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Billie Joe + Norah: Foreverly (Reprise)

Billie Joe + Norah

Billie Joe + Norah

Foreverly

(Reprise)

It is a more remarkable thing that Don and Phil Everly recorded the songs revisited here as just their second LP than it is that the frontman of Green Day and Ravi Shankar's daughter have chosen to combine their talents on the same set of tunes. After an eponymous debut album that included hits Bye Bye Love and Wake Up Little Susie, the brothers' follow-up for Cadence Records, also released in 1958, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, was quite literally that, bringing their close harmony skills to old songs of the (white) South that they'd learned from pop Ike. It would be a decade until the duo dared repeat the exercise for Warner Brothers, who snapped them up soon after, with the seminal country-rock disc Roots. In fairness, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones wear that legacy lightly, as her previous excursions into Hank Williams would lead you to hope, with their voices blending well enough to sustain the conceit. And the idea of Green Day fans acquiring a taste for Tex Ritter and Gene Autry raises a smile.

Keith Bruce

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