The Hornology in this case is the -ology of his name, and this is represented by his vocal talents, where he brings jazz and pop, along with hints of soul. I think in a better world, tracks liks “By Your Side” and “That Way” would be radio hits, with the latter featuring vocalst Ameerah Tatum, who has done her share of background vocals on a number of albums in the last few years. His take on Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints” is a nice one and is sure to turn heads towards Horn’s way.
If there is one gripe, it’s a minor one, and that’s how he enunciates words down to a tee, but Johnny Mathis was never this funky. As much as I hate Auto-Tune, he adds the effect to “You Can’t Get My Love” and manages to do it better than most pop artists are these days. The point is, it’s easy to pinpoint certain things and say “I hate it” but what I try to do is go through it and figure out what I like about it. The enunciation is his style, and there’s a lot worse things to talk about than my preferences. “You Can’t Get My Love” could lead to him getting greater airplay, or at least if someone is turning the radio and it surpasses an NPR channel or jazz radio, someone will go “turn that back, what is this?” I heard the Auto-Tube bubbles and was like “oh no, really?” but oddly enough, it works for me. This is his Hornology, take it or leave it. I’m deciding to take it.