Glenn Frey, original band member of legendary rock band The Eagles, is taking a new direction in this new CD release titled 'After Hours'. It's his 6th solo album : has recorded 14 classic love songs from the 40s to present (cover versions of Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Tony Bennet, Nat King Cole & Dinah Washington for example). It's a fantastic classical/jazz music presentation of these songs by Glenn Frey. My favourite track is Brian Wilson's "Caroline, No" : wonderful guitar, melody & vocals. Other stand-outs/gems/solid tracks include "For Sentimental Reasons", "My Buddy", "The Good Life", "The Shadow Of Your Smile" (slow-tempo track with a beautiful piano & 'jazzy-sweepy' drums), "It's Too Soon To Know" (great saxophone), "Worried Mind" (countryish-jazzy/classical track), "I Wanna Be Around" (great Gibson guitar work) & "After Hours" (title track with wonderful piano & 'sweepy' drums). Great tracks include "Route 66" (up-tempo bluesy/countryish track), "Here's To Life", "The Look Of Love" (pop-ish track, great duet) & Randy Newman's "Same Girl" (orchestral sound with broadway/cabaret vocals). There is no weak track or CD filler in this CD.
On overall, Glenn Frey is excellent in covering classic love songs (in a jazzy/classical form, his first in his solo projects). It's his first CD release since 1995 : a well deserved 5 star performance & a highly recommended CD listening!