Top positive review
Nice collection of standards old and new(er)
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2017
For many fans, this is Harry Connick Jr. exactly the way they want him - singing standards (this time an interesting mix of Great American Songbook and relatively contemporary choices, many apparently made by Clive Davis) while backed by an impeccably arranged orchestra. The result turned out to be a big hit - Grammy-nominated, too.
Highlights: beautiful reading of "Besame Mucho," nice arrangement of Billy Joe's "Just the Way You Are," a romantic take on The Beatles' "And I Love Her," and "All the Way" featuring the always-welcome sax of Brandford Marsalis.
Now, for those of us Connick fans (speaking for myself here) who like a healthy dash of his bluesier side, 'Your Songs' is perhaps plays things a bit too safe. But Clive Davis really had his finger on the pulse of what Connick's primary fan base expects. This is a very solid traditional pop album that sits very nicely beside the similarly-conceived album "Only You" (2004).