Billie Joe and Norah, ‘Foreverly’


Aidin Vaziri | It’s probably better not to ask how Norah Jones and Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong wound up in a studio together recording a song-by-song tribute to the Everly Brothers’ 1958 album, “Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.” What matters here is how the singers from distinctly different backgrounds bring out the best in each other on the collaboration “Foreverly.” Armstrong tones down the cartoon snarl while Jones unfurls her finest twang as the pair swing through fresh interpretations of old cowboy classics such as “Long Time Gone” and “Barbara Allen.” The fiddles and pedal-steel guitars give the music a whiff of authenticity, while the stripped-down production lets the duo’s sublime harmonies shine. Even if the word might make Armstrong’s longtime fans cringe, the whole thing is downright pretty.