September 25, 2009
New Albums: David Gray and Harry Connick, Jr.
Cougars, rejoice! David Gray and Harry Connick, Jr. have both released albums this week! While I admit Harry seems more the cougar type, I can see how David might have some smooth moves to entice the ladies.
David Gray- Draw the Line
Okay, I just learned that David Gray is 41. I don’t know why that’s relevant, but I was floored. He seems younger than that…
Anyway, Draw the Line is Gray’s 8th studio album. He began his album career in 1993 with A Century Ends, but his fame really exploded in 1998 with the release of his uber-popular single, “Babylon.”
His newest record features eleven new tracks from the artist and follows his British pop-folk sounding style. It’s easy on the ears: it flows nicely and is just simply relaxing. The first single off the album, “Fugitive,” is my favorite. It’s a little more mainstream but not so center-line that it’s boring.
Harry Connick, Jr.- Your Songs
I wonder who would win in a fight between Michael Buble and Harry Connick, Jr. Not in sales…in a fist fight. I think I’d vote for Harry Connick, Jr. on absolutely no basis at all. Either way, both guys can really sing.
This guy has released over two dozen albums. Seven of them have reached the top 20 charts in the U.S.—a number that jazz musicians usually only hope to see just once in their careers. On top of his singing career, too, Harry Connick, Jr. has acted in a number of films. What a great life he must have.
His latest album, Your Songs, features fourteen songs with a range of styles from the ballad to the basanova. There are a lot of covers on the record, and that works for him. He has definitely earned a name as a great jazz singer. He even turned a classic Beatles song, “And I Love Her,” into his own jazz version. It’s great. The album went on sale on September 22!
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