Saturday, November 20, 2010

Norah Jones ...Featuring {Review}

I must admit, I've had a hard time listening to this album. Not because I haven't enjoyed the music, but because Christmas music started playing on the radio the same time this c.d. arrived. And I LOVE Christmas music. But I also love Norah Jones. I did not realize the music that this album had to offer. It should have been obvious from the title, ...Featuring, that the music would include other artists featuring Norah Jones. I did not realize this until I was reading through the track list.

...Featuring Track Listing:
1. Love Me – The Little Willies
2. Virginia Moon – The Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones
3. Turn Them – Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones
4. Baby It's Cold Outside – Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones
5. Bull Rider – Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson
6. Ruler Of My Heart – Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones
7. The Best Part – El Madmo
8. Take Off Your Cool – OutKast featuring Norah Jones
9. Life Is Better – Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones
10. Soon The New Day – Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones
11. Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John – Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones
12. Here We Go Again – Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones
13. Loretta – Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
14. Dear John – Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones
15. Creepin' In – Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton
16. Court & Spark – Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones
17. More Than This – Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones
18. Blue Bayou – Norah Jones featuring M. Ward

What an eclectic variety of music! I especially liked track #4 Baby it's Cold Outside. You know, to go along with my current Christmas music theme!
...Featuring arrived in stores November 16th and is a collection of the multi-platinum, Grammy award winning singer's collaborations from the past decade. Songs include duets with legends such as Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton. Norah also partners with 21st century icons like OutKast and Foo Fighters. This album includes styles from jazz to country and hip-hop to rock.

“A lot of the people on this record are people I've worshiped since I was a kid, and some of them are younger and more my contemporaries,” says Norah. “Even though the musicians are so varied, the vibe of the songs makes sense when we put them all together.”

While not all for the songs were the style of music I normally listen too, it was fun to hear Norah in all of the different music genres. And while I may be pushing repeat on track #4 for now, I look forward to listening to this album again and again after Christmas! For more info about Norah Jones and ...Featuring, visit her

This review is my personal opinion. I am entered to win a gift card through One2One Network by posting this review.

    Thursday, June 24, 2010

    Sarah McLachlan Laws Of Illusion {Review}

    Sarah McLachlan, the Grammy® award winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter, released her new album Laws of Illusion on June 15th. This is her first album of new material in seven years! The album release also coincides with the return of Lilith Fair. I love Sarah McLachlan and was lucky enough to be chosen to preview the album. I have yet to hear a song from Sarah that I didn't like and this album does not disappoint. She has such a calming tone to her voice. This c.d. has really helped me to relax since having a new baby this month. The album’s first single is “Loving You Is Easy” and it is one of my favorites. To find out more about Sarah and Laws of Illusion check out her website. And for info about Lilith Fair go here.
    Artists joining Sarah on the bill to include:
    Colbie Caillat, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Ke$ha, Norah Jones, Sugarland, Heart, Miranda Lambert, Beth Orton, Brandi Carlile, Cat Power, Chantel Kreviazuk, Corinne Bailey Rae, Emmylou Harris, Gossip, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson, Jill Scott, Loretta Lynn, Metric, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara and more!

    4. CHANGES
    7. LOVE COME
    8. OUT OF TUNE
    11. U WANT ME 2


    Jun 27 Calgary, AB McMahon Stadium
    Jun 28 Edmonton, AB Northlands Spectrum
    Jul 1 Vancouver, BC, Canada Pitt Meadows Airport
    Jul 2 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheatre
    Jul 3 Seattle/George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
    Jul 5 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
    Jul 7 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
    Jul 8 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
    Jul 9 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
    Jul 10 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    Jul 12 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
    Jul 13 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
    Jul 15 Kansas City, MO Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
    Jul 16 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    Jul 17 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    Jul 18 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
    Jul 20 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
    Jul 21 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
    Jul 23 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapaeu
    Jul 24 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    Jul 27 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
    Jul 28 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
    Jul 30 Boston, MA Comcast Center
    Jul 31 New York, NY PNC Bank Arts Center
    Aug 1 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
    Aug 3 Washington, DC TBA
    Aug 4 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
    Aug 6 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
    Aug 7 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
    Aug 8 Atlanta, GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    Aug 10 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
    Aug 11 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
    Aug 12 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
    Aug 14 Austin, TX TBA
    Aug 15 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    Aug 16 Dallas, TX Center

    Saturday, May 29, 2010

    One eskimO {Review}

    I was recently introduced to a band called One eskimO. They are an English band with a #1 adult alternative song called "Kandi" which Los Angeles Times Magazine hails a beautiful, aspirational track.. Band members include singer-songwriter Kristian Leontiou, Pete Rinaldi (guitar), Jamie Sefton (bass, horns) and Adam Falkner (drums). I was able to preview their new self titled album and have really enjoyed the mellow, catchy tunes. My three year old even liked it and said it was pretty music. The CD arrived while I was on vacation. I wish it would have come sooner so we could have enjoyed the calming music in the car. The band is currently on tour through August. For more info on the band you can check out the One eskimO web site. Or check them out on Facebook.

    Tour Dates

    May 14 Miami, FL Fillmore
    May 15 Jacksonville, FL Free Bird Live
    May 18 Orlando, FL House of Blues
    May 19 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
    May 22 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
    May 24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
    May 25 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
    Jun 01 Toronto, ON The Guvernment
    Jun 03 New York, NY The Beach at Governor’s Island
    Jun 04 Boston, MA House of Blues
    Jun 05 Essex Junction, VT Camplain Valley Expo
    Jun 06 Hunter, NY Mountain Jam Festival
    Jun 08 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Thtr
    Jun 09 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
    Jun 12 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
    Jun 13 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
    Aug 14 Denver, CO Mile High Festival

    Astronauts (
    free download)
    Simple Day
    Givin Up
    All Balloons
    Chosen One