Spanning nine years and 18 tracks, Featuring collects a cross-section of Norah Jones's previously released collaborations, barring more comical and controversial (and in many ways more interesting) work with Lonely Island and Mike Patton. Custom-made for holiday gift-giving, the album includes the smoky-voiced singer's duets with Ray Charles, the Foo Fighters, Dolly Parton and Talib Kweli, showing her willingness to span genres and not be pigeonholed.
The Belle and Sebastian collab, Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John, illustrates the importance of context in art. While it sounds overproduced on B&S's album, here it's a standout and shows how well Jones's voice blends with Stuart Murdoch's. As on the other notable tracks, the song's strong melody and classic arrangement allow her voice to shine. Ultimately, though, the comp is uneven, and it's difficult to determine the intended audience; fans likely already own these songs.
Top track: Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John