ALBUM REVIEW : SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT
ARTIST : BOB DYLAN
GENRE : TRADITIONAL POP
DATE RELEASED : 2015
If you still think of Bob Dylan as more of a folk singer instead of a multi-talented artist then you must listen to this record. Shadows in The Night is his 36th album in his entire career and is a an album loaded with Frank Sinatra classics. Indeed, this is a surprise but for Bob Dylan loyal fans this is not surprising considering that some of his songs were also covered other artists. However, it is a misnomer to label the album as tribute album or album of Frank Sinatra covers as the songs in this record were written as far as 1920’s; only that, Frank Sinatra sang these songs at one point in time.
You can say that it is very courageous of Bob Dylan to do these songs considering his vocal limitations; smoky, throaty, and low tone. Yet, he delivered the vocal performance the songs required. In fact, in “I’m A Fool To Want You,” he was more passionate vocally when compared against with that of Frank Sinatra’s version. He was very clever with song selection as there are no songs here that require vocal calisthenics from him. For example, in “Autumn Leaves” you will never guess that it was him singing about the falling leaves.
After listening to the whole album, you might think that he was quite restraint in this output. Actually, there was no restraint from him at all considering that he did not wrote all the songs in here, his vocal performance is quite sincere you can really feel the right emotions the songs want you to experience. Maybe it is due to age that Bob Dylan was able to pull off this album of standard pop covers.
I rate this record 4.5 stars out of 5 stars as I so love his take on “Some Enchanted Evening.”
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it