Harry Connick Jr. is known for his soulful smooth voice and beautiful lyrics. When the CD Star Turtle came out in 1996, it was a little off the wall of what people had Connick Jr. pegged for. I loved it. I was 13 at the time when it came out. My older sister happened to buy the cassette at a local music shop and immediately I fell more in love with it than her.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all of Connick Jr.’s albums throughout the years. But this one really stuck good with me. Star Turtle is a spectrum of bluesy/jazz, soul, a little gospel and the edge of rock/blues.
The album has four separate tracks titled Star Turtle 1 which starts off the album, Star Turtle 2, Star Turtle 3 and Star Turtle 4 ends it. In those tracks, Connick Jr. is heard having a conversation with a deep voiced turtle. I’d like to say they in a way set the pace for each pairing of tracks between them. Sort of like an intro to what’s next.
How Do Y’all Know, Hear Me in the Harmony, Reason to Believe are tracks that move you deep down inside. They get you on your feet, clapping your hands and maybe even hopping a little. Just Like Me follows the trio as a smooth bluesy ballad of Connick Jr. singing how he is going to find someone just like him. Easily a song that many of us can carry in our heads, humming along with.
Little Farley is a powerful song about a boy named Farley following the wrong crowd and eventually taking a young girl’s life. Sure it has the toe-tapping beat and funky guitar sounds. The lyrics however, hit home. Especially in this day in age with bullying, school shootings and violence.
Eyes of the Seeker is a drive-it-home type of rock number that finds its emphasis on the high-paced crazy lives we all live and how we should slow down just a bit. Nobody Like You to Me is a proclamation of sorts about love to that one specific person that there isn’t anyone in life like. Boozehound rounds out the next quartet with another funky guitar riff filled song with Connick Jr. singing about being a reformed boozehound.
The final three tracks on the Star Turtle album kick off with a song Never Young about feeling that youth passed you by and suddenly you’re that grown up. Mind on the Matter is an array of sounds, all crashing and thumping together drawing your energy out and making you dance. The lyrics of the track seem almost insignificant to the actual music though. In the last track, City Beneath the Sea finishes up the trio with Connick Jr.’s homage to his city, New Orleans. Listening to it, you can see in your head Connick Jr. twinkling away at the piano keys while crooning about taking him back to the city beneath the sea.
Now seventeen years later and despite some forgetting this album even existed, Star Turtle has holding power.