Michael Bublé Michael Bublé
2003 Reprise Records
SQ Issue: Summer 2004, Volume 14, Issue 3
Piano: Michael Melvoin, Randy Waldman, David Foster; Bass: Brian Bromberg, David Foster; Drums: Dave Tull, Vinnie Colaiuta, Frank Capp, Joe Labarbera; Guitar: Michael Thompson, Dean Parks, John Pisano, Heitor Pereira; Percussion: Rafael Padilla, Dean Parks; Trumpet Solos: Gary Grant; Synthesizer: Neil Devor, Felipe Elgueta; Saxophones: Bob Sheppard, Dave Boroff
This kid can really swing. That, in a nutshell, sums up the extraordinary appeal of a 25 year-old Vancouver vocalist with a gift for making some of the greatest songs of all time entirely his own. Website.
This is a pretty good CD for a few reasons. First off, Bublé is a pretty decent singer and he surrounded himself with great musicians. I find 7 of the 13 songs good for swing dancing. Second, Bublé has jazzified some recognizable pop songs like Van Morrisons Moondance, George Michaels Kissing a Fool and Queens Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Both Moondance and Crazy are okay songs that are danceable but what I like best about these two songs, as well as Michaels, is that these types of songs should have crossover appeal. What better way to attract the attention of pop music fans? Take some of their songs and make them swing. A great way to attract new jazz fans.
I found Bublés singing to be okay for the better part of the CD. I thought Fever could have a little more passion in it. Its pretty straight forward singing and he could have really grabbed you with a little more feeling in his singing.
Songs I thought were better than average were For Once in My Life, Summer Wind and Come Fly with Me; all Sinatra standards. There will never be another Chairman of the Board but Bublés covers are a nice compliment.
There are some songs better left to the original artists. Two worth mentioning are How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, a Bee Gees cover and Youll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, a Lou Rawls cover. Neither grab you nor do they offer any reason to stop listening to the much better original versions. Ironically, Barry Gibb offered backing vocals for the former song.
I see Bublé as the boy version of Norah Jones. He should gets some acclaim nationally (or internationally, I should say, since hes a Canadian) for his work and its a good effort at mainstreaming jazz for a Britney Spears world.
Bottom Line: To buy or not to buy .. Go ahead and buy it!