I’ve never been a Frank Sinatra fan. Maybe because his music always reminded me of my dad. Or maybe it’s because he always sounded to me like an old guy rapping.

But Dad’s been dead a long time, and the reissue of Frank’s past-his-prime 1970 album Watertown just came across my radar. And suddenly I can appreciate Sinatra’s craft, and his respect for the song. Watertown is Frank’s only concept album–about a guy from Watertown, New Jersey, whose wife leaves him and their two boys. It’s sad, but it’s incredibly powerful. I love this line: “If I knew then what I know now, I don’t believe I’d ever change…Somehow…”

This is an amazing album. If you’re like me and you have a bias against Frank, check it out. It’s nothing like what he’d done before.

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