Billie Joe + Norah
At hearing Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong had teamed up to release an album, I was admittedly perplexed. I think my first full thought was something along the lines of, “He wears WAY more eyeliner than she does.” I'm all for unexpected collaborations, but this one really stretched believability for me. After all, Green Day was a definitive band of my formative years in all their (pop) punk rock glory, and, while Norah has experimented with genre, anywhere near punk is one place I’ve yet to hear her jazzy vocals venture. However, the project made a bit more sense once I realized the recording is a tribute album (cleverly titled Foreverly) to the Everly Brothers’ album ‘Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.’ Feeling very old-country and carefully traditional, this track-for-track cover album effectively captures the flavor and warmth of the source material, while the genuine admiration of both artists for that original material is always evident. Billie Joe's and Norah’s voices roll along, providing incredible complement to each other, consistently fitting nicely with the latter’s known talents, while showing a new, softer facet of the former's.