Hughie Mac takes you back in time with his cover album Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Part 4. Over the course of 23 songs Mac transports you to a dimly lit lounge in a bygone era. Mac’s album is full of familiar favorites like Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” and “Fly Me to the Moon,” along with Nat King Cole’s “Orange Colored Sky” (to name a few). Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Part 4 asks listeners to sit back, relax, and fall back in love with Big Band era music.
There is an inherent ease that penetrates every song on Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Part 4. While 23 tracks may seem like a lot to some, I found myself wishing there was a 24th song to kick back to. Mac excels in creating an easy going atmosphere from start to finish. The production of each track is a stand out trait for Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Part 4. Mac keeps his vocals as the focal point of each song, much like the original versions of each song. He also makes sure the melodies and instrumentals are prominent.
Mac’s baritone voice is the key element that makes you feel like you’re traveling back in time. When he croons to you on “New York New York” or goes Country on “Two Pina Coladas” you feel like you’re in the room with him. Mac is able to keep the magic of these beloved songs by keeping them close to their roots. There isn’t much fanfare or a change in the sound to match his style of singing. The fact that Hughie Mac has a voice that is well suited for genre’s like Country and renditions of the classics is what makes this album so warm hearted. There is an earnest sense of respect, admiration, and love for every song that is featured on Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Part 4. The album’s track list is curated well, each song flows effortlessly into the next. You can go from a Sinatra classic to a Jimmy Buffett song and hardly notice the change in genre. It’s this ease that is so vibrant and refreshing on Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Part 4 that is hard to find in most albums, let alone cover albums.
Mac’s voice keeps the album grounded and exciting. I couldn’t help but sway when “My Way” came on, Mac’s vocals are strong and steady on this track. There is an emotional rawness and confidence that blew me away upon listening. Mac’s voice has a naturally worn in feeling to it that makes a song that’s about reflecting on life how you want, so powerful. “My Way” elicited another emotional visual for me of being in a dimly lit bar, showroom, or lounge listening to Mac croon to me. Music that can transport me into an era I was never in is a powerful and rare quality in a musician. Hughie Mac isn’t going after nostalgia, his covers sound like they could be the real thing.
If you are in the mood for some classics to unwind to you cannot miss Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Part 4. Mac makes sure you remember how rich and velvety music can be and how much it can inspire creativity. If you’re ready to fall back in love with the classics and with Mac’s robust voice then sit back and relax to Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Part 4.
Julie Blankenship, posted by Cleopatra Patel