Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Review: Michael Bublé To Be Loved

I received a free digital download of the album from One2One Network. By posting my review, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have never really listened to any of Michael Bublé's music.  I know, you're probably asking yourself, "Where has she been?"  Feel free to chime in and let me know what I've been missing.  It's not like I haven't been meaning to - I just haven't.  So that's why I jumped at the chance to listen to his new album To Be Loved.  I figured now would be the perfect time to check out Michael Bublé!

About this album:
To Be Loved, out now, finds the Grammy winner covering songs by Frank Sinatra, the Bee Gees, Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, and more. In the mix of golden standards are four original songs co-written by Bublé, dipping into his personal life for inspiration.

"I want to take you on a wonderful journey about love—all different kinds of love," Michael says. "The album swings big time: it rocks, it’s soulful, it’s happy, sometimes a little sad. It’s romantic, it’s yummy, and it’s heartfelt."

Yep - that's what it is!  Yummy and satisfying. It covers the gamut of musicality and emotion, and I really, really like it.  I love the completely upbeat, if a bit irrational, It's a Beautiful Day.  OK, maybe he really was hoping for an excuse to get out of that relationship... It is definitely fun.

I also really like Something Stupid with Reese Witherspoon.  (And, no, the song has absolutely nothing to do with her recent arrest.)  I really like Come Dance with Me - and even more after seeing Michael perform it on Dancing with the Stars, accompanied by some great dancers, of course. I Got It Easy, one of the original songs on this album, is "basically a song where I count my blessings and is a reminder to me and everyone to appreciate all the good parts of life. I’m a very lucky guy and I never want to forget it."  How can you not love that?

Here is the complete list of tracks:
  1. "You Make Me Feel So Young"
  2. "It's a Beautiful Day"
  3. "To Love Somebody"
  4. "Who's Lovin' You"
  5. "Something Stupid" (featuring Reese Witherspoon)
  6. "Come Dance with Me"
  7. "Close Your Eyes"
  8. "After All" (featuring Bryan Adams)
  9. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" (with Naturally 7)
  10. "To Be Loved"
  11. "You've Got a Friend in Me"
  12. "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)" (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
  13. "I Got It Easy"
  14. "Young at Heart"
"Do not think I take my success these last ten years for granted. I was anything but an overnight sensation, which inspires me to deliver big time for my fans—maybe even make some new ones this time out." says Bublé. "I labored over every song, every note and every arrangement because I can’t resist trying to make each record better than my last one."
Call me a new Michael Bublé fan!  To Be Loved is Available now on Amazon and on iTunes.