ALBUM TITLE : FALLEN ANGELS
ARTIST : BOB DYLAN
GENRE : TRADITIONAL POP
DATE RELEASED : 2016
There is nothing wrong with raiding the American Songbook or the great catalogues of past singing superstars. But, if you are Bob Dylan, you can only shake your head and try to convince yourself that it is a good thing for him. Personally, I believe that this is a regression on his part considering that he is one of the most gifted songwriters of all times and he should continue sharing this gift. It is a sin indeed when Madonna is still shoving her ego and personal drama in her latest albums while Bob Dylan is singing other people’s songs when listeners were already pestered with different version from other singers as well and of course their own karaoke version.
Here is an audio sample of “All The Way” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPuyT6EtRQ0
The album is not bad at all if the songs that he covered in this album are songs somewhat similar to what he is known for. But, you find it repulsive when he sings “Young At Heart.” Clearly, you could not imagine him being that romantic at this stage and age. Even if he merge his own style and big band music background like he did in “It Had To Be You,” there is a certain failure as his smoky voice did not give the kind of romantic illusion he might have desired when singing this song. In “All The Way,” he uncannily delivered the song as if he was pretending that he were Frank Sinatra.
Here is an audio sample of “Melancholy Mood” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2xBaX5awlc
It is in songs like “Melancholy Mood, ” “Skylark,” and “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” that he succeeds; proving that he somewhat erred with song selection. But, despite these missteps, you can say that the album is quite a guilty pleasure and somehow the album will grow on you.
With that I rate this record, 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.
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