During a recent appearance on “American Idol,” Harry Connick Jr. tried to impress upon the contestants that sometimes a singer, singing a great song is enough to move people and that showy vocal acrobatics could actually be a distraction. On his latest release, the New Orleans native put his money where his mouth is, writing and singing a collection of some of his most thoughtful and personal songs to date. The moods vary from playful to rueful. The instrumentation goes as far as bossa nova in one direction (the wistful “I Love Her”) to country flourishes, including pedal steel (“Greatest Love Story”) in another. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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