Frank Sinatra could make great melodramatic tunes at times. This album connects between the In The Wee Small Hours and No One Cares albums, in a stylistic sense. This is not the upbeat or cheerful side of Frank Sinatra, rather it is mostly the downbeat and melancholy side of him. Regardless, Frankie could make some great tunes, so let’s hear them and see what he had to sing about.
We begin with the title track Where Are You? which begins with a sad sounding string and musical section. Frank Sinatra sings deeply about love long lost, and does a great job at exhibiting heartbreak on this song. It’s a very sad listening experience, especially if this sort of music reminds you of someone you once loved. The king of crooners does marvelously here, and is in a league of his own. This is superb, and excellent listening, even if you are not unhappy on this topic yourself. A great vocal performance from Frank Sinatra, and a great listen.
Next is The Night We Called It A Day is a story about broken love that is metaphorically dead and buried. It is very sad and emotional listening, and Frank Sinatra and co. have made a piece perfect for a moment when one can burst into tears. Seriously excellent, it talks about the visual aspects of the weather as a metaphor for human emotion. Superb, and a great listen. Very melancholy indeed.
I Cover The Waterfront is next, which is an unusual song title for this sort of music, but nonetheless, is another very good listen. Singing deeply about love long lost, Frank Sinatra excels here fantastically in an emotional sense. In an era where rock music had not made a hugely major impact as yet, Frank Sinatra is a reminder of a totally different musical scene in the 1950s. He is a fantastic crooner type singer here, and the backing music perfectly matches him in songs such as these. Singing about a love to return back to oneself, Frank Sinatra does a great job here.
Maybe You’ll Be There comes next, and is about waiting in vain for a lover to return at some point in one’s life. A very sad imagery painted wonderfully by Frank Sinatra and the musical backing here, it is a sad reflection of loneliness and desperation for a lost lover in life. If this is for a specific purpose, it is for crying alone after a breakup. Otherwise, it is a great song and so far, a great album as well.
Next is Laura which, unusually, has a lady’s name in the title of this song. It begins with a sad and dramatic string section, before Frankie puts a great performance into this piece of music. If this is based on a real relationship that Frank Sinatra had with a lady lover, it must have taken a big psychological hurdle to deliver it. Still, another quality and excellent listening experience. With a lyrical twist to this piece, it is another good listen here.
Following is Lonely Town which begins with a good horn section and strings as well. Frank Sinatra then sings about the condition of loneliness than people can experience. It is a superb musical monument to such a feeling. The town itself is a broad term to refer to any particular location one can experience loneliness. A strong and sad musical statement, Frank Sinatra delivers wonderfully here. Whether in a town or a large city, one can experience loneliness in life, and this is a feeling excellent delivered here in a typical Frank crooner delivery. It finishes gently, a reminder of things as they are for some people across the world.
Autumn Leaves is next, beginning with a sweet string section, before Frank sings deeply about the falling leaves in autumn and feels a lonely winter approaching as love is gone. It is a superb listen, and is a heartfelt piece about missing a fun summer with an ex-lover. Great melodicism and delivery, as per usual.
I’m A Fool To Want You comes along next, and is another super good listen about a love that cannot exist in one’s life. It is great, and sounds fantastically delivered in all aspects of musical substance. With many reflective references to love troubles, Frank Sinatra pulls it all off with his superb vocal delivery here. He goes into a very intense and passionate performance throughout, and if you have been feeling like this before, it will tug away at your heartstrings. Excellent piece of music here for listening when the mood strikes.
Next is I Think Of You which is another similarly themed song which sounds classy with the instrumentation matching Frank’s vocal performance. This is top, Frank Sinatra puts in another great vocal performance about thinking deeply of a love that one once had. Frank sure knew how to deliver his vocals here, and the music and lyrics match this perfectly. Excellent listen on such a sad topic.
After that is Where Is The One? is a deep delivery of sadness and loneliness about where the one (i.e. lover) could be. Frank Sinatra delivers very wonderfully and superbly a song about hoping for the best in the future to find a lifelong love. A great piece about the loneliness than being single and isolated can cause, this is so well done it deserves attention and listening, as does the rest of this album. Top notch.
There’s No You comes next, and has some sad lyrical matter about being alone and lonely as winter approaches, without love to have. It is a reminder of happier times through distant memories. This music is very underrated and underappreciated, especially today in the RnB digital pop scene. Proof that the past had great music, too. Undeniably a good listen, and melancholy and sad all the same. Memories of warmer and happier moments are expressed here, just top notch music here.
Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home is a rather oddly named song for Frank Sinatra’s music, but still, is great quality and fits the mood of the album perfectly. It’s a good piece about begging a lost lover to return back into the arms of oneself. Interesting content, and something that one can listen to when sad and heartbroken. Good song, once again.
Next is I Can Read Between The Lines which is a great piece about getting the point of diminished love from a lover that exists. It sounds oddly upbeat by this point, the musical backing in particular. It is a reflection of what has become in a failed relationship, and not hiding such feelings anymore. Good song, although rather odd in this album to hear.
Following is It Worries Me is a sad feeling that an unhappy lover has been feeling that way due to a selfish action. Oddly enough, although this song is very good, it doesn’t seem to match the music here lyrically. Still, Frank Sinatra deserves legendary status for an album like this alone. A strong and very good listen, even if this sort of music is not hugely popular today. The finish of the song is excellent.
Rain (Falling From The Skies) is an imagery comparison to crying, complete with a sample of rain at the beginning and end of the track. One wonders how they managed to do so with the technology of the time. This is a good song once again, and just sounds solidly excellent. The lighter side of the music here indicates that perhaps this is following not just a theme in the album, but a proto-concept album feeling to it as well. This was ten years before The Beatles thought of that specific idea with Sgt. Pepper. Good listening regardless.
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me is the last track here, and has Frank realising (at least on this album and song) that one has to move on from hurt feelings and pain. An interesting twist to this album, it is noticeably more upbeat and poppy feeling. The backing band gets a very loud section where they play, before Frank Sinatra delivers a great finish to this song. Excellent way to conclude the album.
This is definitely one album to hear, not just for the sake of it, but in case that rainy day of love comes along and hurt and breakup is inevitable. This is a really top album by Frank Sinatra, the best male crooner of all time. Superb effort, and a must have in your collection.