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Forever For Now: Harry Connick Jr - Recipe for love?
on 12 October 2011
This 1993 compilation album gathers the best tracks from Harry Connick Jr's first seven albums. It shows off the range of styles the singer/pianist/bandleader had worked in, from big band swing, intimate instrumentals, American songbook classics and self penned material.
Many people rave about Connick as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately, while the music 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.