Sunday, October 5, 2008

Nice 'n' Easy?

Hardly. The album starts with the teaser title track, which does suggest the kind of breezy swing you get on Come Fly with Me. But the mood is overall contemplative, if not somber. Frank's deepening and darkening voice pulls against Nelson Riddle's somewhat brighter arrangements, and the result is, well, among the best of the Capitol albums. Which is to say one of the great pop albums ever recorded.

The bonus tracks on the CD version are mostly hard to argue with: The Nearness of You, Someone to Watch Over Me, My One and Only Love... beautiful songs sung by the master. The exception is Day In-Day Out, an overblown mood-breaker here. You can program over that one.

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