Anka | Rock Swings
a radio bobo-k music cd review
it worked so well for Pat Boone (note the sarcasm) Paul Anka swings to
the "new standards". What makes this so bad its good, unlike Boone's
CD which was just bad, is that Anka actually takes this seriously! He's not making
personal appearances with Ozzy Osbourne while clad in leather - he's absolutely
serious! And, god help me, this album is infectious.
Swings features Anka singing full out swing versions of pop and rock tracks, complete
with Sinatra-style arrangements. Anka almost out Sinatras-Sinatra, even "shouts
out" to Frank on Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" - singing "Frank
says I did it my way".
friend, who turned me onto this CD claims that he had to listen to "Smells
Like Teen Spirit" nine times in a row, he couldn't believe it. I had to put
"Jump" on repeat, if for no other reason that you know that somewhere
Diamond Dave (who himself tried the rock lounge lizard thing with some of his
solo albums) is kicking himself for not thinking of this first. When the hepkat
background vocalists shout "jump" after Anka says "Might as well
jump", I can't help but giggle!
bet if someone were to tell Anka what some of the songs really mean ("Wonderwall"
for example"), he might have thought twice about covering them. I wonder
whose warped mind came up with the track selection, ranging from The Cure's "Love
Cats", to Soundgarden's "Blackhole Sun" and Spandau Ballet's "True"(hey
wasn't that a loungy throwback song in the 80s?).
musicians on this recording are flawless, the arrangements are quite good, and
Anka really does the best Frank impression I've heard in quite some time. It's
like sonic crack - you know it'll rot your brain, yet for some inexplicable reason,
you want more.
1. It's My Life
3. Eye of the Tiger
6. Blackhole Sun
7. It's a Sin
Like Teen Spirit
11. Eyes Without a Face
The Way You Make Me Feel
14. Tears in Heaven