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Super voice and Super-slick production
on 10 March 2005
Michael Buble can certainly sing, and swing. His clean and clear voice, and phrasing, at present quite reminiscent of Bobby Darin, is still on this album a bit too smooth and polished for comfort, but the potential is there and with time he could yet (if he wants to) be a worthy successor to Sinatra.
Like Sinatra, his less successful performances are when he tries to cover modern(ish) pop songs - on the last album it was a Bee Gees song, on this one it's the Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" which ends up as a bit of a dog's breakfast. However, most of the others push the right buttons vocally, not just the traditional big band numbers but also the collaboration on "Quando..." with Nelly Furtado, and Stevie Wonder's plaintive "You And I".
One big surprise is "Home", jointly written by Buble himself. In style it's like a fish out of water here, because the tune is pure country and western - it's just begging for one of Nashville's finest to pick up on it and have a huge hit with it - but it does suit his voice and shows that some of his attempts at versatility will work.
The only real drawback with this album is the super-slick sound production, alluded to in the Amazon review above. Track 7, "The More I See You", stands out head and shoulders above all the rest - it's vibrant and alive, and the backing band are real and alive, even if they have been recorded in several places. The rest of the album, or "project" as Buble himself refers to it in the sleevenotes, is so processed and compressed it's like listening to it in a soundproofed booth. I suppose if you like using closed headphones you'll love it, but I don't; what's more, although the solo instruments are real, the backing brass and strings are not, and you can tell they're not, and that is unforgiveable.