After Hours (Bonus Tracks)
by Glenn Frey
Released: May 2012
Though After Hours isn't comprised of standards exclusively (Brian Wilson's "Caroline, No" is decidedly nonstandard, for example), Frey does channel his inner Michael Bublé on this collection of cocktail pop. The thought of the guy who sang "Take It Easy" tackling the Great American Songbook is odd. Then again, the album echoes Linda Ronstadt's What's New and Lush Life (both of which defined the hippie-gone-jazz template). Frey doesn't possess her skill and range, but that doesn't prevent him from achieving a subtle charm on tunes such as "Here's To Life" and "The Shadow of Your Smile."
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