Billie Joe Armstrong, former member of Green Day, partnered up with Norah Jones in their new album Foreverly, a cover of the Everly Brothers’ album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, from the 1950s. The album came out on Nov. 25, 2013.
Though this is not exactly what many people expected of the former punk rock guitarist, he seems to fit the album pretty well. Armstrong and Jones did a wonderful job of keeping the original sound of the album, while somehow still managing to make it pleasingly modern.
Not only was Armstrong a bit unlikely to be singing songs from the Everly Brothers, but his partner was a bit of a shock as well. It may surprise some that Norah Jones, a jazz and pop singer, chose to sing songs from the ‘50s.
Though you may not have seen the two singing duets from an album that was for the most part unknown to the public, they did a wonderful job on covering such an old record. The only major difference from the original album to the modern version is, of course, the added female vocalist, though I think it was a very nice touch to the record.
If you need something different to listen to, give Foreverly a try. My personal favorite from the album is “Long Time Gone”, though it was truly hard to chose from several of the songs. It had a nice sound and great lyrics, but I suggest giving the whole album a good listening to. It may not be an original piece, but the duet put a nice spin on it; bringing this genre of music into today’s music industry is quite refreshing. Two thumbs up from this reviewer.