soul classic, "Ruler of My Heart," featuring a then unknown Jones backed by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Robert Randolph, which is pure soul heartbreak. (Blue Note/EMI)