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What A Night! A Christmas Album
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 December 2008
The hugely talented Harry Connick Jr. has just released his third Seasonal album and like the previous two, he adopts his usual cool and laid-back approach with a punchy big band or string orchestra on hand to match his off-the-wall interpretations of well-loved Christmas standards like JINGLE BELLS and IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS, with the hymn OH COME ALL YE FAITHFUL given a gentle but faster tempo than normal and jazzy piano middle and end sections between his vocal.

However, having previously exhausted the popular Festive catalogue, Harry adds four of his own compositions with the album's title WHAT A NIGHT! plus CHRISTMAS DAY and SANTARRIFIC (with Lucien Barbarin) particularly catchy numbers. PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, a bluesy opus, contrasts well with the familiar WINTER WONDERLAND which has the added attraction of having Harry's eleven year old daughter, Sarah Kate on board to share their charming father-daughter duet with playful banter adding extra bounce to the upbeat proceedings. The instrumental DANCE OF THE SUGARPLUM FAIRIES plays as a funky exercise, with Kim Burrell joining Harry for LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH and SONG FOR THE HOPEFUL. With ZAT YOU SANTA CLAUS and WE THREE KINGS also on the Christmas menu, this album is recommended to all who prefer their sentiment laced with a distinctive jazzy flavour.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2008
Once again Harry has come up with a Christmas Cracker an album that swings with variety. From fresh arrangements of Christmas standards 'We Three Kings' to some new songs 'zat you Santa Claus' ]
The best of Harry's Christmas albums, Superb arrangements, excellent standard of music all presented in Harry Connick's faultless style. For me the best Christmas release this year.
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VINE VOICEon 7 June 2010
This is Harry Connick Jr. at his most seasonal and joyous. The rip-roaring arrangements and orchestrations on the tracks are superb and this is a terrific Christmas album that stands tall and strong. Harry Connick Jr. gives us four wonderful self-penned up beat Christmas tracks that are mixed in with the usual favourite classic songs on here including 'It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year', 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and 'Winter Wonderland' featuring a glorious duet with his daughter, Kate Connick.

I would find it difficult to choose a particular favourite on here. All the songs are catchy and beautifully played by all concerned. I've fallen in love with Harry Connick Jr's voice all over again. His voice, on this album in particular, really shines on all the songs. In my opinion, this album is a wonderful and delicious follow up to 'Oh My Nola'/'My New Orleans' which he released the year before in 2007.

Harry Connick Jr. is back to his awe inspiring best and long may it continue. Bravo.
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on 30 March 2012
Disappointing. His arrangement of Winter Wonderland used in 'when Harry met Sally' is joyful and brilliant - this isn't. Amazon offer track previews of this album. Listen to see if this matches your expectations of this sometimes brilliant recording artist. It didn't meet mine: I found it to be a series of relatively unknown, not terribly seasonal (sticking the word Santa in the lyrics, or shaking sleigh bells during the intro, doesn't qualify), big band numbers. The Winter Wonderland on this album is far removed from the instrumental previously issued.
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on 23 January 2012
I bought this because it got a high rating in the paper. I love Harry and was expecting cool jazz arrangements. I have to confess, I haven't listened to the whole thing, because I don't like it. The tracks I've listened to are not to my taste at all, so I am disappointed. I find the backing muddled and annoying.
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on 19 December 2013
I would have given this album 5 stars except I didn't care for a couple of his songs that he changed up a bit. His voice is dreamy as are his looks, but unfortunately this isn't a DVD. It's a very good Christmas album and I'm glad I added it to my collection.
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on 12 February 2015
Got this already, but I was away and hungering for decent Christmas music. Decided to get the AutoRip. As I already have the album at home, I now have it with me digitally and a dear friend will benefit from my other album next winter!
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on 30 December 2013
Bought this as a present but couldn't give it as the cellophane wrapper was missing. Was sold as brand new so presumed it would be sealed, didn't want my friend to think I'd opened it and listened to or copied it!
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on 4 February 2014
Would definitely recommend this album for anyone who likes easy-to-listen-to Christmas jingles. Most tracks are good but there are a couple that could really do with not being on there - reason for the 4 stars.
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on 26 June 2013
Its a Christmas album for everyone, its nostalgic, beautiful and a massive must buy for people that love Harry Connick Jnr & or Christmas, it also makes a lovely present.
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