• [1] Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours (1955)

    Apr 2 2008, 20:01 di Llorenza

    Good thing Frank Sinatra is so popular: it only takes a small walk to the library 100 meters from my door to find this album. I guess it won’t be that easy for the other albums… Frank Sinatra is listed in the “Popular music”-category, and that is actually also the idea I have of him. He made the kind of music your grandparents listen to: nice but a little dated. It’s great to sing along with ‘New York New York’ and ‘Strangers in the night’, but when you listen to his best of album you’ve about heard it… Right?

    Wrong of course! This album proves to all those big-headed “youngsters” like me, who think that better music is made in the present, that a 50 year old album can still be worth listening to. I read somewhere that this album was one of the first concept albums, and so it is. During the whole album, 16 songs, 50 minutes, there is only one theme: a broken heart (the album was made after Sinatra’s break-up with Ava Gardner). And damn, that leads to an astoundingly beautiful album. …