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Good but not the classic some think
on 3 August 2010
Im probably in a minority but i really don't think "In the wee small hours" is the Sinatra classic some say it is. This is undoubtedly a special album but one that is more of a mood album than one that is lavished with classic songs. The vocals are excellent and Nelson Riddles arrangements are understated and natural but a lot of the songs on here lack any real melody or hook - unlike other great ballads Sinatra recorded over his career. There are some classics that stand out like the fantastic title track "Glad to be unhappy" "I see your face before me" and "I get along without you very well" Undoubted classics but many other songs cannot in fairness really be called great. If your down,or it's late at night the mood of the album will carry it and you through to the end but i'd much rather play far superior albums like "Point of no return" and "Only for the lonely"
If your after one of Sinatra's torch albums then pick up "Only for the lonely" by far the best of the 4 torch albums Sinatra recorded in the 50's
For the committed Sinatra fan this will always remain an essential album but casual fans might want to look elsewhere.