That Would Be Me

That Would Be Me

by Harry Connick Jr.
     
 

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That Would Be Me is something of an ironic title for this 2015 album, considering how it's a relatively radical overhaul of Harry Connick, Jr.'s sound. Squalls of New Orleans horns can be felt (if not always heard); there are hints of R&B and gospel; his piano is seductive enough to flirt with the louche and, as always, Connick has a way with a ballad, easing

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That Would Be Me is something of an ironic title for this 2015 album, considering how it's a relatively radical overhaul of Harry Connick, Jr.'s sound. Squalls of New Orleans horns can be felt (if not always heard); there are hints of R&B and gospel; his piano is seductive enough to flirt with the louche and, as always, Connick has a way with a ballad, easing into the slower tempos without ever seeming lazy. In this respect, That Would Be Me is recognizably a Harry Connick, Jr. record. Thing is, there's the production -- an unapologetically brash pop blast, orchestrated separately by Butch Walker and Eg White. Both producers have recorded with P!nk, and Walker, like Connick, has a background in music reality TV -- Walker got there before Connick, working on the legendary 2006 series Rock Star: Supernova -- but White's modern pop is a better touchstone for Connick's album than Walker's rock. Connick largely skirts the tastefulness of Adele and Will Young, however, allowing himself to indulge in both cheerfully robust rockers ("[I Like It When You] Smile") and cornball soft rock ("Songwriter"). Sometimes the slick textures and electric pianos evoke the golden age of Yacht Rock, but Connick is up to something clever, letting the rhythms hit with the force (if not the precise style) of hip-hop-infused R&B, and glossing the whole proceedings in a crisp, reflective sheen so it winds up reinforcing either his sly pop classicism or modern wit, depending on the listener's point of view. This savvy swing is the key to the success of That Would Be Me, because Connick winds up expanding his horizons without selling out his musical aesthetic.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2015
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0888751591325
catalogNumber:
515913
Rank:
25365

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Connick   Primary Artist,Organ,Percussion,Piano,Trombone,Trumpet,Violin,Drums,French Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Brass,Rap,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer
Jonathan DuBose   Guitar
Janice Graham   Violin
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Butch Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jerry Weldon   Tenor Saxophone
Ben Chappell   Cello
Raymond Weber   Drums
Arthur Latin   Drums
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Robert Rinehart   Viola
Warren Zielinski   Violin
James Boyd   Viola
Lisa Kim   Violin
Eg White   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vocoder
Vivek Kamath   Viola
Jung Sun Yoo   Violin
Mark Braud   Trumpet
Helen Paterson   Violin,Viola
Geoff Burke   Alto Saxophone
Hannah Dawson   Violin
Beatrix Lovejoy   Violin
Watson Twins   Background Vocals
David Cohen   Cello
Mike Davis   Trombone
Annaliesa Place   Violin
Alan Stepansky   Cello
Jake Sinclair   Bass
Michelle John   Background Vocals
Joanna Maurer   Violin
Kotono Sato   Violin,Viola
Hyunju Lee   Violin
Sarah Pratt   Violin
Liz Lim   Violin
Patrick Jee   Cello
Meghan Cassidy   Viola
Christina Matovu   Background Vocals
Hanna Chol   Violin
Remi Pelletler   Viola
Nathan Vickery   Cello
Jerry Brown   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Harry Connick   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Rob Mathes   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Butch Walker   Producer
Dan Wilson   Composer
Jay Knowles   Composer
Eg White   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Sarah Buxton   Composer
Alex Venguer   Engineer
Jim McCormick   Composer
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Scott M. Riesett   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Francis White   Composer
Jake Sinclair   Engineer
Todd Stopera   Engineer

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