By: Kyle Grim
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones team up in what is the most unlikely duo album of the year.
“Foreverly” is a reinterpretation of the Everly Brothers’ album, “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.” While it is evident that there was some excitement from Armstrong and Jones in making this album, it still comes across as boring and uninspired.
The main complaint against the album is the way that the voices are mixed. Armstrong’s voice tends to overshadow Jones’. While his voice is great for Green Day’s punk material, it seems a little off in Americana songs.
Jones has better technique and sound overall, and it would be interesting to hear how the songs sound with her voice at the forefront. There are no original songs on this album and for the most part, they’re relatively straightforward arrangements.
There’s nothing that stands out with any particular track and the songs tend to blend in together. That being said, the sounds are incredibly soothing, and could make for some nice, relaxing background music.
But it’s not something that one would just sit and listen to directly.
It’s nice to see these two artists branching into unfamiliar territory, especially Armstrong. He’s more talented than most people give him credit for; he’s usually stuck in the confines of the pop punk genre. Although it is nice to see him branch out, it’s just not the right direction for him. “Foreverly” isn’t a bad album, but it’s also not good. It’s average. In fact, it may be the most average album of the year.