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All Connick Originals
on 2 July 2013
With the release of Harry Connick's latest album he proves that there is never anything predictable about the musical direction that he will take.
"Every Man Should Know" marks Harry's return to songwriting with twelve original songs bearing the Connick signature. It is an eclectic mix with country and gospel influences more evident than on his previous material with prominent pedal steel, mandolin, trumpet and sax.
The title song is a beautifully arranged and melodic ballad with piano, strings, Hammond B3 and Harry's voice both pleading and insistent that every man should know "that you should treasure her love 'til the day you die". With a simpler approach, but just as compelling, is the subtle beauty of the folk ballad "Love My Life Away" with an accompaniment of acoustic guitar and understated strings.
"Greatest Love Story" is firmly in country territory with pedal steel and fiddle on an up tempo number while "Time To Go" is a piano led country ballad. "I Love Her" is a gloriously realised bossa nova with strings, soprano sax and flute recalling the sound of Stan Getz.
"Friend (Goin' Home)", is a gospel influenced big band number and "Supposed To Be" is a swinging New Orleans piece with trumpeter Leroy Jones. Meanwhile the gentle, lazy, "Being Alone" is a gorgeous evocation of a jazz inspired ballad featuring the artistry of Wynton Marsalis.
With "Every Man Should Know", Harry Connick Jr has written, produced, arranged and performed an album of distinction. His song writing is inspired, his interpretations of the material are perfect and the arrangements and musicianship are impeccable. It is proof, if proof were needed, that he possesses a host of talents that should be cherished.