My Albums of the Week #2: Frank Sinatra, Imagine Dragons & Jacky Terrasson

I would consider myself an “albums guy” and my taste in music is very varied. In this new feature, I list the albums that I listened to most intensely during the week. The list will include albums old and new, and the number of albums listened to every week will most likely vary on a week-to-week basis.

Frank Sinatra, The Voice of Frank Sinatra (1946, Columbia)

TRACKLIST (favorite tracks underlined): 1 – You Go To My Head; 2 – Someone to Watch Over Me; 3 – These Foolish Things; 4 – Why Shouldn’t I?; 5 – I Don’t Know Why I Just Do; 6 – Try a Little Tenderness; 7 – (I Don’t Stand) a Ghost of a Chance; 8 – Paradise.

Frank Sinatra’s first album. He really sings these ’20s and ’30s tunes like he means it. Axel Stordahl’s string quartet may seem a little too saccharine but it’s easy to eventually be charmed by it.

Imagine Dragons, Origins (2018, Kidinakorner/Polydor/Interscope)

TRACKLIST (Favorite songs underlines): 1 – Natural; 2 – Boomerang; 3 – Machine; 4 – Cool Out; 5 – Bad Liar; 6 – West Coast; 7 – Zero; 8 – Bullet in a Gun; 9 – Digital; 10 – Only; 11 – Stuck; 12 – Love.

Whether you like this album or not will depend on the level to which you appreciate arena rock. Even then, there don’t seem to be enough songs with any proper songwriting weight to account of a 12-track program.

Jacky Terrasson, Reach (Blue Note, 1995)

TRACKLIST (Favorite tracks underlined): 1 – I Should Care; 2 – The Rat Race; 3 – Baby Plum; 4 – (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons; 5 – Reach – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Reach; 6 – Happy Man; 7 – First Affair; 8 – Just One of Those Things; 9 – All My Life.

A young Jacky Terrasson stretching out on his piano within a traditional trio format. Quite creative blend of jazz tradition and modern sensibilities.

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