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Shadows in the Night—Bob Dylan does Frank Sinatra

Issue No. 2440

For his 36th studio album, Bob Dylan has recorded a compilation of seemingly unlikely songs. 

All the tracks on the album were written or recorded by Frank Sinatra. 

The album begins with a rendition of I’m a Fool to Want You, and also includes an interesting version of Stay With Me. 

Dylan’s rendition is both minimalist and haunting, The steel guitar provides a soothing backdrop to a gentle electric guitar.  

His soft vocals are also surprising. It’s certainly not the rasping sound of the likes of 1964 Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.

Its soft and tonal qualities hark back to an even earlier period in his career. 

It manages a hard ask, successfully blending Dylan’s sound with the songs of Frank Sinatra.  

Shadows in the Night is an unexpected but pleasant surprise.

Tomáš Tengely-Evans

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Tue 10 Feb 2015, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2440
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