CD | Easy Listening | 16 Nov 2018
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The Canadian singer-songwriter returned to the studio with a new perspective on life and a renewed commitment to honoring the music he has always loved.
“I didn’t anticipate returning to recording or performing and I was fine with that. My entire world view has changed completely these last few years. I wanted to spend all my time with my wife and kids. That was my focus. During that time, I also learned how much love and humanity is out in the world from the prayers and good wishes we received. But slowly, along with understanding what my priorities in life are, I began to feel a new commitment to express the emotions and lessons I’ve embraced. Whether I am the narrator, the observer, the main character, the dreamer, the broken hearted guy at a bar or having the night of a lifetime, I have stories to tell on this record. It’s all there in the songs. I have had so many blessings in life and one of them is that I hold the torch to keep these songs alive for generations to come. I take the responsibility very seriously. My end game for the new record was to create a series of short cinematic stories for each song I chose and have it stand on its own. I’m so proud of what we accomplished” commented Bublé.
Bublé co-produced his new album and brings new love to several rich classics from the American Songbook. The album opens with the idealistic and dreamy “When I Fall In Love.” It also includes a haunting take on another Rogers & Hart standard, “My Funny Valentine.” Other standouts are an ebullient “When You’re Smiling,” a swinging “Such A Night” as well as Bublé’s hand-picked favorites including “Unforgettable,” “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” and “I Only Have Eyes For You.” Two standout tracks are Charlie Puth’s swinging “Love You Anymore” and an achingly poignant “La Vie En Rose” - a Bublé duet featuring singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. A touching Bublé penned original ‘Forever Now” demonstrates his songwriting skills, which were previously shown in such Bublé written hits like “Home,” “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “Everything.” The album closes with a show-stopping version of “Where or When.” 'love' was produced by David Foster, longtime collaborator Jochem van der Saag and Michael Bublé. The trio brought Bublé’s visions to life with luscious arrangements surrounding his rich vocals.
Review of Michael Buble - Love To by Thomas Bleach
Reaching a huge milestone, Michael Buble celebrates the release of his tenth studio album with a selection of classic and cinematically inclined love songs. The appropriately titled record ‘Love’ continues his previously set structure of reimagining old swing and jazz songs with his modern pop approach. As he croons through the soaring instrumentation of ‘When I Fall In Love’ he will have you quickly swooning at his smooth vocals. ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, ‘My Funny Valentine’ and ‘Such A Night’ continue this classic approach that hears him cementing himself next to some of the old-time greats. He then polishes up the delivery slightly with the modernised influence of ‘Love You Anymore’ and ‘Forever Now’ which hears him tapping into a different vocal technique. It’s less classically trained and hears him crooning less and singing more. But one of the albums stand out moments is the Cecile McLorin Salvant duet of ‘La Vie En Rose’ which is a beautiful and touching addition to the album. This collection of tracks hears him returning to his jazz roots and whilst the pop influence is still intact its not as heavy as his previous couple of records. It’s a great little presents idea for your mum that may get her to stop playing his Christmas album for 38 minutes over Christmas lunch.
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Release Date: 16 Nov 2018
Artist: Michael Buble
Catalogue No: 9362490343
Category: Easy Listening
1. When I Fall In Love
2. I Only Have Eyes For You
3. Love You Anymore
4. La Vie En Rose
5. My Funny Valentine
6. Such a Night
7. Forever Now
8. Help Me Make It Through The Night
10. When You're Smiling
11. Where Or When