x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden

Little to complain about here as the singer proves his mettle, especially on songs he has penned himself.

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Churning out old swing hits for a middle-aged female audience is not likely to win anyone top marks in the cool stakes. Yet Michael Bublé, who is rarely mentioned without a Harry Connick Jr comparison, has somehow managed to emerge from the fray with some street cred. That may be down to his choice of girlfriend - now ex - the actress Emily Blunt. But more likely, it's thanks to his earthy roots (his father is a fisherman) and his easy, self-effacing rapport with the fans. Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden is perhaps a case of money for old rope, since it documents the last date of a two-year tour to promote his album Call Me Irresponsible. But with an accompanying DVD complete with backstage footage and interviews with the band, it may provide his more ardent fans with an excuse to add to their collection. The majority of the numbers are covers, from Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man to Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love. And Bublé, who doesn't play the piano so is instead forced to create a hefty stage persona, is the consummate entertainer. His voice is polished, but it is during his self-penned numbers that he really shows his mettle: you can practically hear the audience swoon during Lost, and his performance of the sweetly nostalgic ballad Home seems, after two years of touring, heartfelt. He may not be a mould-breaker, but for those who are suckers for some light swing in a good suit, Bublé's your man.