Michael Bublé: To be Loved

26 Apr

michael buble to be loved

Michael Bublé: whether you love him or hate him, the man with the winning smile and the jazzy spring in his step is back with his latest album; To Be Loved.

As a seasoned Bublé sceptic, I thought I would struggle to find positive aspects to this album. True, it lacks originality up to a point, and was, admittedly, a little too similar to previous efforts such as It’s Time or Crazy Love, but it is hard to find fault with To Be Loved if you possess millilitre of warm blood in your veins. The man has the voice of an angel, and it glides smoothly across the easy-flowing music as if it was fluttering on outlandish feathery wings. The tracks themselves are the classic Bublé jazz-pop, but a little more relaxed and a little less swingin’ than prior hits such like Haven’t Met You Yet. To put it simply, we are seeing a progression from Christmas party to refined cocktail party. A duet with Reese Witherspoon on Something Stupid injects a note of smooth sensuality into the ensemble, setting the tone for slightly Latin numbers such as Come Dance With Me to get the dance floor warmed up.

Overall, I found To Be Loved to be a pleasant, calming experience, and in spite of my exasperation in the face of an artist as staggeringly cheerful as Bublé, it’s impossible not to feel at least a little cheerful when the final track draws to a close. After all, we all want To Be Loved.

 

By Nastassja Sheppard-Larsen

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