Thursday, November 5, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Columbia Recording Artists Harry Connick Jr., Dave Gahan And The Neighbourhood

Multi-talented, award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, musician Harry Connick Jr. recently released his 32nd album on October 23rd through Columbia Records. Titled "That Would Be Me," it is an adventure for Connick as he steps outside his comfort zone of jazzy ballads into pop/funk territory. The album was recorded in London and Nashville with two separate producers, but both bring together one goal of expanding Connick's style of performing. The new 11-song release begins with the the clap-happy, uptempo, fun appeal of "(I Like When You) Smile" as you instantly notice a renewed energy in Connick. The album's first single "(I Do) Like We Do" has the crooner giving us a country vibe on this sultry swinger. He finds some familiar territory with the "laid back" swooning of "Songwriter." The gentle touch of "Do You Really Need Her" is a ballad looking for the perfect movie setting to appear in. He takes a turn in the R&B realm with "You Don't Need A Man" as if it was written for Smokey Robinson. Connick then brings in some of his New Orleans heritage to the stomp rhythm of "Where Prisoners Drown." The album closes with Harry returning to the dance floor with the funky pop feel of "Right Where It Hurts." To find out more about Harry Connick Jr. and his latest album "That Would Be Me," please visit

Grammy-award winning artist Dave Gahan is teaming up again with the Soulsavers to release their sophomore album "Angels & Ghosts" through Columbia Records. This new album follows their critically-acclaimed debut release "The Light The Dead See" back in 2012. The new album features nine new original songs, beginning with the alternative blues/grunge guitar delivery of "Shine." Gahan's voice is in top form in the sultry build-up of "You Owe Me" and he floats over the amazing instrumentation of the Soulsavers in the album's first single "All Of This And Nothing." The soft touch of "One Thing" is pure emotion, before Gahan and the Soulsaver blaze a trail with the blues/rock of "Don't Cry." The album finishes with the "spaghetti western" feel of the alt-country ballad "The Last Time" and the big finish of "My Sun" as Gahan's vocals continue to soar. To find out more about Dave Gahan and the Soulsavers' latest release "Angels & Ghosts," please visit

American rock band, The Neighbourhood just released their sophomore effort "Wiped Out!" through Columbia Records. They are looking to continue the popularity of their 2013 debut album, "I Love You," led by the platinum-selling single "Sweater Weather." The new eleven-song album begins with the dance-rhythm, alternative-pop of "Prey" as you find yourself singing along to the addictive chorus. They bring in aspects of R&B for the smooth groove of "The Beach," then go all-out pop on the Prince-like "Daddy Issues." They bring back their alternative rock sound on the powerful six-minute, experimental ballad "Baby Came Home 2/Valentines." The big beats of "Ferrari" has The Neighbourhood taking their music in a different direction, before closing with the album's lead single "R.I.P. 2 My Youth" as it proudly combines their love for rock, pop and hip-hop genres. To find out more about The Neighbourhood and their latest release "Wiped Out!," please visit

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