Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong Team Up for Unique Duets Album
Mellow singer-songwriter Norah Jones and Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong are set to release their first duets album, Foreverly, on November 25th. The album is a compilation of Everly Brothers covers and throwbacks from Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, originally released by the Everly Brothers in 1958.
With Norah’s sultry blues influence and Billie Joe’s punk rock vibe, it seems like these music talents would be incapable of collaboration. While Norah Jones is herself very versatile, switching seemingly effortlessly from her signature piano in favor of guitar on her most recent albums, Billie Joe Armstrong is perceived almost exclusively as a permanent fixture in the world of punk rock. Although his most recent project, the adaptation of Green Day’s smash 2004 album American Idiot to the Broadway stage, has expanded Billie Joe’s musical experiences, a Jones-Armstrong pairing would have previously seemed completely impossible.
In addition to the interesting blend that is Norah and Billie Joe, the Everly Brothers had a significant country influence, a genre that is not associated with either of the collaborators. However, “Long Time Gone”, the first single off Foreverly was released this week and both artists seem to be completely comfortable with the material, producing vocal harmonies that stay true to the original while allowing for genre ambiguity. If “Long Time Gone” is any indication of the rest of the album, Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong defy expectations to become well-matched musical pair. This album is for Billie Joe and Norah fans alike, providing listeners with a well-deserved tribute to the Everly Brothers.
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