The legendary Bob Dylan has just released an album of Frank Sinatra standards. No one saw that one coming. Included on the record are such well-known songs as “Autumn Leaves,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Full Moon and Empty Arms,” which is based on Sergei Rachmaninoff ’s preposterously famous Second Piano Concerto. But there are also lots of somewhat less-famous tunes such as “Stay with Me” and “The Night We Called It a Day.”
Some people say the album is great, others that it’s awful. Some people say Mr. Dylan is just being his usual old, iconoclastic, unpredictable self, keeping American society on its toes. Nobody seems to think that Mr. Dylan’s voice is quite on a par with Sinatra’s. Even the dead Sinatra.