Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé

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Canadian crooner Michael Bublé makes an auspicious debut, showcasing his mellifluous voice and classic-pop sensibilities. The twenty-five year old arrives under the auspices of Paul Anka himself, who helped choose tunes for Michael Bublé, including his own "Put Your Head on My Shoulder." While his smoldering looks and swinging tempos suggest a newSee more details below

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Canadian crooner Michael Bublé makes an auspicious debut, showcasing his mellifluous voice and classic-pop sensibilities. The twenty-five year old arrives under the auspices of Paul Anka himself, who helped choose tunes for Michael Bublé, including his own "Put Your Head on My Shoulder." While his smoldering looks and swinging tempos suggest a new-model Harry Connick, Bublé has more pop appeal than the New Orleans heartthrob, offering renditions of songs by the Bee Gees and George Michael. Appearances on the Today show and the daytime soap Days of Our Lives, where he portrayed himself, should draw plenty of eyes -- and ears -- to this young talent.

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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Unlike most young guys who gravitate towards the latest rock or rap trend, Michael Bublé chose to study the classic works of pop vocal masters like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra while slowly developing his own technique and career as a vocal interpreter. Thanks to producer David Foster, the 25-year-old Bublé has graduated to the big time with a self-titled debut disc that shows off his knowledge and appreciation for a style of music that is mostly unfamiliar to his generation. Swinging his way through a set of pop standards both classic ("The Way You Look Tonight"), and more recent ("Moondance"), Bublé already possesses a quality that reaches beyond his youthfulness, with a voice that incorporates his influences into a sound that is fresh yet familiar. When he launches into a standard like "Come Fly With Me," images of Sinatra are conjured up; but as the song progresses, the listener realizes that this is not Sinatra, or Bobby Darin, or any other famous vocalist. It is someone who has learned the art of popular song and is creating his own colorful music from shades of the past. In doing so, Bublé throws a fresh coat of paint on an old standard like "Fever," and gives it a satiny sheen that the song hasn't seen in years. In addition to revitalizing the classics, he draws in a younger audience by covering more recent, rock-era songs in a swinging gloss. Songs like George Michael's "Kissing a Fool" or Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" are jazzed up even further than their retro-based originals, and flow easily alongside the standards. The only interruption comes when Barry Gibb guests on his own "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," with a reverb-laced vibrato that simply does not fit in this musical environment. Throughout the disc it is apparent that Bublé has done his homework and aced the test, but there is always room for improvement. Sinatra haunts his vocals a bit too much on songs like "Summer Wind," and there are moments throughout the disc when he forces his technique instead of following a natural cadence, but these minor criticisms will improve with time; and nothing can really diminish the sheer pleasure and joy he expresses in each performance. He sounds absolutely thrilled to be singing these songs, and that goes a long way in making Michael Bublé an exciting debut.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624837626
catalogNumber:
48376
Rank:
1053

Tracks

  1. Fever  - Michael Bublé
  2. Moondance  - Michael Bublé
  3. Kissing a Fool  - Michael Bublé
  4. For Once in My Life  - Michael Bublé
  5. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart  - Michael Bublé
  6. Summer Wind  - Michael Bublé
  7. You'll Never Find Another Love  - Michael Bublé
  8. Crazy Little Thing Called Love  - Michael Bublé
  9. Put Your Head on My Shoulder  - Michael Bublé
  10. Sway  - Michael Bublé
  11. The Way You Look Tonight  - Michael Bublé
  12. Come Fly With Me  - Michael Bublé
  13. That's All  - Michael Bublé

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bublé   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
George Michael   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Alan Brandt   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Henry Mayer   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Bob Haymes   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Hans Bradtke   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Programming

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