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Genre: Easy Listening / Artist: Michael Buble / Audio CD released 2007-04-30 at WARNER BROS

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      05.03.2009 16:54
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      An excellent collection of music

      Just before Christmas, I was made aware of Michael Buble by a friend who recommended I listen to his songs 'Lost' and 'Home'. I immediately became a fan of his work and luckily I got this album as a present. It even has 8 extra tracks on bonus CD including 2 Christmas ones. Talk about good luck!

      His music in general reminds me of a newer version of Frank Sinatra, high praise that I think is well deserved. I think there's not a bad song across both Cd's and I can happily press play and listen to them straight through without ever thinking of pressing the next button.

      In my opinion, the best songs are the previously mentioned Lost, Home, Me and Mrs. Jones and then the extra version of White Christmas as it is my favourite Christmas song. Home is probably my favourite out of all these. It has touching lyrics and Buble is able to create an emotive experience with his wonderful voice. Just a great combination.

      Even if swing music isn't your first choice to put into the cd player I would recommend this to any fan of music, Hopefully he will have a long and successful career and I know that personally I am looking forward to hearing any new music he will be putting out.

      I'm not sure how much of his songs he writes but there are a few songs on the album that are cover songs, but while some may feel this is a down side I think his version of them makes them seem fresh.

      If you get the chance, pick this up, especially the 2 Cd version if possible.

      CD 1
      1. The Best Is Yet To Come
      2. It Had Better Be Tonight
      3. Me And Mrs, Jones
      4. I'm Your Man
      5. Comin' Home Baby
      6. Lost
      7. Call Me Irresponsible
      8. Wonderful Tonight
      9. Everything
      10. I've Got The World On A String
      11. Always On My Mind
      12. That's Life
      13. Dream

      CD 2
      1. Stuck In The Middle With You
      2. Lost (pop mix)
      3. Home (pop mix)
      4. Everything (Bob Rock Mix)
      5. Orange Coloured Sky
      6. Let It Snow
      7. The Christmas Song
      8. White Christmas

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        19.02.2009 23:11
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        An essential purchases for all who appreciate music and vocals at its finest

        Michael Buble's latest album, Call Me Irresponsible, is also his best offering to day. His past albums have all contained great mixes of well known and lesser known covers that complement his style really well. However, whilst continuing the same general style, this album differs in that it absolutely hits the nail on the head.

        As with his previous album, It's Time, Buble has put together some well known covers, some lesser known covers, with two original tracks, Lost and Everything. The difference this time is that this album has that little bit extra that makes it classic. The well known covers are ones that everyone will recognise, and his versions of the likes of Me and Mrs Jones simply do not disappoint. The lesser known covers, such as Dream, serve to round off the album very well. However, the stars of the album, and the songs that give it the lift into greatness are the two original tracks.

        Everything is a wonderfully smooth yet upbeat song that has an irresistible feel good factor about it. You can see boyfriends singing this song to their girlfriends and neither getting bored of it (vocal quality notwithstanding), just as you can see couples dancing to it together, in both an upbeat and intimate way. The second original song, Lost, contrasts greatly to Everything in that it is a more sombre, sad yet incredibly powerful and emotional song. Yet rather than being emotional for the sake of it it carries with it a sense of hope and appreciation, which makes the outpouring of emotion seem genuine and strong rather than forced and weak. Both songs are simply brilliant, and are the brightest gems in an album brimming with quality.

        It should be noted that this album also comes in a 2 CD version, and if possible this extra version should be picked up. It contains remixes of Lost and Everything, which aren't essential, but also contains a version of Home, Buble's other outstanding original track, which is a must buy if you don't already own It's Time. This second also contains three Christmas tracks (great for one month of the year), and a fantastic rendition of Orange Coloured Sky, which will soon become a favourite for those who don't already know it.

        An essential album from one of the best voices in the business. Buy it now.

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          29.09.2008 21:31
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          Michael Buble sing really great

          Michael Buble is not only a good looking guy who can pose really nicely in the CD cover, but also a really good jazz singer that people buy his CD not only because they like how he looks in the cover but also listen to the song.

          He was really great in picking songs, so that he could make my heart melt with "Everything" and "Call Me Irresponsible", which, according to me is the best songs in this album. I can't pick one of them because for me they both are as good. Both are 'naughty' and 'flirty' and both are lovable, so that I love those songs.

          Also there are some songs, like "Wonderful Tonight" that has been greatly remade with, of course, jazz style which really makes the song really different yet maybe better than the original one.

          This is a good choice for the beginner jazz lover, and of course the jazz lovers themselves. It is not only would pamper your ears with good songs but also you with good songs.

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            13.08.2008 23:00
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            Soothing, relaxing, yet upbeat at the same time!

            Michael Buble is just perfection in voice form, and his third main album is absolutely no disappointment to established fans or newcomers alike. The album is full of a brilliant mix of covers of classics and new tracks (slightly more of the latter than on previous albums which is refreshing), and Buble just has, in my opinion, the perfect voice. He seems like an absolutely lovely guy too, and I'd kill to see him live.

            I'm a big fan of jazz music to begin with, but even if you're not, the album contains some modern interpretation of a number of standards, and is a brilliant, relaxing album that isn't necessarily jazz in its strictest sense. I think Michael Buble has a unique sort of appeal that spans generations - I know 3 generations of my own family are fans, and it's the sole CD we can agree on when we're driving!

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            06.03.2008 19:00
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            Michael BUble's 3rd album (2007)

            In December 2007, I went with my wife and a couple of friends to Wembley Arena to watch the Canadian crooner Michael Buble. He is currently at the top of his game as a singer of the standards (Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, etc), and has also written his own material. Then, at Christmas, I opened one of the presents from my wife and found his lastest offering Call Me Irresponsible. The I put in the CD player......

            Call Me Irresponsible is Buble's third album, released in 2007. It features a whole of horde of versions of standards, as well as 2 of his own songs, 'Lost' and 'Everything.'

            These are the tracks:

            1. The Best Is Yet To Come
            2. It Had Better Be Tonight
            3. Me And Mrs Jones
            4. I'm Your Man
            5. Comin' Home Baby
            6. Lost
            7. Call Me Irresponsible
            8. Wonderful Tonight
            9. Everything
            10. I've Got The World On A String
            11. Always On My Mind
            12. That's Life
            13. Dream

            Buble's voice resonates well throughout the album, and his big band sounds behind him make the music very enjoyable. Buble does not just do covers, his rearreanges some of the songs, showing that he is not just a singer, he has musical skils across the board. The version of 'Me And Mrs Jones' is very close to the original, but he provides enough delay on some of the notes to create almost a brand new sound. 'That's Life' is a world famous standard, and he provides a roaring version of 'I've Got The World On A String' with his band providing some backing vocals and adding a bit of a personal touch into the track. However, they are still versions, and they are all similar in style to each other, and this could put some people off. To listen to the album as background music over and over and over is fine - is the sort of the music that blends with conversation, but for variety it's not great.

            Yet for all the versions he performs, the best track on the album in my view is his own: 'Lost'. It is written and sung from the heart, and provides a lot of melodies in a more commercial love ballad theme as opposed to a standard. The same is true of 'Everything' which has a little hispanic sound to it, but 'Lost' remains the best track.

            The album is a great collection of versions and original music. I rate it at 4 stars.

            The album is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £6.23 new.

            Thanks for reading.

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              08.02.2008 12:02
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              The new king of swing but maybe too many covers.

              My review is of the Album 'Call Me Irresponsible' - Tour Edition, which features an extra disc.

              In November I treated my Mum to an early Christmas present. I took her to see her favourite crooner, Mr Michael Buble, at Birmingham's NEC arena. Having not been a particular fan of his before this time, I went along, open minded and willing to have a good time. What I got was the most fantastic night of music I have experienced in a very long time, which prompted me then, to buy this album, in my local Asda for £9.77.

              The difference between this particular album and the original release is that this 'Tour Edition' gives you an extra CD, with 8 extra tracks. Considering you now get 21 tracks, over 2 discs I found this to be quite good, compared with some other recent releases I have bought.

              Aside from being X-Factor winner, Leon's favourite singer, who is Michael Buble? Well, he is a Canadian born singer, of Croatian and Italian heritage, with all that going for him, is it any wonder he has the voice he has? I'd admittedly never heard him much before seeing him live but I am glad that I didn't as it made me much more appreciative of his style of music, people I have spoken to since have heard of him as a big band, king of swing style singer, but having no preconceptions, I feel this is the best way to listen to Michael Buble.

              THE TRACKS:
              Disc: 1
              1. The Best Is Yet To Come
              2. It Had Better Be Tonight
              3. Me And Mrs, Jones
              4. I'm Your Man
              5. Comin' Home Baby (duet with Boyz II Men)
              6. Lost
              7. Call Me Irresponsible
              8. Wonderful Tonight (duet with Ivan Lins)
              9. Everything
              10. I've Got The World On A String
              11. Always On My Mind
              12. That's Life
              13. Dream

              Disc: 2
              1. Stuck In The Middle With You
              2. Lost (pop mix)
              3. Home (pop mix)
              4. Everything (Bob Rock Mix)
              5. Orange Coloured Sky
              6. Let It Snow
              7. The Christmas Song
              8. White Christmas

              Due to the number of tracks on this CD and in the interests of not over-boring the Ciao reader, I have decided to review only some of the tracks on the CD, ones that I feel really make the CD plus a couple which may have been better left out!.

              DISC 1

              It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera):

              This is a great Latin number and show's some difference in Buble's voice as to his normal style. Sharp and punchy, this is a song which you really feel you want to get up and dance to. The music is fresh and lively, it is the type of music which you would certainly expect to hear on your travels in somewhere like Latin America. Buble's vocals are slightly sharper and bolder than many other tracks on the album and if you have only ever heard Buble singing the Rat Pack favourites, this is a great track to change your preconceptions of Buble.
              The band on the track really sounds effortless and stunning and it inspires a mix of brass, jazz and strings. Fused together, this all makes for an amazing track.

              Comin' Home Baby Feat. Boyz II Men

              Initial starting slow and soft, this track quickly changes tack. Buble's vocals are echoed by the Boyz II Men group and oh boy, they work effortlessly together. Buble packs a punch as an ambitious and innovative vocalist here as he doesn't just rely on his own vocals to carry this song; lyrical solos are also performed by Boyz II Men. This track is so jazzy yet so dancey and it's very infectious. Again, you have a brilliant fusion of amazing vocals and the band also really shine through on this song, especially towards the latter half of the track. Finishing quite suddenly, you actually get the feeling you don't want this song to stop.

              Lost

              I think many people may be familiar with the song from Buble's performance a number of weeks ago on X-Factor. I feel this is a wonderful song, this is so slow and so mellow but it's not overly soppy, in my opinion. Buble seems to know when not to overdo the vocals and through knowing this, he makes songs sound effortless, this is one of many examples. For this track there is less reliance on the big band feel, instead there is a fantastic string orchestra just highlighting the song, not leading it. Emotion can be heard in Buble's vocals but there is no straining or screams which can be heard with many male singing stars. Soft and sweet this is a lovely, soothing song and one of the best tracks of the album.

              Call Me Irresponsible

              The title track of Buble's third album, I couldn't let this song pass without mentioning it. A return to the smooth jazz of Buble we are familiar with and the big band accompanies. It might be the title track but in my opinion, there is something a little bit lacklustre about this track. For me, this doesn't have the pull of what Buble is best at; it's almost as if the slowness of Lost has signalled a change in the tempo. However, towards the end, the song picks up, the vocals become better and the band is exquisite, but it doesn't quite redeem the rest of the song. A weak link of the album in my opinion lacks power and enthusiasm.

              Wonderful Tonight (Duet with Ivan Lins)

              Following the slight disappointment of Call Me Irresponsible, this track follows. Again, quieter and softer this track takes a much different style to Eric Clapton's iconic version. Taking a bit of a Spanish twist, this is so smooth and slow and the contrast of Buble's smooth, long notes and Lins's sharper staccato vocals really do mark a contrast that, on the face of it, shouldn't really work, but does. Orchestrally, this isn't the most remarkable but the fact the track is so different to what you expect is really the overriding sense in this track.

              Everything

              This was one of the only songs I was familiar with when I saw Buble live and as this was one of the best songs he sang on the night, I had to include it here. Buble returns to a pop style of vocals and he really achieves a toe-tapping, smiley song. The song is great for getting you in a feel good mood. You cannot help but singing along, even if you don't know all the words. Musically, the guitars are fantastic and yet as simple as not to override this song, the music really lets Buble tell a story and the key point with this song is that by the end, Buble has told a story and the listener believes that story.

              Always On My Mind

              Reverting again away from the normal versions of this song, Buble takes Always On My Mind, so slowly. It's thoughtful, it almost rings true in our minds. You cannot help but feel that this is either him telling a story or he is telling your story of a broken heart. Some may say this track is also lacking something but I believe that less is more, especially where songs like this are concerned. This is such a beautiful song anyway and Buble's emotion and real thoughtfullness for the words come across so wonderfully, you get a feel he is showing his respect for this fantastic song by changing the style you would expect of the song. Like Lost, this track let's Buble's vocals lead, whilst piano and strings are allowed to highlight and provide a backdrop rather than overpowering the track.


              DISC 2

              Stuck In The Middle With You

              Buble cover's Steeler's Wheel's classic. You can tell that Buble obviously likes this track; his raw enthusiasm is evident from the first breath he takes. He does, like his other tracks, add his own touch, in this case, he's taken it a bit more rock and roll and his vocals are sharper than what we became accustomed to on CD 1, but that's no bad thing. This track becomes another sing-along, toe tapping song. The band on this track really showcases themselves, I have never heard them sound so good, and it really is quite amazing. I cannot help but think this was Buble's choice of song, he really sounds so fired up and I think this is one of the factors that carries this song; you know it isn't just being sung to make up a filler track.

              Lost (International Pop Mix)

              Whilst I have been mostly of praise for Mr Buble on this review so far, I am going to get a little bit annoyed with him here, I do not approve of remixes on albums.....I simply cannot tell the difference between this and the original on CD 1, this track surely could have been replaced with something else, surely Mr Buble, I've seen you do fantastic songs live, so why not add a live version or an acoustic version, why a remix that sounds no different. I find this a bit of a let down because this is the first of 3 mixes which are present on this 8 track CD 2, none sound particularly different to the original. The only redeeming feature may be for some that 'Home' is included, but then as Buble said himself, he prefers Westlife's version......

              Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

              A Christmas favourite, this big band version really gets me going. Buble sounds a little bit like Michael Ball here but that's not always a bad thing. Buble's Canadian accent is more evident here than any other track, I feel that this is track he is familiar with because he sounds so effortless, he could really be standing at a piano at a Christmas party. Buble knows what works with this song, he doesn't overdo vocals in this song yet he makes the ending special, not spectacular and therefore you don't feel he has ruined a Christmas song which has been around for years and already been covered (and ruined) by other artists.

              White Christmas

              Who cannot love White Christmas? Buble's final track of this album is slow, smooth and mellow. No one can top the original, so he doesn't try too hard and yet again, he pulls off a quite remarkable, respectful version of this song. It actually doesn't feel too Christmassy, so I wouldn't feel silly listening to this in April.

              My only slight grumble about this track is the music sounds too artificial and too electronic for White Christmas, but overall, it is a pleasant ending to an album.


              Overall Verdict:

              I like this CD, I like the variety and the flexibility of Buble's vocals shown on this album, I haven't got any of his other albums and I feel this is not relying on the listener having listened or bought those before.
              I do feel you get good value for money with Michael Buble, he really knows how to be a showman, he knows how to impress the listener yet he always seems to be showing respect for his cover versions, which is nice to hear.

              I do feel, however, above all else, Buble is a fantastic songwriter, so why so many cover versions, I truly believe Buble could hold an album without any covers, maybe it is a safety net tactic, but I would love to see more original material.
              As for this being a 'Tour Edition', I can't really see it to be honest, I saw him on tour but surely a 'Tour Edition' should, by it's very name, include extracts from the tour? Live versions, maybe a DVD of concert footage or photographs of the tour. An improvement could be made in cutting out the remixes and just adding the 3 Christmas songs that are featured. A further improvement would be to remove the slightly lacklustre version of I've Got the World On A String, this would be better replaced with Stuck In The Middle With You, and you'd then have one of the best CD's in your collection.

              I would recommend this CD, but it may be better to buy the original versions and just download any of the other tracks from CD 2 you may want.


              xx My review also appears (slightly modified) on Ciao xx

              Thanks for reading.

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            • Product Details

              Disc #1 Tracklisting
              1 The Best Is Yet To Come
              2 It Had Better Be Tonight [Meglio Stasera]
              3 Me And Mrs. Jones
              4 I'm Your Man
              5 Comin' Home Baby
              6 Lost
              7 Call Me Irresponsible
              8 Wonderful Tonight
              9 Everything
              10 I've Got The World On A String
              11 Always On My Mind
              12 That's Life
              13 Dream