He’s got a love story to share
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