'Foreverly' tribute album: Sweet, simple
The "Foreverly" (Reprise) project -- which pairs Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones to cover the Everly Brothers' 1958 album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" -- is one of those ideas that doesn't make much sense until it's heard. But the way Billie Joe and Norah's voices fit together and fill this spare Americana context so beautifully eliminates any doubts. Songs like "Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" sound like they came straight out of a '50s time capsule, delivered sweetly and simply, with the slightest bit of rockabilly swagger, while the ache of "Down in the Willow Garden" is haunting.
BILLIE JOE & NORAH
THE GRADE B+
BOTTOM LINE A surprisingly sweet pairing and remarkably faithful tribute