Michael Bublé

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There will NEVER be another Frank Sinatra. It’s just not possible. What he did for American entertainment can never be duplicated, yet that doesn’t mean we cannot discover the next best thing; especially nowadays when we have maybe one or two great “original” crooners left, like the legendary Tony Bennett.

However there are some superb younger performers that have grabbed the attention of mainstream America and vocal standards fans like myself. Harry Connick Jr and Peter Cincotti come to mind. Probably the most popular of them all is Canadian artist Michael Bublé. He has sold millions of records and performed all over the world. He has really brought a lot of energy back to the great American song book.

Comparing Bublé to Sinatra would not be fair,for he has an undoubted style of his own. I have been collecting his albums for a number of years, and his choice of material remains eclectic to say the least. When he covered Henry Mancini’s ‘It Had Better Be Tonight’ , the soundtrack number from the first Pink Panther film, I became aware of an artist with an encyclopedic knowledge of popular song who does his homework.

In comparison to Sinatra, he has a softer lounge delivery, not so much commanding his listeners ears as caressing them. Whilst Frank was king of the world for many years, Bublé is just happy to be in it. He should be, for the torch has been passed and more than resides in his capable hands.

Recommended listening

Christmas (2011) Extended version (2012)

Right up there with some of the all time great festive collections – Bing Crosby’s “Merry Xmas” (1949), “Elvis’ Xmas album” (1957), “A Jolly Xmas from Frank Sinatra” (1957), Nat King Cole’s “The Magic of Xmas” (1960), “Phil Spector’s Xmas album” (1963), and “The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album” (1964) – this 2011 release might contain precious little new material, but Bublé nonetheless puts his undeniable romantic spin on the proceedings.

Featuring several guest duets – The Puppini Sisters on ‘Jingle bells’ & ‘Frosty the snowman,’ ‘White Christmas’ with Shania Twain and best of all, Thalia on the exuberant ‘Mis Deseos / Feliz Navidad’, the album cuts the predictability cord with two surprise entries – a cover of Eartha kitt’s ‘ Santa baby,’ and the original ‘Cold December,’ co-written by Michael with Alan Chang and Bob Rock.

Re-released in 2012 with four bonus tracks, it’s easily the crooner’s best ever selling album with combined sales in excess of 6 million in the UK and America alone.


Michael Bublé Official Website