Monday, 25 November 2013
Foreverly - Norah Jones goes Green with a little help from Billie Joe
I'm a fan of the original Everly album and as soon as I heard about Billie and Norah's version I was hooked - I've had the album on pre-order for a couple of months and it finally fell through the letterbox this morning. Once upon a not too long ago I would have braved the icy morning and trekked to the local record shop (now a kebab joint) for the album but these days it comes via Amazon and a whistling postie, but that's another story.
The album works well and the harmonies are wonderful -Norah's female voice serves to distance the album from the Everly's original, but other than that it's a very faithful rendering of the original. Norah's smoky pipes entangle themselves with Billie Joe's earthy vocals and I think this album will be a grower. The sparce acoustic instrumentation and beautiful vocals means that the album sounds both old fashioned and contemporary at the same time. Upon first listen Barbara Allen and Rockin' Alone seem like standout tracks, but the entire platter seems hits the groove.
You'd have to be an American Idiot to ignore this album as a curio, a moment of madness from Billie Joe. It's a rootsy album that could become something of a minor classic - it's up there with Alison Kruass and Robert Plant's Raising Sand of which it reminded me.