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Sunday 19 November 2017

Review: Billie Joe + Norah - Foreverly

Unlikely pair rockin' together on Everly covers

Billie Joe + Norah - Foreverly
Billie Joe + Norah - Foreverly
Billie Joe Armstong and Norah Jones
John Meagher

John Meagher

Billie Joe + Norah - Foreverly (Reprise)

A collaboration between Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and the queen of easy listening, Norah Jones, is not the most likely pairing, but both find plenty of common ground on this charming album of Everly Brothers covers.

And it's the siblings' 1958 album of old standards, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, that the American duo zero in on here. In places the results are exquisite, not least on Rockin' Alone which sees Jones take lead vocals, and there's an undoubted artistic chemistry between the two as well.

Yet, despite their best intentions, Foreverly is a slight album that feels like little more than a stopgap to more substantial work. But it does show that Armstrong, for one, is willing to stray outside his comfort zone every once in a while.

This is the second male-female collaboration inspired by the Everly Brothers this year: Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Dawn McCarthy's idiosyncratic What the Brothers Sang is worth a listen.

Key Tracks: Rockin' Alone; Long Time Gone

Irish Independent

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