Album Review: Every Man Should Know by Harry Connick, Jr.
Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics
AllMusic - 60 Based on rating 6/10
Harry Connick, Jr.'s 2013 studio album Every Man Should Know finds the New Orleans native delving into a handful of original songs that touch upon country, pop, and R&B, with only a few jazz-oriented cuts in the mix. Connick has gone in the original pop direction before with mixed results, on 1994's R&B-infused She and 1995's soulful Star Turtle, as well as on the second line funk-centric Smokey Mary, which came out earlier in 2013. While those albums showcased Connick's long-avowed love of artists like Stevie Wonder and Dr.
During a recent appearance on “American Idol,” Harry Connick Jr. tried to impress upon the contestants that sometimes a singer singing a great song is enough to move people and that showy vocal acrobatics could actually be a distraction. On his latest release, the New Orleans native puts his money where his mouth is, writing and singing some of his most thoughtful and personal songs to date.
Before there was Michael Bublé, there was Harry Connick Jr.: a straight-talking, good-looking, smartly dressed pop-jazz crooner refashioning old music for young people. (Old people tuned in anyway.) Yet while Bublé has used his success singing standards as leverage to do more of his own material -- April's "To Be Loved" led with the slyly acerbic "It's a Beautiful Day" -- Connick largely has stayed away from songwriting of late. This is a modal window.