Paul Anka

What can you say about an artist who decides to record the hit song "Mr. Brightside" Vegas style? It most certainly is different and Paul Anka is taking a risk, which is neat to see so deep into a career. I have to wonder, however, who he is expecting to buy this album? I guess those of a certain age who really wouldn't know the song or who The Killers are. For me, it certainly will take some getting used to. The songs that Anka has chosen seem like they are from leftfield as he covers Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time", Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" and Foreigner's "Waiting For a Girl Like You" amongst others. A diverse bunch from several different decades and some work some don't. He is trying though. There are also two duets of his own songs with protégé Michael Buble and Jon Bon Jovi. He most certainly, after 50 years in the business and recording 120 albums, has a sizable fan base so I am sure that the album will do well. I'm just not sure that I can swallow the idea that all songs can be rearranged and played by a big band accompanied by a vocalist.

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