7 out of 10
Who doesn’t love Frank? Seriously, who out there doesn’t like at least a little Frank Sinatra? If you don’t, you probably haven’t really listened to him. And if you haven’t ever sat down and really listened to Mr. Sinatra then do yourself a favor and grab a CD of his and sit down and find out for yourself what all the hub bub is about.
When I first heard about SIN-atra the rock/metal tribute to Frank Sinatra I was very excited. I thought it was a great idea. And when I heard all the names attached to the project, I was even more excited to hear the album.
Upon hearing the album I was surprised and disappointed at the same time. Some of it worked, but most of it kind of left me scratching my head.
You have one of the greatest song writers of a generation, one of the most popular singers of all time supplying the material, then you have such great voices like Glenn Hughes, Geoff Tate, Time Owens, Eric Martin, and Dee Snider to belt out the great tunes. How could this go wrong?
There are two schools of thought about doing covers. One is to make the song ‘your own’ and change it up a little or a lot. The second school of thought is to stay true to the song and redo it note for note. Both are valid, but I have found that when a band or artist ‘reinterprets’ a song, it is usually to the detriment of the song. Just my opinion, but that’s why you’re reading this, to get my opinion.
The artists on SIN-atra have for the most part taken the songs and put their own touches on them. For the most part the songs are recognizable as the originals, but the arrangements and vocals throw a new spin on old classics. Some work, sadly for me, most didn’t.
The stand outs for me were Dee Snider’s It Was A Very Good Year (for the simple balls out vocal performance), Jani Lane’s That’s Life (last song on the disc, and may just very well be the closest to the original, Kudos to Jani for a great performance here), and Dug Pinnick’s I’ve Got The World On A String (for another great vocal performance).
The best laughs were the over the top performances of Franky Perez’s High Hopes, Elias Soriano’s Love And Marriage, and the tripped out and possibly best song on the album Robin Zander’s Fly Me to The Moon. And when I say best laughs, I don’t mean they are so bad they are good, I mean they are so over the top they are good. Very tongue in cheek, nudge nudge, wink wink, and if you get it, you can enjoy the hell out of it.
I was disappointed in Geoff Tate’s Summerwind. The man has an amazing voice, but the arrangement of this song was flat and uninteresting. It was one of the most anticipated songs for me, and there for almost the most disappointing. But taking the cake was certainly Joey Belladonna’s Strangers In The Night. Completely out of his range, he should have picked a different song to perform. Just a completely horrid song. So bad it is bad. But… it wasn’t the worst cover I’d hear today… for that gem (or turd) you’ll have to read my review on Stryper’s new album The Covering.
Great attempt here, but a few too many misses to be a great album. The disc is worth picking up for Dee Snider, Robin Zander, Franky Perez, and Elias Soriano’s performances alone.
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