Friday, November 8, 2019

Norah Jones - Strangers - Various Songs (2009-2010)

I must sound like a broken record by now when it comes to Norah Jones. So I'll try to summarize my feelings as quickly as possible. Don't judge Jones by her "adult contemporary" hits and albums. She has a much more interesting alternate career with her non-album material, where she takes more risks and shows more variety. Plus, she generally applies her sultry voice to great songs written by others instead of just okay songs that she writes herself.

If you've been following my other Jones stray track album posts, this is more of the same. She does covers of songs made famous by Ray Charles, the Kinks, Wilco, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, and more. Most of the songs are bonus tracks, B-sides, or are from various artists compilations, or are duets on other artists' albums.

Three of the songs are officially unreleased, from concerts. However, the sound quality of those are high enough that I don't think you'll be able to tell from hearing which ones they are. Actually, a bunch of songs here are live versions, but I've removed the audience cheering to make them all sound like studio tracks.

01. Can't Stop (Norah Jones)
02. You Are My Sunshine (Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis & Norah Jones)
03. Turn Around (Puss N Boots featuring Norah Jones)
04. That's What I Said (Norah Jones)
05. Her Red Shoes (Norah Jones)
06. You Don't Know Me (Norah Jones with Wynton Marsalis)
07. Strangers (Norah Jones)
08. Jesus, Etc. (Norah Jones)
09. Cry, Cry, Cry (Norah Jones)
10. Tell Me Why (Norah Jones)
11. Change Is Gonna Come (Norah Jones)

The only problem in making the cover art for Norah Jones albums is which photo to use, because she looks so good in every single one! This one is from 2009.

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