Thursday, May 9, 2013

Album Review: To Be Loved by Michael Bublé

To Be Loved is Michael Bublé’s new album that includes a mixture of classics and four original songs co-written by Bublé himself. “After All," one of the four originals was co-written and performed by fellow Canadian Bryan Adams. This new album also includes several hits previously recorded by famous artists such as the Bee Gees' “To Love Somebody”, Dean Martin’s “Nevertheless (I’m In Love With You”), the Jackson 5's “Who’s Loving You”, Jackie Wilson’s “To Be Loved”, Randy Newman's "You've Got A Friend In Me", and Elvis Presley's “Have I Told You Lately”. Michael Bublé and Reese Witherspoon sang the classic Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet “Something Stupid”. I don't think Reese's voice worked well with Michael's :).

To Be Loved Track Listing:
1. "You Make Me Feel So Young"
2. "It's a Beautiful Day"
3. "To Love Somebody"
4. "Who's Lovin You"
5. "Something Stupid" (featuring Reese Witherspoon)
6. "Come Dance with Me"
7. "Close Your Eyes"
8. "After All" (featuring Bryan Adams)
9. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" (with Naturally 7)
0. "To Be Loved"
11. "You've Got a Friend in Me"
12. "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)" (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
13. "I Got It Easy"
14. "Young at Heart"

I enjoyed listening to this love-filled CD. It's romantic and sweet. Love songs with many flavors. Orchestra. Old-fashioned style. Upbeat ("Come Dance with Me" made me want to dance). Jazzy. Light-hearted and fun. Heartache. Passion. Admiration. My favorite tracks are "To Love Somebody", "Close Your Eyes" (very sweet), Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" (this one gave me goosebumps), "To Be Loved", and "I Got It Easy". Michael's rendition of "You've Got A Friend In Me" is quite good, too. I would love to see Michael write more songs in the future. He did a great job with the four songs he co-wrote.

"I want to take you on a wonderful journey about love—all different kinds of love," Michael says. "The album swings big time: it rocks, it’s soulful, it’s happy, sometimes a little sad. It’s romantic, it’s yummy, and it’s heartfelt." "I wrote Close Your Eyes about my wife and about the power of all the women in my life—my sisters, my mom, my grandma and all women in general. Let’s face it, where would we be without them? I Got It Easy, another original, is basically a song where I count my blessings and is a reminder to me and everyone to appreciate all the good parts of life. I’m a very lucky guy and I never want to forget it."

~ I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free download of the album in exchange for my honest review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

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