Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What we've been listening to - Frank Sinatra and AC/DC.

"Huh???" you say, just what is going on here, Frank and AC/DC on the same post?
There can't be a connection besides someone with perhaps an eclectic, odd or strange [I've been called worse!] variety of taste in music listening to these CDs can there? Actually I think there is a commonality between the two in that they both are superb examples of their styles of music.

Sinatra's lovely, ballads evoke smoke filled bars, loneliness, love lost and late night desolation. From the first song, the mood setting title track, Sinatra pulls off one of the earliest artistic attempts of an album of thematically links songs, wonderfully executed and with the classic cover that all helped cement Sinatra's "saloon singer" persona. Ended a relationship? Time to sip a drink and share your misery with Frank, he understands.

AC/DC on the other hand is about as subtle as a punch in the face. Catchy, crunchy [and yes loud] songs featuring the trademark guitar work of the Young brothers and the raspy, growls of then new vocalist Brian Johnson, Back in Black remains one of the primary examples of headbanging, hard rock at its best. This CD features a number of well known songs and baseball fans will recognize the opening track's [Hells Bells] beginning from its bell clanging portrait of doom when their great relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman enters the game to bring doom to the opposing team.

Frank Sinatra's "In the Wee Small Hours" and AC/DC's "Back in Black" are both great CDs and worth revisiting again or listening to for the first time.

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