Harry Connick, Jr. – That Would Be Me
Here’s another disc I snagged from the death throes of our shite little HMV. I maybe haven’t talked as much about how much of a fan I am of this man’s work, over the years of typing things into these pages. I know I haven’t yet reviewed much of his huge discography. That’s an oversight I intend to correct.
But let me put it this way. I’ve been a fan of Harry’s since I was in high school. One of his CDs was the first CD I ever bought. I’ve said before, I was the jazz kid. I ate it up. Over the years he’s shown a lot of sides to his talents, and each one’s done very, very well.
This record (from 2015, and his most recent) is jazz, soul, country, love songs, danceable, and above all, fun. Can I just express how happy it makes me just to be able to sit here in and talk about how he made another great record? Fantastic.
Of course, a lot of the songs are about relationships, and he’s got some great lines in here (“You came out of nowhere / you snuck up on me / you put your smile right where my self-control was supposed to be.” from (I Think) I Love You A Little Bit). Some tracks are full of energy, some are gentler, but all of it’s thoughtful and well-constructed. Each track shifts and grows and becomes and, when they’re done, you know you’ve heard another great one.
Thinking on it now, and this would only be for those who are fairly well-versed in his albums, if anything (and feel free to disagree with me) this would fall more into the She and Star Turtle vein, more so than anything else, even though that doesn’t fully nail it either. In other words, it ain’t big band, it ain’t solo jazz piano wizardry, it’s straight up jazzy soul-infused pop rock and love song glory. But even better, it all stands strong on its own as a new album unto itself, fitting perfectly into his discography.
It’s been too long since I played a Harry album, I’m realizing that now. He’s an old friend I haven’t heard from in way too long. His work hits me right, every time. There’s a clarity, an energy, a lift to what he does that has buoyed me for more than half a lifetime. This record’s a keeper, I loved it. Thanks, Harry!