Artist: Glenn Frey
Album: After Hours
It has been almost twenty years since Glenn Frey released his last solo album but this week sees him return with his new record After Hours.
And this time around The Eagles guitarist plays homage to the love songs that he has for so long admired as he follows in the footsteps of the likes of Rod Stewart who have had huge success with cover albums.
This is a laid back, chilled out kind of album that has a jazz theme that runs throughout that suits Frey’s voice perfectly.
This is a different sound to what we are use to hearing from him has he adapts his voice to more piano songs than guitar songs - he admits himself that this was one of the biggest challenges; but it really has worked out well.
For Sentimental Reasons from the 1940s is the opening track on the record and it is a great piano track that very much sets the tone for the album.
He moves through the decades as he covers tracks from Johnny Mandel and Deborah Chessler before tackling tracks from his contemporaries.
Caroline, No shows the power and delicacy of Frey’s voice as he moves away from the jazz based sound that is present for much of the album to a more melancholy sound. The guitar is mixed well with drums and strings and it really is a great track.
He gives the album more of a country feel with Worried Mind in what is a great string and piano based track, the piano solo in the middle works really well.
Frey has been incredibly faithful to the original recordings but he really has caught the feel and the sound of some great eras with these new recordings.
Frey is on top form vocally as he silky smooth voice really does fit the laid back and jazz sounding songs and he brings these older tracks to a new generation.
Glenn Frey - After Hours is out now
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