Music

B+

The Hottest State

Genre: Soundtracks; Lead Performer: Various Artists

Who has more high-wattage friends than Jesse Harris? The singer/songwriter behind Norah Jones’ ”Don’t Know Why” gathers luminaries — including Willie Nelson, Feist, and Jones herself — to re-create his own, previously recorded tunes for buddy Ethan Hawke’s The Hottest State. Harris, a Kris Kristofferson for the aughts, writes songs that lend themselves well to these gentle interpretations; that sleepy beauty tips toward somnolence, but Sunday-morning comedowns don’t come much lovelier. B+
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Originally posted August 3 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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