Saturday, September 26, 2009
I was recently given the opportunity to check out the brand new Harry Connick, Jr. album, Your Songs courtesy of the One2One Network.
I was very excited for the opportunity. I first started to listen to Harry Connick, Jr's music when he recorded the soundtrack for When Harry Met Sally. I loved that movie and I loved the soundtrack. The next albums he released was We are In Love, another of my favorites. When he put out his Christmas album When My Heart Finds Christmas, I got it right away and it is one of my favorite Christmas albums with a mix of classics and Connick originals.
There is just something that is so wonderful about putting a big band sound behind the lyrics. Combine that with his vocals and it really is a winning combination.
On Your Songs, Harry covers 14 classic songs and adds his touch with his own big band sound.
Here’s the album track list (originally performed 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)
The Way You Look Tonight (from the film Swing Time - sung by a lot of people over the years)
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
Your Song (Elton John)
Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific)
And I Love You So (Don McLean)
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)
I really like the album. The songs are very familiar and Harry Connick, Jr's touch makes them that touch different from the originals. I have been listening to it for the past week. I think that The Way You Look Tonight is my current favorite. None of the songs have a large, big band sound, you can hear the horns and big band accompaniment in the background, but not that large, big band sound I hoped for. That being said, it doesn't take away from the music it is very good, I just felt that it could have been bigger. The album makes a great backdrop for a romantic evening or a soundtrack for your daily drive.
Want to learn more about Harry Connick, Jr? You can check out his webpage or become a fan on Facebook. You can also check out Harry Connick, Jr.’s upcoming TV appearances over the next few weeks and see what you think:
9/28 – Today Show
9/29 – The View
9/30 – Imus in the Morning
9/30 – Letterman
10/1 – Today Show
Week of 10/5 – Rachael Ray
The album was released on September 22nd and you can purchase Your Songs at major retailers where music is sold and at Amazon.
Or, better yet, win it here! One lucky reader will win a copy of Harry Connick, Jr's Your Songs courtesy of One2One.
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