x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Glenn Frey's After Hours is a cheerful covers album

The Eagles member releases first solo album in 17 years.

Glenn Frey After Hours (Universal Music)

It seems to be a trend these days: music veterans turning back the clock to do covers of influential pop standards. Paul McCartney recently released Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of covers from the 1940s and 1950s. Rod Stewart's career found new life when he covered the Great American Songbook, while Michael Bublé slyly built his career singing tunes by dead legends. The latest musician tipping his hat to the past is the Eagles' guitarist Glenn Frey, with his latest release After Hours, his first solo album in 17 years. Frey's focus on vibe rather than interpretation pays off. The title of the album is no mistake - this smooth collection of love songs (from the 1940s to the present) is tailor-made to unwind with after a long day's work. He croons his way through Brian Wilson's Caroline, No and Randy Newman's Same Girl. Frey does work up a sweat - albeit slightly - in the American standard Route 66, while he swoons effortlessly in My Buddy. He may not be the most popular Eagle, but After Hours proves Frey can soar on his own.

* Saeed Saeed