Nancy Sinatra, her new self-titled album, is a series of collaborations between the legendary Nancy Sinatra & artists including Morrissey, Bono & The Edge, Pete Yorn, Steve Van Zandt, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), John Spencer (Blues Explosion), The Doves, & Calexico which have resulted in this album of guitar-based contemporary pop songs.
The late-'60s collaborations between Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
yielded plenty of brilliant songs and, lest we forget, the kitsch warhorse "These Boots Are Made For Walking." Now, with the help of artists that were inspired by those seminal recordings, we get Nancy Sinatra
. Here, the diva is paired up with a handful of contemporary songwriters and musicians, including Morrissey, Calexico, Pete Yorn, Thurston Moore, Jon Spencer, and others. The tunes vary stylistically with each track, but Sinatra herself sounds as good as ever. Calexico's "Burnin' Down the Spark" sounds like it was lifted from a Sergio Leone spaghetti western; Jon Spencer's "Ain't No Easy Way" is a bluesy honky tonk duet; and "Two Shots of Happy" (penned by U2's Bono and the Edge) is a Kurt Weil-inspired ballad. The two tracks from Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley are even better: "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" and "Baby's Coming Back to Me" harken back to the grand pop drama of those original Hazlewood recordings. All told, a fun and welcomed comeback. --Jason Verlinde