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Album review: Michael Bublé - To Be Loved

Michael Bublé is hampered by a choice of songs which throws his talents into an unfavourable light.

Michael Bublé
To Be Loved

Watching Michael Bublé live in concert, it isn't difficult to see how he became quite so phenomenally successful: those boyish looks and that mischievous charm.

On record the magic is a little harder to locate, however. The hugely popular Canadian is actually a remarkably undistinguished singer, restricted by a narrow range and further hampered here by a choice of cover songs that throws his talents into an unfavourable comparative light.

To Be Loved - Bublé's sixth studio album - features faithful but unflattering attempts at soul classics (To Love Somebody, previously mastered by Nina Simone, and Smokey Robinson's Who's Loving You), much-loved movie themes (Randy Newman's You've Got a Friend in Me, from Toy Story) and a couple of standards synonymous with Sinatra, including a painfully flat duet with Reese Witherspoon on Something Stupid.

Much better attuned to Bublé's pop-friendly vocals are the four original compositions co-written by the singer, particularly the sunshine-fuelled It's a Beautiful Day, and a lively collaboration with his compatriot Bryan Adams, After All. New material, Michael: it's the way forward.


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