First off, forget all you know about Bob Dylan over the last two decades. His new studio album (his 36th) is a set of American Songbook standards made famous by Frank Sinatra. Not one of ten songs that appear on the album was written by Dylan, but the way Dylan approached the song's arrangements, has turned these old-fashion gems into Bob Dylan classics. Every song was recorded live, with the band together in only one or two takes with no overdubbing. This is also the best that Dylan's voice has sounded on a studio album in almost 25 years.
The new release entitled "Shadows In The Night" begins with gentle flow of the mysterious "I'm A Fool To Want You" as you instantly feel the passion in Dylan's vocals as he can't hide behind a 30-piece orchestra on these recordings. As if there was more reason to consider him the greatest performer of all-time, Dylan's rendition of "The Night We Called It A Day" is pure magic as his band follows his lead perfectly. The album never strays from the subtle delivery of these songs, including the mellow "Autumn Leaves" and "Why Try To Change Me Now," but Dylan seems to enjoy this new avenue as displayed in his delivery of "Some Enchanted Evening." The album finishes with the slow jaunt of "What'll I Do" and "That Lucky Old Sun," the one song that was (written by Beasley Smith and Haven Gillespie) tailor-made for Dylan to perform at least once in his lifetime.
Bob Dylan's new studio album "Shadows In The Night" is to be released on February 3rd. To find out more about this new release, please visit bobdylan.com.