I don't think so.
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First off there's more to Frank then his voice. No one ever has had the phrasing of Frank. I think that was key. His timing was impeccable. He worked with arranges that worked with him. He was a prick and a bully we all know that he wasn't easy, but the proof was in the pudding. Him and Ella were one of a kind. I wish I could say the is another but that would be a lie.
The kid shows some promise, he has a good tonality to his voice. He needs to develop more emotion and hopefully as he ages he doesn't lose what he has now. As we age our voice changes and he may just be in a short window of the best he has to offer or he may just be getting started. I saw the kid with the Johnny Cash voice and he was very good and a deep voice for a kid that age, but again will it gain or lose with age. I can't tell you all the things I have lost with age.....mostly because I can't remember what it was I had! But the next Sinatra or Cash? No, we only got one of each. But they could make a living as impersonators, look at all the Elvis impersonators that make or supplement a living.
No I certainly think not, and wouldn't it be nice if people just stopped with the, could this be the next "you fill in the blank". There will never be another Frank Sinatra, he was a legend and will always be with me. I hear this all the time in sports too, here is a clue for all of you that always look for the next "whoever" Babe Ruth,Mickey Mantle, Joe Dimaggio, Gordie Howe, Joe Montana, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix will never be replaced, they were who they were. When Frank Sinatra hit the scene did people say "hey this Frank Sinatra kid, he is going to be the next "you fill in the blank again", no I don't think so. There now I feel better, where are those meds??
Who said it showcased Sinatra's talent? I agree, though, that Sinatra had many other songs which would better showcase his talent. I can think of eleven on my favorite list:
1. I've Got You Under My Skin
2. Strangers in the Night
3. That's Life
4. Fly Me to the Moon
5. Come Fly with Me
6. My Way
7. The Way You Look Tonight
8. Theme from New York New York
10.Night and Day
I'll concede I hear a little bit of Sinatra not that he reminds me in any way to Sinatra but beyond that....
His rendition of this classic is purely karaoke.
His singing is very strident, no real emotion or connection, at least I didn't feel connected in any way. I really don't get that he has any real talent to go beyond where he is. He can sing reasonably well, thats all. Listen to Judy Garland at 15 or Christine Aguliera at 11, now thats talent!
I'm not even sure he would make it to Hollywood on American Idol. Another Sinatra? There will never be another Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Houston, Vaughn, Cole, Cash. It they are ever so great to be in the company of the above they will be known as who they are and not compared to anyone as DWR notes.
At least Harry Connick Jr. can really play piano!
P.S. I listened to the Sinatra version at 38. It make the above case readily apparent doesn't it?
My wife, who is an amateur singer thought my above assessment was a bit too harsh. She thought the kid really has a nice voice. When I had her listen to the Sinatra version at 38 she was emphatic in stating what are you going to do, compare a 38 year old professional to a 16 year old that probably doesn't have the vocal training, the producers and the benefits that an established professional has. She likes the kid and her assessment is without the influence of this thread. Maybe she has a point.
Perhaps I was overly harsh too. I guess it hit a little nerve with me. Certain iconic figures, ranging from Hitler to Jordan are used too frequently for comparisons, IMO. There are probably many established singers that Sherod could have used that wouldnt have received such a negative response. But when one compares anybody to Sinatra or Jordan or Einstein, that person needs to be something very special right now. I dont expect the boy to perform with Sinatras maturity, but I need to see some indication, in his style and connection to the music, that he is on the road.
I'm thinking that maybe I should have started this thread with something like, "Check out this youtube of a 16-year old kid with a Sinatra-esque voice". Maybe I wouldn't have been hammered as much myself. Even insinuating that he could be the "next" Sinatra certainly ruffled a lot of feathers. I also agree that there never will be another Sinatra. Sorry, this wasn't my intention. By the way, this youtube has gone viral and the kid has just completed his first album.
Keithr, I hear you but haven't you noticed a pretty tough crowd hang out in this neck of the woods. Some of us were pretty hard on the boy for sure but I suspect as Sherod himself noted the title more than the talent of the lad was the cause for the backlash. in retrospect I was indeed over the top with my critique.