Breathing new life into a type of music that Sinatra sang and Nelson Riddle conducted takes a heck of a lot of breath support and support is what this Michael Buble's CD seemed to have in the making of it. David Foster producing, Paul Anka executive producing, Barry Gibbs singing back-up, Mandel, Foster, and Costa arranging. Whoa! It didn't hurt to plug a few power cords into these legendary sources.
Unequivocally and indubitably, this is a new sound coming out of an otherwise vintage music type. Buble's voice displays the confidence and emotional range which are qualities often only mastered by old-time craggy crooners. Often, the cruel irony in music is that by the time you learn how to sing and life experiences provides you with something to say, your voice wears out. But apparently Buble's wine has aged before he did. His voice is strong and vital. And all the technicals are there--amazing breath support, super control, fine-tune pitch, mellifluous tone. And he doesn't sing with a tight throat like Sinatra.
Buble's phrasing is Carmen McRae quality. McRae always had the ultimate respect for the word and so does Buble. Words have endings and Buble finishes them off nicely without a pedantic harshness. Then, like McRae, Buble puts the words together and tells a story. The magnificent singer not only effectively conveys a musical idea, but also attaches a verbal idea to it. The result is rich.
This Buble CD incorporates newer songs with the usual standards and its a real nice blend. The offering of songs are varied yet connective--that has got to come from a strong sense of who Buble is and what he can do. Apparently, he can do a lot.