Harry Connick Jr.
© Columbia Records
"Every Man Should Know"
February 09 - 15, 2020
Year of Release: 2013
Every Man Should Know
One Fine Thing
I Love Her
Greatest Love Story
Come See About Me
Friend (Goin' Home)
Love My Life Away
You've Got It
Let Me Stay
S'pposed To Be
Time To Go
I'm Thinking Of You
You Love Me
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Harry Connick returns with his third album to be reviewed here on WSVNRadio, his 2013 release, Every Man Should Know. It reached #1 on
the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. However, this album blends not just Jazz, but other styles of music: Jazz, Pop, Soul, even Country/Bluegrass.
The album begins with the title track, "Every Man Should Know," as it sounds more like a Pop of Soul song, rather than Jazz. "One Fine
Thing" has a Blues and Jazz mix. More on the Jazz style, especially that of Bossa Nova, "I Love Her" could have easily been a tune sung by
Frank Sinatra. (In fact, a lot of songs here on this album, has the Sinatra vocal style, that Harry Connick Jr. has been mentioned, on many of his
albums.) Other Sinatra'ish tunes on this album -- "Being Alone," ""Let Me Stay."
Country/Bluegrass for Harry Connick Jr.? Definitely. "Greatest Love Story" has those two styles, and basically, Harry sings it well.
With the many musical styles on this albums, Harry Connick Jr. can pratically sing any style he puts his voice to. "Greatest Love Story" is
no exception. "Come See About Me" is another impressive song -- it is not Jazz, nor is it really Pop. Probably fitting the style of Adult
Contemporary, than anything else. It almost sounds like a 1970s song, "Wildflower" by Skylark.
Jazz, Rock, Soul, Pop, even Gospel has "Friend (Goin' Home)." "Love My Life Away" sounds folk'ish, possibly a song that either or
both Gordon Lightfoot and/or James Taylor would record. "You've Got It" sounds more of a Pop song. The slow song <"Let Me Stay" compares
to Frank Sinatra. "S'pposed To Be" is upbeat, having a New Orleans Jazz style, with Kim Burrell singing with Harry, in a vocal duet. "Time
To Go" is soulful.
The last two songs are bonus tracks -- the jazz/Sinatra'ish "I'm Thinking Of You," and is also soulful, yet sounds more
like a soft rock tune.
Harry Connick Jr.'s Every Man Should Know combines many musical styles. Yet Harry knocks it out of the ballpark, with another very good
album. For the true Harry singing Jazz, this may, or may not be a disappointment. But it's not. Harry can practically sing any style, and make it work.
Every Man Should Know adds another good-to-great album by Harry Connick Jr. Where this album is not a true Jazz album, any Harry fan will not
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