Last time Paul Anka put out a covers album, we sorta went bonkers over it. Ankaman’s croon and those horny arrangements reimagining Soundgarden/Oasis/R.E.M./Nirvana/The Cure as swing tunes somehow added up to perfect road-trip music. In fact, you should get it.
Last time the tracklist had our demographic in mind, making it easy to appreciate the ironic shmaltz. Second time around, though, it’s mostly just schmaltz (Bryan Adams, Daniel Powter, etc.) Still, Paul’s new platter isn’t without glorious moments of swingin’ lipsmacking silliness. Consider his take on “Mr. Brightside” as our case in chief on that one. Actually, the lyrics are perfect for what Anka’s going for; “Destiny is calling me” soars over show-tune horn charts built for Vegas — which makes sense if you think about it. But don’t think about it. Just download and make your friends giggle.
Classic Songs My Way is out 8/28 on Decca. Check the tracklist:
01 “Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)
02 “Get Here” (Oleta Adams)
03 “Mr. Brightside” (The Killers)
04 “Waiting For A Girl Like You” (Foreigner)
05 “Ordinary World” (Duran Duran)
06 “Heaven” (Bryan Adams)
07 “Bad Day” (Daniel Powter)
08 “I Go To Extremes” (Billy Joel)
09 “Both Sides Now” (Joni MItchell)
10 “(You Are My) Destiny” (Paul Anka w/ Michael Buble)
11 “Walking In Memphis” (Marc Cohn)
12 “Against The Wind” (Bob Seger)
13 “My Way” (Anka duet)