Harry Connick Jr Your Songs review
We recently received Your Songs by Harry Connick Jr, which was released On September 22nd. I'll be honest, we mostly listen to things that are harder or more, uh... punky? Funky? Quirky? Usually the only way Sinatra-esque songs enter our household is when we are singing loudly and intentionally off-key to be silly, so my opinion may not be the best to rely on.
The music was alright, if I ever have a romantic dinner I will likely play it on low for ambiance. My friend with more.. sophisticated... tastes than my own is borrowing the CD for his wine party, so I guess thats the kind of music it is. I like to listen to music where you can hear a singers soul, something often lost in recording I'm afraid. Perhaps if he wasn't playing familiar songs I would have been able to appreciate his voice more, but Sinatra has a melt in your mouth voice and those are just big proverbial shoes to fill, Elvis, Beatles... those are harsh people to set yourself up to be compared too. And all the songs, no matter what the original was, were made to sound Sinatra-esque.
He is very easy on the eyes, though, you have to admit.
Another thing I found disapointing, one of the cover art pieces shows his hand playing piano, and another was him standing in front of a piano.
There wasn't much strong piano in the album at all, many songs had little or none. That was an unfortunate letdown.
I do hate to sound so negative, and as I said I may not be the best judge for this type of music. It is great for ambiance, and I much prefer his other work- again, it may be because we know the originals.
If your interested, the title links to his site, and here is his facebook
and here is a making of the album
Here is the song list 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
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
Your Song (Elton John)
Some Enchanted Evening
And I Love You So ( )
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa ( )