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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.
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on 23 July 2013
Connick continues to record hugely enjoyable albums. He is a fine song writer as well as a highly-talented singer and pianist. The arrangements here are similar to those on other recent recordings, full of that sound that delights late in the evening with the lights down low. My favourite track is One Fine Thing, but there are many others on this excellent new album. First class Mr Connick.
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on 2 August 2013
Such a wonderful mix, we listened to it over and over again on a recent long journey in the car. Gives you that 'feel good' factor & you can't help singing along. We recommend it to our music loving friends.
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on 22 December 2014
Nice to listen too.
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on 2 September 2013
I really like this artist but was disappointed with this CD. It's not his usual style and is more country rOck than what his fans are used to. Not one of his best.
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on 29 July 2013
Great songs beautifully sung. Backing is also top class, After playing this album over and over, really feel that Harry is giving Buble a run for his money!
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on 24 January 2015
Very different from some of Harry. Jr. Connick's other albums. It's good but for me it's not in the same class as some of his earlier albums.
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on 22 January 2015
W O W
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on 17 July 2016
very solid album
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on 19 December 2015
pleased
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