Not only did this album have a theme of broken love but, as the title suggest, it was set in the post-midnight hours, a liminal time and space that perfectly suited the reflective, ruminative nature of the songs and lyrics.
Along with the music and lyrics and themes and tone of the album, the artwork also needed to match the same emotional heights. Most album artwork of the time was quite simple, take a photo of the artist looking jolly, put them on a coloured background with some bold text, and you were done. Sinatra’s In the Wee Small Hours is instead a painting, featuring the artist looking sullen like something from a hard-boiled detective novel cover. The blue hues also nod not only to the pre-sunrise setting of the songs, but also to the moodiness of the themes.
It’s an album that Lefevre calls, “Unapologetically pop but still also carries weight to it. It’s an artistic work where an icon lays himself bare, so that you can experience his work in the way you watch a great film or read a great novel.”
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