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Connick worked with record producer Clive Davis on this effort. The former orchestrated the sounds for a big band and string ensemble while the latter choose the songs aiming for a program of classic sounds that were familiar yet contemporary. The "modern" part is a relative term and is given to these hand-picked songs from the last 50 years in music.
Connick Jr traverses the same territory associated with the likes of Michael Bublé and, to a lesser extent, Patrizio Buanne. 15 easy listening songs are delivered in true crooner style and seem designed to make the fans of André Rieu (or a similar vintage) swoon. Some tracks sound like old standards and others would not be out of place in a romantic film score.
Two versions of The Beatles' 'And I Love Her' appear; the first turns a pretty pop gem into a nostalgia classic by conjuring up images of elderly couples dancing cheek-to-cheek. The latter version features the chic tones of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in what is a truly lovely interpretation. The same cannot be said for the attempt at Elton John's 'Your Song'. The track massacres the perfect original and is a lame and terrible polka-like version delivered with extra cheese. Other songs include Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile', Don McLean's 'And I Love You So', and Billy Joel's 'Just The Way You Are'.
If an evening featuring some debonair men in suits at a dance hall accompanied by ladies curtseying in elegant gowns to a soundtrack that is reminiscent of a 1930s film score delivered by a crooner behind a silver mic sounds like your cup of tea then you'll love Your Songs. If so, you could find it a shining tribute to the gramophone and an innocent and bright-eyed age.