Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Paul Anka - Rock Swings

Paul Anka - Rock Swings
4.0 out of 5 stars

Pop vocalist Paul Anka is no stranger to a good show tune here or there. In the 1950s the Canadian sensation was a teen idol to many and today is notable for penning many a hit for such artists as Buddy Holly, Donny Osmond and Tom Jones to name only a few. He also wrote the theme to the Tonight Show, a song millions of Americans heard nightly for 30 years.

Combining his nearly half-decade long experience in American show business with his acute instincts for "good music," Anka is back in 2005 with his very own album showcasing favorite American rock hits. Known as Rock Swings, the cover disc was first featured in Rolling Stone several issues ago. While that music publication claims Rock Swings is "far less annoying than a Cherry Poppin' Daddies record," it is certainly deserving of much better praise. Sure, such swing renditions of songs like Bon Jovi's 'It's My Life' and Van Halen's 'Jump' are saucy Las Vegas rip-offs. But tunes such as Oasis's 'Wonderwall' and Lionel Richie's 'Hello' illustrate the versatility and inherent greatness of a truly good song.

For someone who needs a Nirvana fix, but wishes to maintain his aura of sophistication in front of a hot date, Rock Swings is for him. For the manic-depressive who wants to hear some Soundgarden without being pushed over the edge, Rock Swings is for him too. Hell, when you think about it, Rock Swings is for anybody who appreciates music for music's sake.

God Bless Rock Swings, and God Bless Paul Anka.

Track Listing:
1. It's My Life
2. True
3. Eye of the Tiger
4. Everybody Hurts
5. Wonderwall
6. Blackhole Sun
7. It's a Sin
8. Jump
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit
10. Hello
11. Eyes Without a Face
12. Lovecats
13. Way You Make Me Feel
14. Tears in Heaven

Paul Anka - Rock Swings torrent file

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

now someone finally has some class in reviewing music! reverence for music that lasts is a rare feat for anyone in today's generation and shows a lack of anxiety and angst in life. paul anka, like frank sinatra, has stood the test of time and deserves something as good as this review. god bless the child who's got his own! (blood, sweat, and tears)