Marc Weingarten
December 18, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Manilow Sings Sinatra

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Barry Manilow
Producers
Arista
genre
Pop
We gave it a D

A few interesting song choices aside, Barry Manilow’s schmaltzy takes on a dozen Sinatra standards (plus two icky new originals) sound more like a monumental ego trip than a heartfelt tribute. Manilow is a sincere but hopelessly shallow interpreter on Manilow Sings Sinatra, lacking the subtlety and nuance that balanced the Chairman’s larger-than-life persona, and his one-dimensional readings mainly remind us what a singular talent Sinatra was. D

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