Monday, September 17, 2012

#58: Michael Buble - Crazy Love (2009)

By far this is Buble's best album. It doesn't hurt that he covers some of the best American classics, both old and new. However, his fresh approach to these 'untouchable' songs work. They breathe new life into them just to remind us just how truly amazing they are.

All of Me
I've always been a sucker for this song, and while it may be sacrilegious to some: I consider this the definitive version. If I were ever to cover it, this is exactly how I envisioned it going in my head. The horn hits just make the song, plus Buble can sing his ass off. This track provides so many huge moments (like the closing chorus), I absolute adore this recording.

Heartache Tonight
It's always been one of my favorite Eagles songs and when you listen to Buble's version you start questioning weather there were horns in the original. They just fit so well. Tracks like this is why Buble's still selling out all over the world. Like many songs on this album it's a tough track to cover, but Buble rises to the occasion.

Cry Me A River
What an epic horn part to start the song. The whole thing is very bond-ish. Definitely the best track on the album. It just oozes cool. The strings make this track; they take it to the next level. The arrangement calls for them to pop in and out just adding more and more every time. It's a must listen. It's such a departure from the original and it's hard to believe it wasn't meant to be like this from the start.

All in all, it's a solid album. While there's a few tracks that fail to get me going - the majority is very solid. "Haven't Met You Yet" was the single that really propelled this album, it's also just one of the two tracks written by Buble. Not enough can be said about the band that backs him night in and night out. They are a very talented group.

Tomorrow's album: Bill Evans' Sunday at the Village Vanguard.

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