On this ambitious release, Connick mostly puts aside his piano and focuses on singing, backed by big band and Nelson Riddle-esque orchestra. Comparisons to Sinatra were inevitable, and while Connick isn't quite in that league, it's still good stuff. Connick was 23 at the time and sounds (and writes) much older than that - you can tell he's been at this since he was young (first public performance at age 5, first recording at 10). This was Connick's most successful non-Christmas album, going double platinum, but I still prefer She.
Here's a nice take on this album from a female perspective: Popdose Flashback by Robin Monica Alexander.
Here's Harry guest starring as Woody's cousin on Cheers, singing a song from this album: "A Diminished Rebecca with a Suspended Cliff" (1992).
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #22
Tracks: Of the 12 tracks here, only two are standards, both well done: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (with a wonderful, tasteful tenor solo by Branford Marsalis) and Cole Porter's It's Alright With Me. Of the 10 original compositions, I like We Are In Love and Forever For Now. I usually skip Drifting and Just A Boy.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None. I should take the wife to see Connick. I'd enjoy the music and she'd be content just to look at him.
Previously revisited for the blog:
When My Heart Finds Christmas (1993)
Music from the Motion Picture When Harry Met Sally (1989)