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We Are In Love: Harry Connick Jr - It's all right with me
on 12 October 2011
This 1990 release is the fourth studio release from Harry Connick Jr, American jazz vocalist, pianist and big band leader. Recorded in the wake of his success with the Harry Met Sally soundtrack which included quite a few big band standards from the great American songbook, here he has continued with the big band swing sound but applied it a set of largely self written original material.
Many people rave about this album as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately, while it is competent and well crafted, I always think it lacks that little bit of vital spark that would lift it to greatness. The songs are well written, nicely arranged and Connick is a good singer who obviously owes a lot to Sinatra. The resultant big band sound is pleasant enough, but the whole thing (as is often the way with major record label jazz releases of the era) feels way too over produced and slick. I just don't get the feeling of connection with the band or singer, or a sense of the passion behind the song. I know that some people like this approach, but I'll stick with Sinatra.
All in all, pleasant enough and an OK album, but lacking the oomph factor that would make it something special. 3 stars.