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Friday, October 16, 2009

Review: Michael Buble - Crazy Love

Michael Bublé - Crazy Love
2009, 143/Reprise Records

Michael Bublé is back with his latest, an album entitled Crazy Love. The multiple Grammy-winning Bublé turns introspective and autobiographical on Crazy Love, which features 11 standards/covers and two original tracks. Bublé has sold over 22 million albums around the world, and his 2005 release, It's Time, holds the records for the longest run on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Charts at two years (with 80 weeks at #1). Guests on Crazy Love include the acapella group Naturally 7, and Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings. Production responsibilities were shared between David Foster, Bob Rock and Humberto Gatica.

Bublé opens with a darkly modern take of Cry Me A River. With a martial air, Bublé illuminates the song in bright new fashion while holding on to it's classic nature. All Of Me is done in more classic style with a touch of Vegas flair. Bublé does a good job with Georgia On My Mind, but I have been forever spoiled by the late, great Ray Charles on this song. Bublé's version is good but just doesn't stand up to the original. Bublé does much better with his cover of Van Morrison's Crazy Love. This is a classic song that mixes elements of Folk, Rock and Soul, and Bublé and his ensemble work magic here. Bublé opens up to a Broadway meets The Partridge Family style tune with the ebullient Haven't Met You Yet. This is a hopeless romantic's tune with a bouncy chorus you won't be able to get out of your head. Bublé is inspired here, and the arrangement as a whole plays to all of his strengths in a golden Pop moment.

Bublé visits the 1950's for his rendition of All I Do Is Dream Of You. The collective spirit of Louis Prima and Bobby Darin shines down on this particular number in one of the brightest moments on Crazy Love. Bublé creates a moment of musical déjà vu with Hold On, a song so instantly familiar I was certain it was a cover. This is an incredible tune that could be a pop classic, sounding like something that might have been written by Elton John or Billy Joel. Bublé goes Honky-Tonk with a live jazz/rock cover of The Eagles' Heartache Tonight. This is a fun version that's a bit livelier even than the original and certain to inspire some dancing. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You is done in classic Sinatra style and paves the way for Baby (You've Got What It Takes), featuring Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings. This is the highlight of the album, as singing with Sharon Jones seems to bring out a more soulful side of Bublé.

Bublé's cover of Billy Vera & The Beaters' At This Moment is another bit of magic. Bublé sticks pretty close to the original here, and while his voice may be prettier he doesn't hope to match the sound and heart of Billy Vera. Nevertheless, Bublé's performance is dynamic in it's own fashion and serves the song very well. Accapela group Naturally 7 lends their vocal talents on Hoagie Carmichael's Stardust. The result is a rendition that sounds like a young Bobby Darin singing with The Mills Brothers. The vocal arrangement here, in particular of Naturally 7, helps to build a classic sound for one of the greatest compositions of the twentieth century. Bublé closes out with the Latin-styled Whatever It Takes, a song of love and devotion that's a bit cliché but sweet.

Michael Bublé does it again. Crazy Love is the sort of transitional album that will allow Bublé to keep his traditional fans while beginning to build more present among folks with slightly more modern tastes in music. Crazy Love is certain to continue Bublé's string of Gold and Platinum albums while earning him serious Grammy consideration. Crazy Love is the work of a consummate professional at the top of his game.

Rating: 4 Stats (Out of 5)

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