Thursday, October 1, 2009

Harry Connick, Jr. Your Songs

Amazon Product Description: 2009 album from the singer, pianist and actor, an album of cover versions of songs requested by his many fans. Like his best-selling Only You of 2004, Your Songs consists of Connick singing familiar songs with a full Jazz big band and string orchestra, and, as with nearly all of Harry's previous albums, he wrote each of the orchestrations himself. He also recruited two of his lifelong friends from New Orleans, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, as well as bluegrass guitar virtuoso Bryan Sutton, for guest appearances. 14 tracks including 'Mona Lisa', 'Smile', 'Just The Way You Are' and more.

Review: Today, thanks to the One-2-One Network, I am switching hats to review the new Harry Connick, Jr. CD: Your Songs. While I am no music critic I do know what I like and I love Your Songs! The honey-throated crooner Harry Connick, Jr. has never sounded more engaging.

In this CD Connick sings in the Big Band style, but with contemporary lyrics such as The Beatles “And I Love Her;” Roberta Flack’s “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face;” Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are;” and of course, Elton John’s “Your Song” as well as many more (see the track listing below). Since I was familiar with most of the songs I enjoyed Your Songs more than if he had sung Big Band Era songs. I also appreciated hearing old familiar favorites in a new musical light.

Connick’s Your Songs is the perfect musical accompaniment to a cocktail/dinner party or simply relaxing at home.

Album Tracklisting (Originally made Popular by):

All The Way (Frank Sinatra)
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)
And I Love Her (The Beatles)
(They Long To Be) Close To You (The Carpenters)
Besame Mucho (Frank Sinatra)
The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
Your Song (Elton John)
Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)
And I Love You So (Don McLean)
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)

1 comment:

  1. I love Harry Connick Jr., his songs and his acting!