Michael Bu­ble: Home for the Hol­i­days

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tele­vi­sion - Ian Cuth­bert­son

Satur­day, 6.30pm, Seven Oh, ad­mit it — you se­cretly love Canadian crooner Michael Bu­ble. Well if you don’t, enough of us do to put his Christ­mas al­bum — this year with four ex­tra tracks — at the top of the ARIA al­bums chart this week. Yes, the same al­bum, mi­nus those four tracks, topped al­bum charts across the world last year. In fact the only thing to out­sell Christ­mas last year was Adele’s 21. How­ever, de­spite his amaz­ing abil­ity to flog prod­uct, Bu­ble re­mains in­tensely lik­able. Christ­mas mu­sic spe­cials can fall flat­ter than pan­cake Tues­day, but this one re­ally is a cracker. Bu­ble first ap­pears in a clever col­lage of Canadian cliches as a Moun­tie, a hockey player, a lum­ber­jack and a Vancouver shop­per, mim­ing to Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! be­fore he turns up in front of a fren­zied home-town crowd in Vancouver. If you’re in need of a lit­tle dash of Christ­mas spirit, this should do the trick. Watch out for a solo by Rod Ste­wart ( The Christ­mas Song) as well as duets with Ste­wart ( Win­ter Won­der­land) Elmo from Se­same Street ( All I Want for Christ­mas is My Two Front Teeth) and, in­cred­i­bly, White Christ­mas with Bing Crosby, a Christ­mas spirit if ever there was one. Stun­ning tech­nol­ogy al­lows the two not just to ap­pear on the stage to­gether, but to pull off be­guil­ing ban­ter and sing like a pair of angels.

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