In one of the strangest, and therefore coolest, team-ups ever, Norah Jones has joined forces with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong for the new album, Foreverly. The album is actually a tribute to the Everly Brothers‘ 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. So it has the duo taking on an Americana sound of old standards. Yeah, the Queen of Soft Jazz and the King of Modern Punk are doing folk music together. Pretty freakin’ unique.
With the combination of those voices on this style of music, you can’t help but hope for another Raising Sand, that incredible 2007 album from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss that swept the Grammys. That’s a pretty impossible standard for Norah and Billie to live up to, and they don’t with Foreverly, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a decent album on its own.
The novelty of these two singing together never wears off over the 12 songs, and they are almost singing harmony the entire time. It’s not til track 8 that Billie sings some of it solo, while we finally hear Norah’s voice on her own for track 10, “I’m Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail”. The two sound great on tracks like “Roving Gambler”, “Lightning Express”, “Rockin’ Alone (In An Old Rockin’ Chair)”, and “Kentucky”. There’s a lack of diversity across the collection, but as a cohesive piece of work, Togetherly has a charming throwback charm that is a surprising beautiful collaboration.