Saturday, May 12, 2007

Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours

Decade - 1950's

Label - Capitol
Producer - Voyle Gilmore
Country - US
Genre - Traditional Pop/Big Band/Crooner

A1In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning3:00
A2Mood Indigo3:30
A3Glad to Be Unhappy2:35
A4I Get Along Without You Very Well3:42
A5Deep in a Dream2:49
A6I See Your Face Before Me3:24
A7Can't We Be Friends?2:48
A8When Your Lover Has Gone3:10
B1What Is This Thing Called Love2:35
B2Last Night When We Were Young3:17
B3I'll Be Around2:59
B4Ill Wind3:46
B5It Never Entered My Mind2:42
B6Dancing on the Ceiling2:57
B7I'll Never Be the Same3:05
B8This Love of Mine3:33

Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours (1955)

Having grown up in the era where the songwriter part of the singer/songwriter is what brings respect, it is difficult for me to really like someone like Sinatra, who is a performer singing other people's songs and compositions.

Then I realised I'd done the same thing with Ray Charles and really enjoyed him, so now I just blame Sinatra. Big reputation, this doesn't show me why.

This is a looooong (ok well, it felt long) collection of melancholy, sad love songs, sung by Sinatra, arranged by Nelson Riddle. The problem is that every single track has the exact same feel and the exact same vocal performance and the exact same...well you get the idea. As everyone probably figured out when I reviewed Time Out, I HATE background music and yet this is all this is.

It's not that it's particularly bad or unpleasant, but it drags and drags relentlessly without offering much of substance. I don't get any genuine feelings of sadness in his voice - I get 'entertainer pretending to be sad'.

I guess some music isn't quite as timeless for

Score - 5/10

Recommended - No


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