Your Songs

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Much like 2001's Songs I Heard and 2004's Only You, 2009's Your Songs finds vocalist/pianist Harry Connick, Jr. coming up with an urbane and passionate set of American popular songs and contemporary pop classics that he both performs and orchestrates. While his previous recordings leaned toward the classicist side -- Only You featured songs of the '50s and '60s -- Your Songs features a more eclectic mix of standards and pop songs with Connick's own lush orchestration lending an overall aesthetic of languid romanticism. To this end, Connick turns Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" into a kind of Herb Alpert-inspired '60s pop nugget and, conversely, the Beatles' 1964 classic...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Much like 2001's Songs I Heard and 2004's Only You, 2009's Your Songs finds vocalist/pianist Harry Connick, Jr. coming up with an urbane and passionate set of American popular songs and contemporary pop classics that he both performs and orchestrates. While his previous recordings leaned toward the classicist side -- Only You featured songs of the '50s and '60s -- Your Songs features a more eclectic mix of standards and pop songs with Connick's own lush orchestration lending an overall aesthetic of languid romanticism. To this end, Connick turns Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" into a kind of Herb Alpert-inspired '60s pop nugget and, conversely, the Beatles' 1964 classic "And I Love Her" gets a kind of '70s Latin lounge feel with classical guitar flourishes. However, Connick isn't only concerned with reworking tunes in unexpected ways; on the contrary, longtime fans of Connick's swinging neo-crooner work will be pleasantly surprised by his straightforward takes on "Just the Way You Look Tonight" and "Some Enchanted Evening." Similarly engaging are his renditions of such rock-oriented tunes the album's Elton John title track, his low-key version of Don McLean's "And I Love You So," and the Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You." Ultimately, Your Songs is a classy and feel-good stroll of an album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886974722823
  • Catalog Number: 747228
  • Sales rank: 20,929

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor, Vocals
Bruce Dukov Concert Master
John Fumo Trumpet
Joe Barati Bass Trombone
Cenobia Cummings Concert Master
George Doering Guitar
John Eckert Trumpet
Dan Higgins Percussion, Drums
Greg Huckins Baritone Saxophone
Roger Ingram Trumpet
Leroy Jones Trumpet
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Bill Liston Alto Saxophone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Joe Magnarelli Trumpet
Branford Marsalis Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Wynton Marsalis Trumpet, Soloist
Andy Martin Trombone
Ernie Watts Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Weldon Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Dave Smith Trumpet
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Ned Goold Alto Saxophone
Arthur Latin Bass
Neal Caine Bass
Jeff Bush Trombone
Geoff Burke Alto Saxophone
Mike Karn Tenor Saxophone
Steven Holtman Trombone
Dion Tucker Trombone
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Composer
Harry Connick Jr. Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Billy Joel Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Don McLean Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Vincent Caro Engineer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Hal David Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Tracey Freeman Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
George David Weiss Composer
David Bett Art Direction
Steve Genewick Digital Editing
Sunny Skylar Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Chris Finney Engineer
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Cool and Romantic

    Your Songs really put me in a romantic mood! I'll be honest...this isn't the type of music I typically listen to, but I can't help but appreciate the level of talent it takes to pull off music of this caliber.
    The album is full of classic, recognizable tunes that are sure to help you relax and unwind. The perfect soundtrack for a date night at home! With so many songs out now with questionable lyrics and messages, it's nice to get back to the way music really should be and Harry does it here brilliantly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this CD!!!

    I listen to this CD whenever I get an opportunity!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Your Songs

    Harry Connick is an excellent talent and performer. Worth buying for yourself and as a gift.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Its Harry, but not his best

    If you are a Harry fan already, you will be glad to add this to your collection. I don't think I'd recommend it for a first timer, though. He's still got the amazing voice that makes me all melty...and "Some Enchanted Evening" brought me to tears- it was one of my mother's all time favorite songs and hearing it in his voice, knowing how much she enjoyed his music- it just hit home. This CD will be a frequently played one when I want some mellow, chill music to hang out or have playing during dinner...especially when I need to remember my mom. Its like comfort food for my ears.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Relaxing

    I picked up this cd because I have a wide variety of musical tastes and I thought the track list was interesting. I enjoyed it and I've found it to be relaxing when working.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mom music at its best

    I've been a fan of Harry Connick, Jr since his ongoing stint on "Will and Grace," but I've never listened to much of his music. It always struck me as "mom music" - the kind of music that promotes lots of sentiment and nostalgia. I got this CD from One2One and planned on passing it on to my mom after I had listened to it once, but I think I might just have to keep it for myself! Is it cheesy? Yup. Does it promote sentiment and nostalgia? Of course. But the songs are classic and Connick's voice is amazing.

    "Besame Mucho" was by far my favorite track - so beautiful. I enjoyed the big band feel of "All the Way" and the interesting take on "Your Song." The only track that I skip over when I listen to the CD is "Can't Help Falling in Love With You." I'm not a fan of the original; the U2 cover is the best, and this doesn't quite compare.

    While I probably wouldn't have picked this up for myself (though again, maybe for my ma), I like the album overall and plan to listen to it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wow

    A look and feel of good music from a louisiana soulful voice. Great Album Harry!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Easy Listening

    This album makes pleasant enough background music, but is not Connick's best effort. On Your Songs, the artist covers a number of popular tunes, mostly love songs. He's backed by a full orchestra, including talented musicians such as Branford & Wynton Marsalis. Connick has a melodic voice that's easy to listen to, & overall the music is mellow & relaxing. However neither Connick or the other musicians have enough opportunities to shine. Some of the tunes are too polished for my taste, with not that many stand-out moments. I did enjoy his interpretations of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face & Your Song, songs I've long been fond of. Smile & Besame Mucho both have a bright brassy flavour that I found quite cheerful. If you like easy listening music & orchestral arrangements, you might find this record worth a listen. (I received Your Songs as a promotion from the One2One Network.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    WoW!

    Wow! Absolutely beautiful! His voice is amazing and so touching. I love "Can't Help Falling In Love With You." A must have for any Harry Connick Jr. or Jazz fan. The songs have so much soul and feeling. So many wonderful favorites. Thanks HCJ for my new favorite CD! A fantastic collection!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music

    I first fell in love with Harry Connick, Jr. during the movie When Harry Met Sally. Since then, I have enjoyed his music and appearances on Will and Grace. Dreamy. Well this album is just another great addition to his collection of work. They are songs I grew up with, and can be listened with friends, parents and kids. I love sharing these songs in their new iterations by Harry Connick, Jr. I even prefer his version of Your Song more than Elton John's original! It's a great album.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Walk Through Time

    Listening to Your Songs is like stepping into a time machine. At first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this remake. However, Harry Connick Jr. does not loose the general essence of the music but rather gives it an upbeat modern feel. Enjoying the cd has been a great way to lift my spirits. I find myself leaving it on for long periods of time as background music. I know that it may not be the most modern music available but who says that something old has to be bad?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Cheesy and Delicious

    If you like Harry, I think you'll love these covers. I'm a fan, plus we are close in age, so I enjoyed his choices. These will make great additions to his tour sets. Plus, fun background music for a dinner party!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great easy listening CD!

    Harry Connick Jr has a great and smooth voice and can sing anything and make it sound better. That is what he did with some old favorite songs. I really enjoyed "Just The Way You Are" and "The Way You Look Tonight". Every Harry Connick Jr. fan should own this CD. It is great and can be enjoyed from beginning to end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Spit-shined and Polished

    Harry is spit-shined & polished! It would be some enchanted evening to be out with him!

    The standouts on the CD are "Some Enchanted Evening", "The Way You Look Tonight" (I'm seeing a lot of Brides and Grooms having their first dance to this one!), "Smile" (Holy Cow what a trumpet lead! I bet they had to turn down his mic.) and "Your Song". "Besame Mucho" is HOT! Wow. "(They Long To Be) Close to You" is a wonderfully fun and clever arrangement.

    I was not impressed by "And I Love You So" and "And I Love Her". The "First Time Ever I Saw Her Face" should be eradicated from the soundwaves of this earth. Ugh! Not to say Harry didn't do his best spicing it up with a new, leading chord progression, but it is still one of the most irritating songs ever written, in my humble opinion.

    The most notable difference with this CD in comparison with Harry's earlier works is that the tracks on this album have been worked and perfected. He has obviously been training his voice- his tapering ending to notes is like melting Lindt chocolate. That's a good thing when you are in the leagues with the Michael Buble, but I think that Harry sold out a little by refining his work a little too much. The raw character of his New Orleans upbringing is missing from this album. The closest to this on this album is "Your Song". It grooves, he sounds like he's having fun singing it and I am definitely having fun listening to it.

    This album is a wonderful choice for an evening cocktail party or a city night out on the town.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    When Harry Met Clive

    I was expecting something really big from Harry with this CD. He's had so many in recent years that were just lacking. I guess he did make a mistake collaborating with someone else who just wanted to make money off his name. I used to love, love, love Harry's music. And, I have seen him in concert. But, somewhere along the way, he just seems to have lost his original flare to making music fun. Don't get me wrong, his voice is beautiful. But, he just doesn't seem to make an effort at making this music standout. I was so disappointed I wanted to cry.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Blah

    Good choice of songs but Connick sounded uninterested in his mission

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice, but won't be a favorite

    I like the songs, I like Harry, so I was prepared to fall in love with the album. I'm not sure why, but I didn't. It won't be in my pile of favorite CD's, but I will listen to it once and a while.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Soothing...

    My favorite song on this album is Close To You. The rest of the songs I think sound better when they're sang by the originals. The only thing to describe this album is soothing. If you're into Frank Sinatra you should check this album out. It is good, but after awhile it sounds as if the songs are all the same since his voice doesn't seem to change from song to song.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Harry can do better !

    I own every album from HCJ, but this one was a disappointment. I like the loud happy jazzy songs as heard in his early albums. This is not the first album that he made that disappointed me, but I still think that he is a great artist, and there are a few songs on this album that you will enjoy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "Your Songs" Done Harry Connick's Way

    I really love the standards on this cd. However, I was not impressed with Harry Connick's Jr.'s treatment of the songs. I didn't feel like his arrangement/vocal treatment made the songs very special or added any spark. I was very disappointed with this cd. However, when I saw him singing some of these very same songs on live tv, I had a different opinion. Perhaps, the album just didn't capture the Harry that I usually love.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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