Music review

Music review

Love is in the air

What can a singer do when he has a good voice, but not enough songs written with good vocals in mind. Go for the golden oldies. And that is what exactly Michael Buble does, adding his vocal touch to several hits from the past besides, of course, four original songs.

To Be Loved is Michael Buble’s 7th studio album, which features 14 tracks, including four new original songs and interpretation of 10 classic covers. The album opens with jazz classic You Make Me Feel So Young, popularised by Frank Sinatra. Buble’s version doesn’t stray too far from the standard, which is how it should be. It’s A Beautiful Day, a new track, sounds similar to his classic Haven’t Met You Yet. Perhaps he is piggyback riding on a hit formula. Hollywood Actress Reese Witherspoon joins Buble on the classic Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet Something Stupid. Why Reese Witherspoon, you wonder. Publicity, obviously. However, After All is an original track which features fellow-Canadian Bryan Adams. It’s rocky, peppy and up-tempo. It is the only rock style song in the album, the others being balladic love songs. Elvis Presley’s classic Have I Told You Lately That I Love You features Naturally 7.

The 10 classic covers include Bee Gees’s To Love Somebody, Jackson’s early 1970s hit Who’s Lovin You, Dean Martin’s Nevertheless, a jazzy track that features The Puppini Sisters. Young At Heart is Buble’s take on Frank Sinatra’s classic. It outclasses many other cover versions. Come Dance with Me is another great jazz standard covered well by Buble. I Got It Easy is another original song with good, clean lyrics, like all his other songs (Never been in trouble, And never got hurt/ Never had to struggle,/ And never had to work.....Lord, I’ve got it easy!)

To be loved
Michael Buble
WB Records, Rs 395

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