Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Harry Connick Jr|
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Having long been unfairly dismissed as an ingenious Sinatra impersonator in some critical quarters, it's easy to see why Harry Connick, Jr., has been reluctant to record the sort of pop standards cover album that's become ... more »
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Having long been unfairly dismissed as an ingenious Sinatra impersonator in some critical quarters, it's easy to see why Harry Connick, Jr., has been reluctant to record the sort of pop standards cover album that's become the career refuge of rock artists as diverse as Bryan Ferry and Rod Stewart. But that's exactly what the New Orleans pop revivalist has done here on a slate of familiar chestnuts from the 1950s and '60s. But there's a notable conflict at work between Connick the arranger/conductor and Harry the pop crooner. The former seems eager to infuse his charts with the sort of restless, reinventive musicality he's displayed on recent works as diverse as the stage foray Thou Shalt Not and the neo-bop jazz instrumental collection it inspired, Other Hours, bringing to bear arranging influences as diverse as Ray Charles and Nelson Riddle. But the oft Sinatra-smitten vocalist cruising over those masterfully stripped-down arrangements and bluesy, laconic tempos still seems sometimes reluctant to step out of The Chairman's long shadows--and occasionally basks in them, as on the repeated "Jilly" references in "My Blue Heaven." Still, it's artistically head and shoulders above most marketing-driven retro collections, an album that should delight the Connick faithful with its jazzy arrangements and bittersweet takes on the title track and "I Only Have Eyes For You"--and maybe win a few new converts willing to forgive the periodic genuflection to Sinatra. --Jerry McCulley
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Robert S. (stoner2) from LOS ANGELES, CA
Reviewed on 9/12/2010...
Something old something new, but with refreshing new arrangements.
Mr connick does it again
FredericWhite | 02/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"harry connick, jr...unlike most singers of standards...will always stand out among those who appreciate the genre. sure, he's got the voice, he's got the look, but he also does all the arrangement and orchestration on this and most his albums, as well as composes his own original music. "only you" takes songs we all know and love and gives them a new, sensual spin. the arrangement of "for once in my life" is innovative and fresh. "all these things" just may single-handedly rekindle the fire in your marriage. the whole cd is lush and romantic, truly like nothing youve heard before, from harry or otherwise. in this world where most popular music is at best superficial, harry connick jr's immense talent always shines through."
"great choice of love songs ~ Harry Connick Jr"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 02/05/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Columbia Records presents a long awaited album "Only You", featuring a pleasant surprise and very good performance by Mr. Harry Connick Jr. ~ it's simple, first rate and the majority of the release is very good. This twelve track album is an enjoyable collection of romantic standards, some over six decades of timeless classics. Whatever the mood "SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME", Harry is truly warm of heart ~ "YOU DON'T KNOW ME" also enjoyed the way Jerry Vale and Ray Charles performed this one ~ "GOOD NIGHT MY LOVE (PLESANT DREAMS)", doesn't get any better than this one ~ "ONLY YOU" and "MY PRAYER", two songs from the past recorded by The Platters, but our crooner has bridged the gap of generations and what comes out is really a great interpreation.Connick conveys an atmosphere of awe, much as we feel when he or she has fallen in love with someone ~ but there are a few cues that drag on and on. Connick needs to move on with his arrangements, just give a listen to Michael Buble's latest album. Buble's style is crystal clear with sparkling arrangements as the ballads send a happy positive message and mood. Remember Connick gave us this impression...gotta love it!Total Time: 58:27 on 12 Tracks ~ Sony 90551 ~ (2/03/2004)"