By Jessica Jayne Bouwer|Canadian born, jazz obsessed, Sinatra-styled singer Michael Buble has dazzled fervent fans with the release of his new album “To Be Loved”.
3 years ago, the release of his sixth studio album Crazy Love dug deep into the hearts of fans with autobiographical lyrics and the inclusion of his then fiancé Luisana Lopilato in the music video of Just Haven’t Met You Yet. “I wrote it because I had met this girl and there was nothing solid about anything of it. She didn’t speak English. She had just been in a relationship that was very public for her and so had I (with Emily Blunt). There was every reason to not try to get into this predicament of a relationship, yet I did and it was weird. The song came from that – it was inspired by meeting her.” Buble shared with Australian Newspaper The Age. The song was the first recording by a jazz crooner to reach the Top 30 of the Billboard singles chart since 2003.
“To Be Loved” encapsulates a culmination of emotions. Ranging from the get get-up-and-go “Beautiful Day” which Bublé admits to be quite an “anti-love” song to the “Close Your Eyes” created while sitting at the piano at home and attributed to the strength of women in his life. Bublé’s long-time co-writer and musical director Alan Chang and his producer Bob Rock, also responsible for his Call Me Irresponsible, Crazy Love and Christmas albums helped pen the lyrics. Whether you are 10 years old in your cowboy dress up or heading home from work and get stuck in traffic, when the uppity piano keys strike initiating track number 11, a dose of nostalgia hits with Bublé’s recording of Randy Newman’s “You got a friend in me” from Toy Story. The album opens with “You Make me feels so Young” and closes with “Young At Heart” and the similarity in the songs gives the album a cathartic quality. “You Make Me Feels So Young” took on new interpretations for Bublé now that he has recently become a parent for the first time. “Young At Heart” is all about hope and is Bublé’s “love letter to Mr.Sinatra and his early years on Columbia Records.”
With help from vocal talents of Naturally 7, The Puppini Sisters and The Dap Kings, Bublé has created a scrapbook of songs that accommodate for a range of emotions as well as the perfect combination of Bublé’s personal creations and a few of the good old classics.
Bublé has previously delved into the re-viving the works of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald but the motive behind To Be Loved has the potential to convert fence-sitting fans. Bublé went beyond dosing the classic numbers with his velvety voice that made single fans swoon, he added a personal touch and pronounced passion for music.