JazzTimes - p.81
"[F]irst-rate pop singing, pop timbre and pop feeling. To be frank, Bolton's fans will adore the results."
Personnel: Gayle Levant Richards (harp); Paula Hochhalter, Larry Corbett, Steve Richards (cello); Jeff Driskill (flute); Dan Higgins (clarinet); Earl Dumler (oboe); Michael O'Donovan (bassoon); Richard Todd , Stephanie O'Keefe (French horn); Terry Wood, Carmen Twillie (background vocals).
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Passion Studio; Record Plant Studios, Hollywood, CA; Westlake Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Adult Contemporary singer Michael Bolton built his career singing passionate, sometimes theatrical soft-pop tunes that made him a superstar in the 1980s and '90s. By the turn of the 2000s, however, Bolton was changing his style, exploring various genres (including opera on '98's MY SECRET PASSION), and refining his vocal approach.
2006's BOLTON SWINGS SINATRA finds the singer taking on songs made famous by the Chairman of the Board, and doing so in a restrained, classy manner that may surprise folks who only remember the singer from his '90s hitmaking days. Bolton swings and croons competently on "Fly Me to the Moon" and "I've Got You Under My Skin," among others, and his surprising duet with Nicollette Sheridan on "The Second Time Around" weighs in as one of the highlights. While Sinatra fanatics may prove a hard sell on this one, BOLTON SWINGS SINATRA is a strong, admirable effort.