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Harry Connick, Jr.'s career has been studded with awards and recognition, including several multi-platinum and gold albums, Grammy and Emmy awards, a starring role in a Tony-winning Broadway musical and much more. A true American icon, there are few artists of Harry's stature, and fewer still with such a comprehensive span of the entire realm of entertainment.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00CAYH2XW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Harry Connick, Jr. has built a reputation for musical and emotional honesty. Never one to rest on his ever-growing list of laurels, Connick exposes his feelings as never before on Every Man Should Know. The new CD contains twelve original songs for which Connick wrote music, lyrics and arrangements.

"No rules, no limits," is how the multi-talented artist describes the songs in his liner notes for the new collection. "I don t recall ever reaching quite as deeply or confidently into my inhibition pool."

The title track is indicative of how anecdote and imagination yield inspired results. "I was building a workbench with a carpenter friend," Connick explains, "and my lack of any knowledge about carpentry left me feeling so inadequate. It led me to think about other things that every man should know, like how to change a tire. Then I began thinking about what everybody should know how to do, and that's to love."

"'Come See About Me' is a song about a guy who's heartbroken that was inspired by a line Kim Burrell sang on 'All These People' [a song about the abandoned Katrina victims from Connick's 2007 CD Oh, My NOLA]. It was tough for me to sing, because the thought of watching the one you love move on is so painful. Just the idea of it hurts, and it took me a few tries just to figure out how to sing it."

More immediately personal feelings underscore "The Greatest Love Story," a song for Connick's wife Jill that includes both "inside" allusions ("Jill's from Texas, which is why the pedal steel guitar is in there") and a direct reference to Connick's late mother Anita.

Connick is quick to credit his collaborators, including guest soloists Branford Marsalis (whose soprano sax enriches "Let Me Stay") and Wynton Marsalis (extending the reflective mood of "Being Alone" with his trumpet) and longtime Band regulars Jerry Weldon on tenor sax and old friend Jonathan DuBose, Jr. on guitar on "I Love Her." He gives special credit to guitarist Brian Sutton and the Nashville musicians assembled for several tracks. "Those Nashville guys are deep," Connick marvels. "Before they play a note, they ask, 'What are we playing about?' And they like to play with you when you sing rather than laying down tracks before you sing, because they want to understand the sentiment of each song. They really helped me capture 'Love My Life Away,' a song about a guy dying from a disease who is facing the plodding nature of his life."

The range of these songs is vast, touching upon love and loss, celebration and sorrow, tragedy and hope. With Every Man Should Know, Harry Connick, Jr. triumphs once again, with a depth of feeling that signals another milestone for one of the music world s most multi-faceted artists.

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His voice radiates through each song in style.
M. Brooks
Great CD from Harry Connick Jr. He has always been one of our favorite artists and we normally buy all his albums.
Chris
Harry Connick Jr is a genius as always-brilliant!!!
Michelle Kirk

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dara Bryant on June 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Harry's back in fighting shape. This album contains 12 original songs, all of which showcase his stellar writing to great effect. For years, Harry's languished in Buble's shadow somewhere between the land of 'Has-been Crooner' and 'Bland Am Pop Singer'. No more. Thematically, he digs deep, and accesses a well of beauty and inspiration that's been on reserve since his foray into the funk arena in the mid to late 90's with "She" and "Star Turtle". If you're a fan of those recordings, this one's sure to suit your fancy. So glad to have Harry back doing what only he can do. Stellar.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on June 27, 2013
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Harry Connick Jr.'s second album of 2013 takes a slightly different direction than that of Smokey Mary. Rather than embrace R&B/Funk, Every Man Should Know mixes elements of country, gospel, and jazz. More of the 'acoustic' side of Connick, Jr. returns on this project, though the 'pop' sensibility of his previous effort still lingers. A solid listen for the most part, Every Man Should Know is pleasing, even if it isn't perfect.

"Every Man Should Know" is thoughtful, with Connick Jr. expressing the traditional roles that a man should present to his lady. It's old fashioned in its writing you might say, but quite refreshing, particularly compared to how much more often music seems to disrespect women. A mix between country and gospel, backing vocals bring the 'churchy' element as does Connick Jr.'s Hammond B3. "One Fine Thing" is traditional Connick, Jr., something his most dedicated fans will highly appreciate, particularly following the departure that was Smokey Mary. As always, Connick, Jr. has a love for the left-hand piano, combined with upright bass. On "I Love Here", Harry switches gears once more, this time opting for a groovy Latin vibe that's incredibly light and easy-going. Little is light about Connick Jr.'s vocal performance, which is compelling, drawing the listener in so charmingly.

"Greatest Love Story" reinstates the 'country' vibe, though still has one foot in the door as far as jazz cues are concerned (the progression). "Come See About Me" continues to embrace Connick Jr.'s inner cowboy to good, but not exceptional results.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eto on June 15, 2013
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Harry's a great songwriter. This and Blue Light Red Light are true masterpieces. I hope Harry will continue writing in this style and leave tired covers albums to lesser talents.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Suempb on June 14, 2013
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As the liner notes explain, this is not your usual Harry Connick, Jr. album. The songs are all his and from the heart. Great lyrics, nice tunes. Well worth the wait.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Keane on July 9, 2013
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This release is superb. On Amazon some compared it with elevator music.
What rubbish. People use to say the same about Antonis Jobim's music.
Music can be laid back in style, or slow in tempo, etc..., this does not equate to elevator music.
Strangely these peole must be deaf as many of the tracks are quite lively.
Harry's closest take to a appalchan song 'Greatest Love Story' is an absolute delight whilst
'One Fine Thing' cruises effortlessly with great style. 'S'pposed To Be' as would be familiar to those who
purchased the uplifiting 'Smokey Mary' is a great joyous track. There is no dud on the entire album
and one can't help but wonder why Harry had to turn to Clive Davis for previous releases.
This album shows that Harry's talents need not be compromised by producers etc, whom have not
an ounce of his talent. Great to see him working back alongside Tracey again.
The Harry we love is back with these last two releases and that is something to be extremely gretful for.
A+
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ajh on June 19, 2013
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Love Harry Connick Jr and just about anything he puts out. This was one of his best in my opinions! Love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By moegale on June 14, 2013
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What can I say......."It's Harry Connick Jr.!!" Love him and the CD. Been waiting for him to come out with a new one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LollyPop on June 14, 2013
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Harry Connick Jr. improves with every album he makes. There will be no downhill slide for this man. What a voice. I just played this album over and over again, Keep Singing! We need you out here!
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