Review: Rachel Brooke- “Late Night Lover”
There are certain records that should be listened to on those long nights when sleep refuses to come; the nights when the only antidote to your loneliness seems to be quiet, reflective songs and a comforting, understanding voice. These are albums that are best heard on vinyl. Not because music sounds better that way (although it does), but because the action of removing the record from the sleeve, placing it on the turntable and dropping the needle is somehow more natural than playing a cheap piece of digitally-encoded plastic that was probably made by child slaves in Asia somewhere. Frank Sinatra’s In the Wee Small Hours and Only the Lonely are certainly the yardsticks by which all subsequent albums of this nature are measured, but country music has had it’s fair share of classics as well. See Charlie Rich’s Behind Closed Doors, Willie’s Stardust, or any number of Jim Reeves albums.