Album Review: Michael Buble’s “To Be Loved”

As per tradition, Michael Buble‘s new album To Be Loved brings back swingin’ standards and old favourites treated with the Canadian crooner’s classy yet cool modernized interpretations.

This time around, the smooth-voiced singer presents his renditions of the Bee Gees (“To Love Somebody”), Smokey Robinson (“Who’s Lovin’ You”), Frank Sinatra (“Come Dance With Me”), and Jackie Wilson (the title track, “To Be Loved), and features special guests in the forms of actress Reese Witherspoon (“Something Stupid”), acappella group Naturally 7 (“Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”), and the retro vocal trio The Puppini Sisters (“Nevertheless (I’m In Love With You)”) for some inspired collaborations.

Nostalgia is a running theme throughout this album, which is evident by the choices of “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “Young at Heart” as the opening and closing tracks.

On that note, my favourite cover on this record is Bublé’s jazzified version of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” – otherwise know as the theme song to the childhood classic, Toy Story.

The album also includes four original songs co-written by Bublé: “I Got It Easy”, “Close Your Eyes”, “After All” (with Bryan Adams), and the lead single, “It’s A Beautiful Day“.

Michael Bublé is Old Faithful when it comes to making music that makes people swoon and smile, and To Be Loved is guaranteed to have listeners swooning, smiling, and supremely satisfied!

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