Monday, August 2, 2010

100 Favorite Albums: “Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely”


**** out of *****

Although I thoroughly enjoy Come Dance with Me and Songs for Swingin’ Lovers this album is by far the best of the “concept albums” Sinatra released for Capital Records and made a lasting impact on the concept of an LP album as its own art form. Longtime collaborator Nelson Riddle is huge on this record, his lush arrangements set the melancholy tone and Sinatra sounds defeated, reflective and resentful simultaneously. This LP is best listened to alone on headphones while walking at night downtown and should be punctuated by hard alcohol of some kind. 

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