Friday, March 26, 2010

Crazy Love by Michael Bublé

Crazy Love is Grammy award-winner Michael Bublé's latest CD and it, too, proves to be a winner. Bublé has style, class, and a relaxed sensuality that is effectively delivered in this latest offering. I found his rendition of Cry Me a River dramatic and powerful -- quite an unexpected surprise. He then adeptly switches gears by delivering a soulful and smooth Georgia on My Mind, demonstrating that he is a master of versatility.

Only two of the thirteen songs on the CD are originals, Haven't Met You Yet and Hold On, both co-written by Bublé. Haven't Met You Yet shines with an upbeat melody and lyrical optimism. I was moved by the title track, Crazy Love, written by Van Morrison. It's one of those tunes I can listen to over and over. The vocals on it are mellifluous and mellow. Of all the songs, I was most curious as to how Bublé was going to cover the Eagle's Heartache Tonight. Could he possibly do it justice? The answer is a definite yes. The arrangement is jazzy with a touch of grittiness, a perfect choice.

Bublé has a knack for interpretation. He can take the familiar, add new life to it, and then totally make it his own. His duet with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on Baby (You've Got What it Takes) proves exactly that. One can actually hear the smile in his voice. Bublé collaborates with Naturally 7 on the romantically infused Stardust, giving the song special character and feeling while transporting the listener back to a different era and simpler time. Look for Crazy Love by Michael Bublé on the VBPL catalog. It won't disappoint. You may also want to try the smooth sounds of Norah Jones and John Mayer.

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