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I think Michael buble is a really good artist and he is also very handsome in my opinion. I first began to like him a good few years ago and my mum decided to buy me this album for a christmas gift. I was delighted to receive it and wanted to play it immediately. The album was released on the 9th of October 2009.
The cover sleeve booklet shows a photo of Michael holding his hand apart and showing his handsome face, on the back of the plastic CD cover there is a photo of Michael smiling and another handsome photo.
The album has 13 tracks and the total listening time of this album is 47 minutes and 34 seconds, so a good length of time if you want to play the whole album and relax.
All the tracks on this album are kind of slow beat and romantic tunes. The only track which is more upbeat is I haven't met you yet. This track is the tune which is the more upbeat one and the tune I like the best on this album. It is more of a catchy tune compared to the rest of the tunes.
This album has some tunes which are like a jazz collection but a romantic jazz and not the usual jazz tunes. I do like a bit of jazz and I think the jazz tunes in this album compliment it well mixed with usual tunes.
On the track Baby You've Got What It Takes Michael is singing the tune with a woman named Sharon Jones and also the Dap - Kings. Sharon compliments this tune really well with Michael and her voice is really nice. Michael is the dominant artist of course and Sharon doesn't outshine Michael at all. They sing the tune very well together and this tune from the album is a change from just Michael singing solo. The dap - kings just tend to sing in the background and all of the artists compliment this tune well in my opinion.
The 14 tracks are like I said slow beat, romantic tunes. This album is one I like to listen to when I am reading and relaxing and just want a listen to slow beat tunes in the background when I am concentrating reading my Kindle. I find the lyrics of the tunes are romantic. I also like to listen to this album if we have a dinner party at my home when a couple of friends come over for a meal and we all sit in the lounge having a glass of wine and just want to listen to a slow paced album.
Michael sings the tunes on this album extremely well, his vocals are really clear and the words are noticeable in a way you can hear the words clearly what he is singing. His voice is powerful and his passion for his music stands out in this album.
1....Cry Me A River...4.14
2....All Of Me....3.07
3....Georgia On My Mind...3.08
5....Haven't Met You Yet....4.05
6....All I Do Is Dream Of You....2.32
9....You're Nobody Till Someone Loves You....3.07
10....Baby ( You've Got What It Takes ) ....3.20
11....At This Moment....4.35
13....Whatever It Takes....4.35
If you like a slow paced music album and you like Michael Buble I think you would enjoy this one. I love it and find it an easy listening album and extremely relaxing. My hubby doesn't actually like this album or Michael's style of music but he is happy to listen to the album when we entertain and I play the album in the background. I think it is more than suitable for a dinner party and one which can be played when you have a belly full of food and just want to relax on the sofa and have a good old gossip, laugh and just relax in the company of your friends or family. We have listened to this album when our guests have crashed from singing and dancing and just want to then flop on the sofa and slow down a little.
I recommend this album, is easy listening and a romantic album, is one which is ideal for a romantic dinner date at home or if you just want a nice easy paced tunes playing in the background while you are relaxing at home. I have enjoyed listening to it over the years and am pleased my mum bought me it as a gift for Christmas.
Amazon are selling it currently for £4
One day I really hope I get to see Michael in concert and can listen to some of these tracks he may sing. I really love the tune " Haven't Met You Yet " because it always makes me think that I haven't met Michael as yet and one day soon I may be one member of the audience at one of his concerts.
I give this album 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
In recent months I have heard more and more of Michael Buble on the radio and have really enjoyed listening to his music but never to the point of actually feeling the need to buy on of his albums. That was until I saw 'An audience with Michael' on the TV and instantly fell in love with him. The way he controlled the stage and the effortless way he managed to perform these songs was just amazing and even hubby liked his style and choice of songs. After this I just had to go and buy the album but unfortunately it was out of stock, little did I know hubby had already been and bough me a copy which I was thrilled about.
For those that don't know Michael, he was born in Canada in September of 1975, he grew up always wanting to get into music and dreamed of being a world famous singer. He got his success when his first album charted within the top 10 in the UK and his success has just grown from here. A lot think he only sings cover versions but Michael is a very talented song writer too and he has written many songs which do feature on his albums.
This album is called Crazy in Love and the track list includes:-
Cry Me A River
All of Me
Georgia on my Mind
Haven't Met you Yet
All I Do is dream of You
You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You
Baby (You've Got what it takes)
At This Moment
Whatever it Takes
Some Kind of Wonderful
The first track is such an excellent way to start to the album as it is a well known song and he really does it justice. He sings with a big band and this is noticeable by the way his voice lifts and falls to the musical arrangement as it shows he is not just singing along to a backing tape. I think from watching him perform on stage he really is so much better with the big band behind him. The vocals on this song are excellent and show his voice off very well. There is a good richness to his voice and it never seems forced or as if he is struggling with the range.
There are a lot of swing songs on the album and they are all performed very well and I think he is doing a great job re-introducing this era of music to a younger audience. The choice is good and not all one type of song. There are some good ballads included and my personal favourite has to be Hold On. He sings this song in such a romantic and pure way, I am able to believe ever work which he sings. We also have the inclusion of Bryan Adams for the backing vocals on this track and the voices just effortlessly blend together.
Aside from the swing and ballads there are a few lively and more modern songs, including Crazy Love and Just Haven't Met You Yet. These are the two main song which bought Michael to my attention. I love how he can throw his talent into such a wide range of music and not just have to stick to the one genre. This does help make him appealing to such a wider audience, that and the way he is very easy on the eye!
The one song on the album which is guaranteed to get me dancing has got to be Heartache Tonight, I think this has such a good beat and tune and I can always be found dancing around the kitchen with my boys when this one is one. It is played after the slow ballad of Hold On and I think the contrast with songs is great and cheers me up after the slow number.
There is one song which I am not overly keen on and this is the final one, Some Kind of Wonderful. I like the song but each time I hear it I cannot shake off the image of John Barrowman performing it, I think if Michael would have changed some of the harmonies then this would have helped me differentiate the two me from the song. All of the other 13 tracks are super though so this one can be forgiven.
The album is priced around £10 and I think this is a very fair price for such an entertaining album. It can be bought from a variety of shops and as t is still very high in the album charts the supermarkets are still stocking it. I can only give this album the full 5/5 stars as this is what it deserves. The vocals throughout are exceptional, the song choices are too and the cover design showing Michael's face is worthy of being stuck up on my wall!
I bought this album a few weeks ago because I heard his version of 'Cry me a river' on the radio and I was hooked...
There are 14 tracks on the album and I have 3 favourites.... Cry me a river (track 1) , You're nobody till somebody loves you (9) and baby (you've got what it takes) (10) which is sung with Sharon Jones the dap-kings.
The album takes you through a rollercoaster of easy listening jazz... from the first dramatic orchestral beginning to the slow and sweet through to the upbeat of track 10. I must admit that I've had the album in my car since I bought it and I only skip through only 2 or 3 of the songs which is quite unusual for me...
I paid £9.00 for the album which I think is good value although you can now get it a bit cheaper..
The album is unoffensive and is great for background music or for listening to relax and friends have asked what album it is when I've had it on so it seems to appeal to most people...!
I've got to admit i am a Michael Buble fan, he has a unique sound which is rare, most acts all sound the same now.
Michael Buble released this multi million world wide selling album back in October 2009 it includes covers of some old classics as well as some new ones, it's currently in the shops for around £9.99 but as ever you can probably get it a little cheaper on-line.
1. Cry me a river
2.All of me
3.Georgie on my mind
4. Crazy love - title track
5.Haven't met you yet
6.All i do is dream of you
9.You're nobody till somebody loves you
10.Baby (you've got what it takes)(with sharon jones the dap-kings)
11. At this moment
12. Stardust (with naturally 7)
Then as stated on the album cover an extra two Michael Buble "loved so much he sneaked them onto the CD as a little bonus"
13.Whatever it takes (with Ron Sexsmith)
14.Some kind of wonderful
This album would come under the genre of swing/jazz, it's really easy to listen to and got something for everyone. A great addition to anyones cd collection.
My personal favorite on the disc is "haven't met you yet" it's really catchy, it's got a great beat and the vocals are excellent, it's a great one to dance and sing along to.
Some of the covers of the old songs can be a bit dull, there not really for me but my dad is a big fan as the songs came from his era and he enjoys Michael Bubles music so it's a good one for the older generation.
I don't like it when you buy an album and you don't know any of songs because they only release one single off of it, they have released a few of the tracks off of this album as singles and along with the covers means you know or reconise most tracks on there and not paying out for a whole album when you could havr just bought a single.
I haven't been a fan of Michael Buble for too long, and if I'm honest, it was this album that got me interested. Before Crazy Love, I had seen Michael Buble as someone whose music I really would not be interested in. However, after Haven't Met You Yet came out, I realised that maybe his music wasn't always the old-fashioned rubbish I had imagined. So I decided to give the man a chance and buy the album, and I absolutely LOVE it! Since buying the album I have become totally obsessed with him and now have every album. He's got me listening to music I never would have thought I'd listen to, let alone love. I adore all the songs on the album and it's nice to see a range between pop and swing on the one album as well as some original tracks in there too. Wonderful album! Now if only i could get some tickets to a concert - it seems quite an impossible task!
I enjoy a good variety of music from RnB to jazz, at the moment I am loving Michael Buble's Crazy Love album.
** Tracks **
1. Cry me a river - This is exactly what you would expect from Michael Buble, his usual big band song. I wouldn't say that this is one of my favourites although it is a fantastic cover. My son thinks it's the song from James Bond and it does sound very similar. Overall he sings the song very well and it is very easy to listen to.
My rating 3/5
2. All of me - I really love the piano in this song, its very rat pack, if that even makes any sense lol. This song starts off quite delicately but then that big band comes in and out. Again not one of my favourites but a nice song and typical for the album.
My rating 3/5
3. Georgia in my mind - This is an interesting song, slow and smooth. Michael Buble sounds great singing this song. It's the sort of song your likely to hear on a romantic film where there on some kind of balcony in Manhattan gazing at the stars. Very soothing and enjoyable to listen too.
My rating 4/5
4. Crazy Love - This has to be one of my favourites on the album, its very soft but I think it appeals more to me because it sounds fairly modern and the back up singing is soulful and gives the song a lovely tone. The words are also really nice, its very catchy but not in a cheesy way.
My rating 5/5
5. Haven't met you yet - Again another one I like, I heard this on the radio and this is the song that influenced me to get his album. Its fun and good to sing alone to, again quite modern and also has a bit of a poppy feel to it. This song shows that not only can Michael Buble sing big band songs but that he can also be up to date and appeal to a good mix of people.
My rating 5/5
6. All I do is dream of you - I really like this song "dooby dooby doo" lol, its great, happy song. The band sound great and it definitely makes you sway along to it.
My rating 4/5
7. Hold on - This is quite a slow song, more piano then trumpets etc, its very soft and easy to listen to. I think if you have trouble sleeping then this song may actually help you nod off. Not in a bad way... its very soothing.
My rating 3/5
8. Heartache tonight - I think this is a bit of a mix between big band and rock n roll, a fun song, it actually sounds a bit country. Could imagine him dancing around in a cowboy hat and dirty denim jeans lol.
My rating 4/5
9. Your nobody till somebody loves you - This song sounds very romantic and seductive. Nice and slow and relaxing.
My rating 3/5
10. Baby (you got what it takes) - Another one of my favourites from the album, I unfortunately do not know who he is singing with on this track, but she is very good. They sing very well together. This song is soulful and upbeat with a 50's feel to it.
My rating 5/5
11. At this moment - Another slow one, very pretty song, but quite sad, he sings it lovely. As much as I like it, it is a little depressing although the music is nice.
My rating 4/5
12. Stardust - This song reminds me of a broken record... not my cup of tea. Its quite low and quite frankly boring.
My rating 2/5
13. Whatever it takes - This song is another romantic, I don't think its one of his best, it doesn't really show his range and it's a little safe for my liking.
My rating 2/5
14. Some kind of wonderful - As soon as I heard this song I thought "oh this sounds very dirty dancing" but of course the original was in the film lol. This is a great cover and a really good song to listen to.
My rating 5/5
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** My opinion **
Overall this is a excellent album, I do like a lot of different music and no-one could say that Michaels Bubles style is the same as other acts on the radio now days. I knew I liked one of the songs on the album, but it was a bit of a gamble as I hadn't really heard much from him, but I am so glad I got this album.
Its rare to find an album where every song has a good quality to it, you usually get the odd one or two that are well and truly rubbish, the lowest rating I would of given any of these songs was a 2 and that's just because they are not really to my taste however when I hear them a few more times my opinion may change.
I would say don't knock it till you try it! If anything its great to stick on in the background when your having dinner parties etc and im sure you will love the album as much as I.
I am a huge Buble fan - I have all his albums and yes he does do covers a lot of the time but he does them very well indeed. And he has only got better with each album - Crazy Love is definitely his best work to date.
A Canadian singer who started out singing in bars, Michael has several Grammys to his name and has sold out various worldwide tours. Hes also a very good looking chap! Crazy Love is the follow up album to his last smash hit Call Me Irresponsible and looks well on its way to outselling that.
Michael's musical style of choice is jazz - think Sinatra and the rat pack. He does big band stuff really well, and that's probably my favourite type of music from him. But he also does modern, contemporary stuff - his latest hit Haven't Met You Yet (from the Crazy Love album) was co written by Michael himself and is his biggest selling single to date after Home, which again was co written by Michael and has been covered all over the world by many artists, including Westlife.
Crazy Love was a bit of a different album for Michael, in the sense that it wasn't as polished - and that's how it was intended. It was recorded 'as live' but was still done in a studio - all this means is that it has more of a raw feel to it, a more personal touch. Unless you are someone who listens to his stuff every day you probably wouldn't even notice the difference to be honest.
The album has a few big band numbers on it, but most of it is contemporary stuff, and Michael has co written more songs on this album than any other he has released so far. The album does include some covers, including Cry Me A River which is the albums opening number, Crazy Love and Heartache Tonight (an Eagles classic which is reworked so well). Cry Me A River has an amazing string opening which is so powerful it could be the title track for a Bond film - in fact it is currently being used on a lot of BBC adverts, including those for the Winter Olympics. The album then goes back and forth from the toe tapping sounds of Heartache Tonight to the purity of Stardust and everything in between. Michael is the best in the business at what he does - he commands an audience - even from a CD in your living room he gets in your head. He captures every essence of every song he sings - and this album especially tests him to his limits - with more of his own songs on this album than any other, he has proved his songwriting skills are not to be criticised.
After the release of Haven't Met You Yet and Michael's endless promotion for that and the album, more and more people are beginning to cotton on to the fact that you just can't and don't want to escape from the true talent that is Buble. Crazy Love has currently gone 4 times platinum in the UK and reached number one in the album charts. Add this to your collection - it's a must!!
Cry Me a River
All of Me
Georgia on my Mind
Haven't Met You Yet
All I Do is Dream of You
You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You
Baby (You've Got What it Takes)
At this Moment
Whatever it Takes
Some Kind of Wonderful
I am a big fan of Michael Buble. He is a jazz singer that reminds me slighly of Frank Sinatra. I had agreed with my partner that we were not buying presants this year for each other and then we both managed to break the deal. Michael Buble album was what my partner bought me. He did have to send his mom out to get it because we are very rearly apart now that he is working we are apart alot more.
This cd has got a picture of Micheal Buble on the front which really appeals to me because I think he is absolutely georgeous and would marry the man in a flash (If it wasnt for my loving partner).
There are 14 songs on this cd these are as follows
Cry me a river
all of me
georgia on my mind
haven't met you yet
all I do is dream of you
You're nobody till somebody loves you
Baby (you've got what it takes)
At this moment
Whatever it takes
some kind of wonderful
The first song on the album cry me a river I have heard before sang by other artists but find his version less depressing than the others.
Georgia on my mind is one of my favourite songs that I find sounds very american style love song. I find I get the feeling of being very swarve and in love.
Just havent met you yet is also one of my favourites this is a very jazzy song that really gets me in the mood for dancing and can just see black and white films and people dancing when I imagine what is going on.
Some of the other songs are slower and more love songs but still have the nice air of jazz in the music. I get the feeling of sitting in a jazz club listening to him sing these songs to the audience.
I love all of them but my favourites are Georgia on my mind, crazy love which is one of his hits and Haven't met you yet which is the most recent to come out to the charts. I find he has a very sexy voice and has a air of fun in his songs. I will listen to this cd over and over and never fail to enjoy this. I think every woman should own this just so they can fall in love with him as much as I have.
This is under £10 in asda and think it is worth much more than this. I have now got to add his music to my mp3 player so that I can carry him around with me where ever I go. I just hope that I do not start dancing in public. My daughter will also give this her approval and likes so much to dance along to his songs. My next mission is to see him live. This is well worth the money and can not wait for the next album.
I had heard of Michael Buble, but it was only when he appeared on X Factor in 2009 that I took any notice of him.
He has a voice that is unlike any I have heard in mainstream music recently. He sings jazz/swing music, and often covers more popular songs but puts his own spin on it - such as the brilliant Cry Me A River on his new album, Crazy Love.
His most popular song has to be Haven't Met You Yet which is so catchy.
I bought this CD for my Mum for Christmas, which cost me £7.99 from Amazon. I listen to it whenever I am cooking at hers and it is so relaxing and soulful. I find myself dancing around the kitchen and singing along to all of the words.
I can't say I have a favourite song as it changes every time I listen to it!
I will definately be considerign buying more music by Michael Buble and will be buying this album for myself.
It certainly helps him that is very good looking!
This is the song list:
Cry Me A River
All Of Me
Georgia On My Mind
Haven't Met You Yet
All I Do Is Dream Of You
You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
Baby (You've Got What It Takes)
At This Moment
Whatever It Takes (bonus track)
Michael Buble (2009)
Now I like jazz, I like swing, I like the old crooners and Mr Buble is a bit of a modern day incarnation of them all. Coupled with the fact I liked his 'Call me Irresponsible' album, and the fact I got lots of iTunes vouchers for crimbo, I decided to download Mr Buble's latest in it's entirety.
Mikey boy sets the tone of this album with the opener, a big band, full on version of the old classic 'cry me a river'. In truth I don't much care for this version, which has a touch of the James Bond theme to it. I didn't much like Justin Trouser snake's version either. To me this should be angst ridden, forced, slow, bare, this aint.
We go on to a couple of other 'standards'. 'All of me', which retains some of the Sintraesque charm, but is a little smooth for me. 'Georgia on my mind', his next offering is much truer to the original though we have this 'Bond' like intro again, why? In fact, his voice is ultra mellow on this track and it really is quite good, a definite keeper on the iPod, nice pianist too.
After these standards he goes on to the title track which is much more contemporary, reminds me a lot of Jason Mraz, that is actually quite a complement as he has gone away from his comfort zone with song and it really sets his vocal range to work, very nice, maybe the best song on the album, as it should be for a title track.
Track 5 is perhaps the most popular track off the album and is, I believe actually in the charts. Along with a 'pop' video in the supermarket he is clearly trying to 'reach out' to a wider audience. It is a 'nice song', a 'nice' video, I hate it.
We then get a departure to a 50's do wop style song mixed with jazz for track 6, oh gosh no, please, what is happening here, it's all going a bit wrong. Can he redeem himself with track 7? No, a Christmas song that is so schmaltzy I nearly vomited.
Track 8 is back to probably what he does/did best, a big band swing number, though it does have more than a hint of rock n roll about it, well it would as the original was much more rock n roll and much less swing. I don't like this either, oh dear It is not going well.
Then he pulls it back by singing a standard again, great vocal, great timing, no Dinah Washington though, better than average, much better than last few songs.
Track 10 is another attempt at being 'popular', he duets here with Sharon Jones (The Dap Kings). In truth, she is a better vocalist than him, on this track at least, she certainly has more 'soul' than he does. I happen to like this tyrack quite a lot, there is a revival in the do wop kinda beat at the mo and this is on that button.
Track 11 starts like a gospel number, could easily be an Elvis intro, he then comes in with a nice soulful vocal, much higher than his normal vocal. This is a big number, a diva number, great song, great music and he pulls it off. Excellent.
Track 12. 'Stardust'. Not for me, a little too pretentious and Crosby like.
Tracks 13 and 14 are 'bonus' tracks, are they a bonus being here? Well, we get a fair dollop of Bossa Nova beat on track 13, so if you like your music smooth, to a Latin beat with a chest full of hair and medallions, this is for you, not for me.
'Some Kind of Wonderful' really isn't, it's some kind of okay, in that 60's do wop way again. The best bit about it is the backing provided by a baritone saxophone.
I think Buble has lost his way a bit with this album; he is neither the crooner he was on previous albums, nor the populist he is trying to be to fit into that niche currently occupied by people like Jason Mraz.
He needs to decide on 'a' direction for his next album, not a mish mash. He is talented, a great vocalist, get back to that MB.
1. Cry Me a River
2. All of Me
3. Georgia on My Mind
4. Crazy Love
5. Haven't Met You Yet
6. All I Do Is Dream of You
7. Hold On
8. Heartache Tonight
9. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
10. Baby (You've Got What It Takes)
11. At This Moment
13. Whatever It Takes
14. Some Kind of Wonderful
If all goes according to plan, this man could be about to dethrone Susan Boyle at the top of the UK album charts. He might not have done it for the Christmas week, but Buble shifted about a quarter of a million copies of this album alone last week. Impressive stuff for a guy who used to play in seedy strip clubs!
Buble's latest album has broad appeal. It will satisfy those who like stage musicals, there are undertones of jazz, some bluesy numbers and also contemporary pop songs. Housewives adore him, men want to be him because women go crazy over him and well, the bloke can sing really really well. Listening to him live is like listening to the CD.
There are fourteen tracks on here and we kick off with Buble's take on 'Cry Me A River.' Not the Timberlake song, this is far better. A Bond esque orchestra plays underneath while Buble snares the melody with his casual and commanding delivery. A bold and dramatic start to the album.
'All I dream Is Dream Of You' has echoes of Connick Junior and has enough shoo be doo wopping in it to keep you tapping along. A similar style continues in 'All Of You' and you can picture yourself reclining in a jazz lounge while posh ladies walk by with velvet handbags. The title song is one of the least interesting, but delivered with a confidence and showmanship that only he can pull off.
The lead single 'Haven't Met You Yet' is probably as poppy as the album gets. An upbeat and almost jovial melody triumphs at every turn, while Buble laments with overly keen sentiments about love. For something different altogether, 'Baby (You've Got What It Takes)' sees him exploring a soulful groove. The teaming up with Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings is a successful trip, her voice is especially electric and the song sounds like it has been lifted straight from a Broadway musical.
Well produced, memorable tracks and pleasing cover artwork complete one of this year's most satisfying top ten albums.
I just haven't met him yet!!
Michael Buble is back with another toe tapping, smooth CD. It was released in October of this year and already has been a big hit in my household.
For those of you who have not heard of Michael, he is a Canadian singer and entertainer. He has won a Grammy and multiple Juno awards which are the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. He has a very smooth, very suave persona and this definitely carries over to his music. He is what I guess you would call a modern day Frank Sinatra although I would have to say that he probably still does not have the same success or reputation as Mr Sinatra yet. Having said that I do really like his voice and find him very listenable. He has a very romantic feeling about his songs as most of the songs he does sing are love songs.
What I like about him too is that he is always very smartly dressed and definitely looks the part. I think whenever I've seen him on different shows, appearances etc he is always wearing a nice black suit and usually a tie to go with it. He always seems to be one of the mentors on the X Factor and the contestants always seem to be excited to meet him.
I bought this CD due to the fact that I liked track number 4, "Haven't Met You Yet," which was released into the charts in October this year. According to an article I read, The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 9 making it his first top 10 hit in the UK, eventually climbing up to number 5 in its third week. It's an upbeat song in which he talks about not meeting The ONe yet but wanting to and being excited about it. I think this song has women around the world excited about the fact that they may be the one he is looking for! What I also like about this song is that he wrote it himself which shows some talent as a lot of his albums and songs are cover versions of popular big band songs.
Again a lot of this album features cover versions such as Cry Me a River, Georgia On My Mind and Crazy Love to name but a few. In my opinion he does a good job with each song, putting his own spin on it but still keeping the same essence of each song which I like.
The rest of the album is as follows:
"Cry Me a River"
"All of Me"
"Georgia on My Mind"
"Haven't Met You Yet"
"All I Do Is Dream of You"
"You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You"
"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)"
"At This Moment" (Billy Vera)
"Whatever It Takes"
Michael Buble is a Canadian songwriter who has gained global recognition with his previous smash hits including Home, Everything & Lost. I recently decided to purchase his forth studio album "Crazy Love" so here's my opinions of it.
The album is made up of a combination of classic covers as well as a number of new songs including current single "Haven't Met You Yet". The great thing about his classic covers is he gives them a modern feel and this is very evidents on tracks like "Cry Me A River" and "All Of Me".
The new originals are pretty great too & show a more mature sound from his previous three albums. I also like the fact that there are quite a few different styles featured on the CD making it interesting. The songs in general have some faboulus lyrics and Michael's amazing voice makes them amazing. After a few listens, you'll be singing along too.
If you have heard his previous albums, then you definetly won't be disappointed with this effort. If you're a new fan of his, you'll love this too. I highly recommend this CD for each and everyone, a truly musical masterpiece from the Canadian superstar.
Michael Bublé is a man who started his career ostensibly giving the impression he was stuck in the past but who has become a global superstar by cleverly mining the archives of popular standards and giving them a new, if not always modern, twist. He has, however, always ensured his albums contained at least one radio friendly, middle of the road pop song to help "sell" his albums, and you would have to have been living in a cave to be unfamiliar with tracks such as "Home" and "Lost".
Bublé was born in British Columbia, Canada, in 1975. His vocal talent became apparent in his teens but it wasn't until a chance meeting with David Foster, the legendary American music producer, at a wedding where he was performing, that he got his big break. Foster signed Bublé to his record label and the rest, as they say, is history.
"Crazy Love" is Bublé's fourth studio album, and as ever, is made up mainly of cover versions given the Bublé makeover, with a handful of new tracks.
The album opens with Bublé's version of the Julie London classic "Cry Me A River". London's hit 1956 version was smoky and smooth, famously featuring in the rock n roll movie "The Girl Can't Help It" but Bublé's starts with a dramatic orchestral introduction. The arrangement has clearly been inspired by sixties middle of the road music - the bridge in particular is almost Bondesque in sound - and Bublé's voice is effortless as he emotes on this ultimate karma song.
If you saw the "X-Factor" last week you may have caught Bublé performing this and showing why the show's contestants aren't fit to lace his boots!
Bublé stays firmly in the past with his version of "All of Me" - but this isn't as memorable as the opening track. His voice is predictably smooth but what I particularly enjoyed on this track was the ragtime style introduction and arrangement. Better is his take on the Hoagy Carmichael penned "Georgia on my Mind". Popularised by Ray Charles, this song is a huge one, but Bublé delivers. He keeps his voice restrained and in check, but this doesn't detract from the emotion he manages to convey. The strings add to the poignancy of the vocals and whilst the song is short, it doesn't fail to deliver the money notes.
Bublé gets a little more modern on the title track, a cover version of the Van Morrison classic. Bublé's voice is very different to Morrison's, and I was a little concerned that he wouldn't be able to convey the sheer emotion Morrison's voice can carry, however this works well simply because Bublé stamps his own personality on the song and makes no attempt to compete with Morrison.
"Crazy Love" is crooned well by Bublé but if anything it lacks a little of the spontaneity of Morrison's version. Bublé remains in control vocally throughout the song but there was a part of me that wished he had just let rip at the end. However that kind of singing wouldn't have worked so well with the arrangement on his version which is far more mellow than the original.
"Haven't Met You Yet" is shaping up to be the biggest hit of Bublé's career, although I suspect for many reading this it will have the Marmite effect. Personally, I love the song, which was co-written by Bublé, Alan Chang and Amy S Foster.
Yes, it is infuriatingly optimistic with lyrics and a pop backing track that is deliberately upbeat and which veers dangerously close to cheesy, however there is no denying it is a catchy track and is beautifully and sincerely sung by Bublé. It's this sincerity which probably makes the song so appealing too.
After this Bublé heads back to the past with a song which was popularised by Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly in the movie "Singing in the Rain". "All I Do Is Dream of You" is replete with fifties style barbershop backing vocals and gentle brushing on the drums but a truly vibrant horn section and an effortless vocal from Bublé. This song celebrates the sounds of the past but still manages to sound modern.
Bublé returns to the present with "Hold On", another self-penned track. This is a midtempo ballad in the style of "Home" and features fellow Canadian Bryan Adams on backing vocals. In the hands of a lesser singer this would be bland and dull, but Bublé is capable of adding something special to the song. I suspect this might be a popular wedding song in the future.
On "Heartache Tonight" Bublé takes a classic rock track by the Eagles and turns it on its head, with a new, big band arrangement. On paper this sounds ridiculous, but trust me - it works, and Bublé's voice is just stunning on this track - in the hands of a lesser singer it just wouldn't have worked.
On "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" Bublé heads back to the lounge sound with this pop standard which was popularised by Dean Martin. The piano playing by Alan Chang is particularly good and the strings and horns just take you back to the days of the Rat Pack. Bublé's voice is sensual, emotional and smooth at the same time.
Originally recorded by the late, great Dinah Washington, and Brook Benton in 1960, "Baby (You've Got What it Takes)" features Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings on this jazz tinged duet. Jones isn't in Bublé's league vocally however - she has soul but lacks that effortless style that Bublé is famous for. Overall the song works but it doesn't sound as "modern" as some of the other tracks that have been reworked for the album.
"At This Moment" is a cover version of Billy Vera & The Beater's 1987 US number one hit. This is an out and out love song by Bublé, and the production by David Foster is pleasant enough but is all a little too middle of the road for me, which is unfortunate as Bublé's voice is outstanding on this track.
Listening to this however takes me back to Foster's work with Celine Dion in the 90s and one cannot help but think Foster is resting on his laurels with the production on this track. It's a shame because the song is a beautiful one, but Foster's production lacks the spark to make it special.
Better is "Stardust", featuring Naturally 7 and their excellent doo-wop style harmonies and Bublé keeps things relatively simple on this Hoagy Carmichael classic. Listening to this I cannot help but think it sounds almost as simple as a lullaby but it is, of course, far more complex than that. Bublé manages to capture a bygone era but make it sound fresh on this track.
On "Whatever it Takes", Bublé shares the vocals with fellow Canadian Ron Sexsmith, who also wrote the track. The harmonies sung by Sexsmith and Bublé are particularly endearing, as is the string section on the backing. This isn't the kind of song that is going to set the world alight, but the vocal performances take the song up a notch and make it an a really enjoyable piece of music.
The album rounds off with "Some Kind of Wonderful", a Gerry Goffin and Carole King song that was originally a hit for the Drifters. Bublé retains some of the early sixties sound on his version but gives the song such an individual slant that it sounds bang up to date too.
There is no denying Michael Bublé is a quite outstanding singer - and "Crazy Love" once again showcases his voice to perfection. He has incredible control over his voice yet manages to sound utterly effortless in places.
David Foster is a legendary producer and his work with Bublé is mostly up to scratch but he has a tendency to rest on his laurels in places. This is an accusation which cannot be made against arranger Alan Chang, who has taken some classic songs and turned them on their head with Bublé. In fact I would go so far as to say it is the vocal and musical arrangements which make this so successful from my point of view anyway.
I appreciate many people will view Michael Bublé as someone who is stuck firmly in the middle of the road - and let's be honest - that's a fair comment to make - however he is also a very talented singer and in a different league to so many of the bland and average MOR acts such as Westlife and Michael Ball who have recorded inferior cover versions of his hits in the past.
So cast aside your suspicions that only your granny would like this kind of music, and give "Crazy Love", and Michael Bublé, a whirl - he puts the "easy" into easy listening.
***This review was previously published by me on Ciao***
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Cry Me A River
2 All Of Me
3 Georgia On My Mind
4 Crazy Love
5 Haven't Met You Yet
6 All I Do Is Dream Of You
7 Hold On
8 Heartache Tonight
9 You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You
10 Baby (You've Got What It Takes) - Buble, Michael & Sharon Jones/The Dap Kings
11 At This Moment
12 Stardust - Buble, Michael & Naturally 7
13 Whatever It Takes - Buble, Michael & Ron Sexsmith
14 Some Kind Of Wonderful