Bob Dylan's latest album, Shadows In The Night, could have been called Bob Dylan Sings Sinatra because as far as I can tell every one of these songs was either written by Frank Sinatra or was made famous by Frank Sinatra. The arrangements sound like they are straight out of the 50's night-club era "american songbook style" which these days sounds pleasantly old-fashioned. As you might expect from covering Frank Sinatra, the delivery is classic crooning; a little bit slow, a little bit mumbly, a little bit boozy, a little bit strained. In other words, perfect for Bob Dylan's singing style.
I'm adding "I'm A Fool To Want You," "The Night We Called It A Day," and "Why Try To Change Me Now" to rotation.
- "I'm A Fool To Want You" is featured on Americana Music Show #231.
Preview Shadows In The Night by Bob Dylan on Amazon.
From the press release:
Upon Columbia’s announcement of the album’s forthcoming release, Bob Dylan commented, “It was a real privilege to make this album. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That’s the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded. I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way. They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”
As Columbia Records Chairman Rob Stringer explains, “There are no strings, obvious horns, background vocals or other such devices often found on albums that feature standard ballads. Instead, Bob has managed to find a way to infuse these songs with new life and contemporary relevance. It is a brilliant record and we are extremely excited to be presenting it to the world very soon.”