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MICHAEL BUBLÉ - CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE - WARNER MUSIC
Record Rating: *****

MICHAEL BUBLÉ - CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE Canadian crooner Michael Bublé made an auspicious debut on the charts in 2003, showcasing his mellifluous voice and classic-pop sensibilities. His smoldering looks and swinging tempos had him being hailed as the new-model Sinatra and won him a fanatical word-of-mouth fanbase along the way ~ a fanbase which includes Rod Stewart, Bee Gees, Madonna & Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

Bublé’s third studio album Call Me Irresponsible is a wonderfully, even perfectly crafted group of originals and covers that accent his deep crossover appeal as both a jazz and pop musician. Fortified by the meaty big band and strings arrangements, his phrasing on the disc’s 13 tracks is very keen and uncanny in the way it works with simple rhythmic structures, and his tone is rich and warm; it’s little wonder that this album went to #1 on the US charts. He’s also got solid taste in the classics he covers ~ who could argue with old Sinatra standards like The Best Is Yet To Come (the words are emblazoned on Sinatra’s tombstone!), I’ve Got The World On A String and of course, the title track Call Me Irresponsible ~ as well as newer classics like Elvis Presley’s Always On My Mind and Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight (a duet with Brazilian superstar Ivan Lins). He’s also tapped into one of Sinatra’s greatest strengths: he isn’t afraid to show a little heart-on-the-sleeve sentimentality.

Hear Bublé’s subtle take on Ole Blue Eye’s That’s Life and just try to suppress a tear. His own retro-styled written tunes (Lost and Everything) are also nestled comfortably amongst the standards, making this a more interesting set overall than his preceding albums. Up-to-date in approach, yet classic in manner, Call Me Irresponsible sidesteps nostalgia while reminding us that everything old really is new again. A full two thumbs up experience; you won’t be disappointed.

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