By David Chiu
At first, it may seem strange that Glenn Frey would record a standards album given his legendary background in Southern California rock with the Eagles as well as his pop hits as a solo artist. But listen closely to one of his earlier solo hits from the ‘80s, the wonderful “The One You Love,” and one can tell what a capable balladeer he is. Thus, After Hours – Frey’s first solo studio album in 20 years — isn’t much of a shock to his longtime fans but proof of this veteran rocker’s stylistic range. It is quite a warm and intimate record displaying Frey’s understated yet soulful approach to classics like “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” “The Good Life” and “I Wanna Be Around” as well as early pop songs like Bacharach and David’s “The Look of Love.” After Hours shows the romantic side of Glenn Frey -– it’s a charming and gorgeously crafted record.