Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
'Crazy Love', Michael Bublé's first CD in two and a half years, features two original songs along with his always original take on 11 standards from various eras. The multi-Grammy winning artist hunkered down in recording ... more »
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'Crazy Love', Michael Bublé's first CD in two and a half years, features two original songs along with his always original take on 11 standards from various eras. The multi-Grammy winning artist hunkered down in recording studios in LA, Brooklyn, New York and his hometown of Vancouver for the last six months to make his 'ultimate record about the inevitable roller coaster ride of relationships.' The first single, 'Haven't Met You Yet,' written by Bublé (with Alan Chang and Amy Foster) is scheduled to be released to radio on August 31st. Additional tunes on the album include 'Cry Me A River,' 'You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You,' 'Georgia On My Mind' and 'Baby (You've Got What It Takes)' which was performed with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. The title song is a cover of the Van Morrison gem 'Crazy Love.' The CD closes out with a haunting version of 'Stardust' which is performed with the acapella group Naturally 7. The album was produced by David Foster, Bob Rock and Humberto Gatica.
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Solid Set of Standards & Classic Pop Songs
Musac Critic | 10/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The old-time saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" may apply to traditional pop crooner Michael Buble. Indeed, Michael Buble's albums have remained conservative, maintaining the sanctity of classic standards and pop songs. 2009's follow-up 2007's extremely successful Call Me Irresponsible does maintain a sense of classicism that has come to define Buble, but there are some risks taken this go around. Sure, he doesn't ruin or over interpret the classics, but as far as arrangements, orchestrations, and vocal nuances, Buble keeps the classics 'fresh' while also keeping them 'classic.' The album isn't perfect, but it is consistent and bodes well to keep Buble's career afloat. Buble never compromises himself on this album.
Opening with "Cry Me A River", instantly, one hears that Buble wishes to exploit a slightly more adventurous side without 'rocking the boat' too much. The orchestrations here are different but brilliant and add just the right amount of change without ruining the sanctity of the classic standard. Buble, as always sounds top-rate as a vocalist.
"All of Me" scales down the experimentation of "Cry Me A River", seeking to balance between 'innovation' and 'classicism'. While the performance is another 'home-run' for Buble, it doesn't trump the excellent, cutting-edge "Cry Me A River". "Georgia on My Mind", on the other hand, finds Michael Buble at his very best, bringing new, pitch-perfect nuance to the classic that helped to shape Ray Charles' career. "Crazy Love", the title track continues a hot streak for Buble.
Perhaps most unique is "Haven't Met You Yet", which most likely will received mixed reactions from Buble fans. Personally, I think it is a departure for Buble and lays well, though it doesn't necessarily trump Buble's beautiful interpretations of standards and classic pop songs. Good, but no my favorite. "All I Do Is Dream of You" continues to differentiate from previous Buble album. It does so convincingly, given a soulful-sound that hearkens the 1950s.
"Hold On" proves to be a clear valedictory performance on Crazy Love, finding Buble at his most sensitive and best. The acoustic guitar here at the forefront gives this track more a modern pop tinge as opposed to hearkening back to classic pop. The strings are beautiful orchestrated here.
"Heartache Tonight" contrasts the slow, sensitive nature of "Hold On", solidly, though it is the Sharon Jones and Dap-Kings feature on "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" that steals the show. Funky and just overall sensational, "Baby" is certainly like nothing else from previous Michael Buble albums. "At This Moment" finds Michael Buble among the bluesiest I've ever heard. Produced by the phenomenal pop producer David Foster, it is a showstopping performance by all means.
The album closes strongly with "Stardust" and "Whatever It Takes (feat.Ron Sexsmith)". Neither tracks captivate the way that "Cry Me A River", "Georgia" or some of the 'best of the best do', but both are solid and above par.
While 'Crazy Love' isn't revolutionary pop per say, it does find the crooner extending his scope slightly, which is a positive thing. 4 stars."
A Bublé fan, but disappointing
SingingFriar | the OC, CA | 10/18/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I really like Michael Bublé. I think he is one of the most talented singers today with a fantastic and exciting musicality. Unfortunately, this album comes across as just fluff. First of all, the engineering of the recording makes everything sound electronic and processed, particularly the brass and strings. The performances are tight, but this type of recorded sound is so grating and unnatural.
As to the material, I think Michael is really at his best when the voice speaks for itself. This album is full of over-orchestrated, kitschy arrangements. Cry Me a River is just bizarre. The highlights for me are songs like "All of Me" and "Georgia." The new songs aren't particularly memorable or as catchy as previous albums.
Less is more when it comes to great songs. I really hope that Michael returns to the kind of arrangements and music where he invited the listener in and the natural beauty and musical talent spoke for itself."
Love this cd but...
barry | Boston, MA United States | 10/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really do enjoy this cd. Michael Buble is extremely talented as a performer and a vocalist and it is pretty hard for him to do wrong. But he does hit some definite missteps here. When I played it for the first time I was rather puzzled wondering what sort of cd he had tried to put together. It was very different from his others and I had to play it another 5 to 6 times before I really formed my true opinion.
Michaels's previous cds have all emphasized pop standards sung with class and quality in the big band style. He would also throw in a couple of redos of more current songs for fun. He also started to venture into the pop genre with his singles HOME and EVERYTHING. He continues his venture here with HAVEN'T MET YOU YET which seems to be getting mixed reviews. I first found it rather simple but find it to be a fun, playful song on this new cd.
It is obvious that Michael is trying to go more pop on this cd and the result will end up in mixed reactions from fans. What truly stands out is that the styling and interpretations he applies to most of the standards here are just off the mark. CRY ME A RIVER is an emotional song in itself with its heartwrenching lyrics. Rather than emphasize the emotional delivery he has a loud orchestral intro worthy of James Bond lead up to his vocal. It just doesn't work and is over the top big time. The other is STARDUST sung with NATURALLY 7. I felt like I was listening to the Andrew Sisters or even Lawrence Welk. This was such an old fashioned sappy interptretation that has no emotional value. This song also could have been perfect for his vocal gifts.
So he is going pop and the cover of the cd is CRAZY LOVE, a very old song that has been sung by so many and is pure pop candy. He sings it so simple and adds nothing to it. There is no Michael Buble magic. It is a simple filler song on the cd yet he finds it worthy of being the title. I also was excited when I saw he would be singing the pop classic AT THIS MOMENT. Again, he gave a simple rendition of a song that asks to be played with dramatically. I also found the orchestration on YOU'RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU to drag. I kept waiting for it to build a little but this was another rather boring rendition.
What works for me here are ALL OF ME, GEORGIA ON MY MIND, HOLD ON and the real fun HEARTACHE TONIGHT. I went into the flaws I founds so extensively only because this is Michael Buble a singer with vocal and emotive abilities of the highest caliber. There is nothing I hate here or need to skip over. I just wanted to be honest with my review. And the honest truth is even with these flaws I play the cd over and over and really love the new single HAVEN'T MET YOU YET. I even laugh at the over the top drama to CRY ME A RIVER. I really am a hard core Buble fan and give him high kudos for trying to venture out and try different things on this cd. Some small missteps don't take away from this being immensely enjoyable. Sadly, if you really want Michael singing the standards with the big orchestra this cd might not be to your taste. But for those who appreciate the true talent Michael Buble has it will be lots of fun to go on this new venture with him."