Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Harry Connick Jr Sings Your Songs :: One2One Network Review

From One2One press release:

Singer, actor, composer, pianist, philanthropist, husband, father – Harry Connick, Jr. is all those things wrapped up in one (handsome!) package.

Harry's been indulging his musical passion since the age of 3, and played publicly for the first time at the age of 6! His career has been studded with awards and recognition, including several multi-platinum and gold albums, 25 million albums sold worldwide, Grammy, Tony and Emmy Awards; Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, and so much more.

Album Tracklisting (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)
Besame Mucho
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 (Don McLean)
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)

(You can check out snippets here)

On his new album entitled Your Songs, Harry performs classic songs by some of the greatest musicians of all time, with a full jazz big band and string orchestra! He collaborated with the legendary Clive Davis, who has managed & guided the careers of so many fantastic musicians (Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson).

I first came across Harry's music back when The Mask came out, I loved the music so I bought the soundtrack, by far my favorite song on that CD was Harry's "Whisper Your Name"

I liked the smooth, jazz/big band feel he had.

Well he has a new CD out that has the same great jazz/big band feel Called "Your Songs"

I usually judge a CD as worth buying if I like at least like half the songs, and this one meets my criteria! I loved the covers of the Carpenters, Elton John and Billy Joel, may be some of the best of those covers I've heard.

However, Besame Mucho sounds completely wrong, not sure if it's the arrangement, or Harry, but it's a big no go on that track.

And it may just be me, being a die hard Elvis and Beatles fan, but sorry I think I'll stick with the Beatles and Elvis Original on "Can't help falling in love with you" and "And I love her"

Overall I give this CD a 7 out of 10, and would recommend as a great relaxation CD, for in the bath tub, or a cozy night with the significant other!

Other links:
Behind the Scene look at ‘Making of’ the album
Harry’s website
Harry's Facebook


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