Andrew and Swingerhead
Destination Moon and
Michael Andrew Pays Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Andrew has had a busy year. In between shuttling back
and forth between Orlando, Florida, and Merv Griffin's
Coconut Club in southern California every week, the Swingerhead
front man managed to put together two new albums: Destination
Moon and Michael Andrew Pays Tribute to Frank Sinatra.
The former presents the crooner in the types of modern
big band arrangements we're accustomed to hearing him
in, whereas the latter offers Andrew's rawer renditions
of the Chairman's best.
Moon is a long awaited follow up to Swingerhead's
1998 hit record She Could Be A Spy. Comprised mainly
of covers except for two bonus tracks, the album features
Andrew's smooth, Bobby Darin style crooning over the familiar
horn arrangements of Swingerhead. The songs that grab
your ear most are the classics "Angel Eyes,"
"That Old Black Magic," "Blue Moon,"
and "Fly Me To The Moon," as well as the highly
danceable "Papa Loves Mambo." The bonus tracks
are the "swoungy" Swingerhead original, "Hey
Baby, I'm Home," and the tiki-rockin' "It's
My Bachelor Pad."
Michael Andrew Pays Tribute To Frank Sinatra, the
modern-day crooner offers his renditions of 17 songs that
Old Blue Eyes made famous. The pace of Tribute often jumps
abruptly from faster, Billy May-style big band numbers
to slow love songs. This could be easily solved by better
track placement, but the songs themselves aren't too effected.
All of Sinatra's best know hits are covered here, from
"Come Fly With Me" to "Night and Day,"
"Summer Wind," and more. The classic "I'll
Never Smile Again" is presented as if it were an
old record playing on your turntable, including static
pops, while "All of Me" boasts a clear and strong
horn-heavy orchestral arrangement.
there's Andrew's rendition of "My Way," which
begs the question, "What was he thinking?" The
Beatles meets Neal Diamond meets *NSYNC arrangement is
nothing short of jarring next to the classic renditions
of the Chairman's hits. Andrew adds wailing guitar leads
and that annoying voice "vocoder" that Cher
has used a bit too much. On an otherwise solid tribute
album, this is the one big miss. But in signature Michael
Andrew fashion, he did it his way.