He’s got a love story to share

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MICHAEL BU­BLE (WARNER)

He’s com­ing out of his Christ­mas cage and he’s been do­ing kinda fine. Af­ter a very pub­lic, pri­vate fam­ily ill­ness, the Cana­dian is back to do­ing what he does best — telling love sto­ries, new and sec­ond­hand.

And here he’s with the su­per­pro­ducer (David Fos­ter) with whom he started it all.

There’s a heal­ing feel­ing too — that heart emoti­con on the ti­tle is there for a rea­son be­yond be­ing mod­ern.

But it’s all kinds of love ex­plored — from the lonely long­ing of When I Fall In Love to the pre­ci­sion pas­sion of I Only Have Eyes For You.

Fos­ter se­ri­ously amps up the drama on My Funny Valen­tine,

while steer­ing the Brat Pack swing and joy of Such a Night and When You’re Smiling, which tap di­rectly back to his de­but al­bum, but with more swag­ger un­der his belt now.

Jazz singer Ce­cile McLorin Sal­vant duets bilin­gually on

La Vie En Rose, while there’s a coun­try twang to Help Me Make It Through the Night.

The orig­i­nals in­clude Char­lie Puth’s Love You Any­more, which fits Bu­ble’s brief of in­stantly time­less and you’d imag­ine Puth is kick­ing him­self he didn’t keep it. Oh well, at least Chuck has Wiz Khal­ifa and 3,860,249,699 YouTube views to keep him com­pany.

The al­bum’s real heart opens via Bu­ble orig­i­nal For­ever Now, writ­ten for his fam­ily and it’s clearly deeply per­sonal, es­pe­cially af­ter his son Noah’s can­cer treat­ment (he’s com­ing out the other side). Bu­ble has said he’s re­tir­ing from mu­sic soon be­cause he no longer “has the stom­ach” for the in­dus­try.

Where Or When is a song that’s 80 years old but could well be Bu­ble’s most pow­er­ful vo­cal since his trade­mark take on Cry Me a River.

VER­DICT The Bu­ble al­bum you don’t have to re­tire on Box­ing Day

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