Τα  γενέθλια του είχε ο μεγάλος Bob Dylan στις 24 Μαΐου έγινε 75 ετών και  κυκλοφόρησε το καινούργιο άλμπουμ του, το 37ο(!) στη δισκογραφία του, με τίτλο “Fallen Angels” . Η ιδιαιτερότητα του είναι ότι και τα 12 τραγούδια του είναι διασκευές τραγούδια που έγραψαν μερικοί από τους σημαντικότερους τραγουδοποιούς της Αμερικάνικης μουσικής όπως οι Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn και Carolyn Leigh.

Ακολουθεί το track list του Fallen Angels.
    "Young at Heart" 
Johnny Richards, Carolyn Leigh
2.    "Maybe You’ll Be There" 
Rube Bloom, Sammy Gallop
3.    "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" 
Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
4.    "All the Way" 
Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn
5.    "Skylark" 
Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer
6.    "Nevertheless" 
Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar
7.    "All or Nothing at All" 
Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence
8.    "On a Little Street in Singapore" 
Peter DeRose, Billy Hill
9.    "It Had to Be You" 
Isham Jones, Gus Kahn
10.    "Melancholy Mood"      Walter Schumann, Vick R. Knight, Sr.    2:53
11.    "That Old Black Magic" 
Harold Arlen, Mercer
12.    "Come Rain or Come Shine" 
Arlen, Mercer    2:37

Διαβάστε τι έγραψε ο ξένος τύπος για το “Fallen Angels”

Dylan, who also produced under his pseudonym Jack Frost, immediately liberates songs from the big band/big orchestra world from which they emerged, and in which they are most frequently revisited…. Dylan reaches to the blues at the core of many of these songs. Thus, they elicit the ache of romantic yearning and loss that often gets subsumed by swelling orchestral forces, background choirs or by singers who are more focused on crafting elegant vocals than finding emotional resonance.
Los Angeles Times – Randy Lewis

“[Dylan’s] phrasing remains spectacular, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious, and the playing is sublime.”
Rolling Stone – Will Hermes

Bob Dylan is a great singer….  His skill has always been in connection, in expression, in using his voice to capture the essence of the song he is singing.  And with Fallen Angels…Dylan shows how his connection to these songs and to his fans has only grown stronger….Fallen Angels is so well-crafted, the impressive work of a great singer.
Newsday – Glenn Gamboa

Dylan alights on these words with a wry delicacy…Tellingly, he delivers these songs of love lost and cherished not with a burning passion but with the wistfulness of experience. They’re memory songs now, intoned with a present sense of commitment….Standards likes these and Dylan¹s own songs now stand as equal American totems.
Entertainment Weekly – Jim Farber

Like Sinatra — Dylan’s always had a knockout knack for putting a lyric across. Whether whispering into your ear in the jingle jangle morning (he wrote most of his own songs at dawn) or snarling at you from the street corner, he made every word matter….Now he inhabits classic lines by songwriters like Johnny Mercer with weathered ease….These recordings have the relaxed intimacy of a band alone, playing on long after the engineer has set the levels.
The Telegraph - Helen Brown

Dylan digs back into the treasure trove that is the American songbook. The focus here is generally on breezier fare….There is a loose, playful quality to much of the singing here, and to the tracks, which Dylan produced under his nom de studio, Jack Frost. ….This is what a seasoned performer can do with words and music, whether his own or someone else's. Dylan deserves thanks for reminding us of that, again.
USA Today – Elysa Gardner

Dylan highlights the art of crooning, commanding the prettiest version of his multi-faceted, distinctive voice. This album is not a trifle; in some instances, these might well be newly definitive recordings of the songs. Fallen Angels is a hazy, laid-back history lesson with as many enigmatic twists and turns as a classic double-cross caper. It subverts archetypes of romance, heroism and interpersonal connection to reveal something more sinister about human intent, all packaged in beautiful musicianship of the highest order.
NOW – Vish Khanna

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