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Nice, but its a quirky production
28 November 2018
Bought this because it has some of my all time favourite songs on, but I have to admit, some of the arrangements are a bit quirky. Particularly so on My Funny Valentine, where they've sacrificed a beautiful melodic harmony in order to vamp it up to a modern 'James Bond' influence. Some of the orchestrations are a bit slow and heavy, giving a few of the songs a very 'old fashioned' feel, and not in a good way. While we're happy to revert back into 40's mode with Buble and Big Band, there's a couple on this CD that throws you into 30's mode, and the mix up just doesn't work well. But, going back to the old ways has at least offered an opportunity once again to hear the lower range of Buble's beautiful tones, the sounds we all fell in love with when he first arrived in the UK. This has been so missing in recent years while he has been doing the light-jumpy-pop stuff that had both pointless lyrics and annoying tunes. So it's nice to have him singing some songs of substance once again.
It is right what people are saying about the packaging. It comes only in a cardboard sleeve (and this deluxe version had a small booklet tucked inside also). So if you're gifting it, you might want to bear that in mind. But on the same note, we live in times where we should be stopping the use of any plastic, so I actually think they've made a good choice.