February 7th, 2006 10:14 EST
Michael Buble's 'It's Time' Album Review
Matthew Kent (Editor) notes: Maria Grella writes yet another album review as she shows SOP readers her perspective of Michael Bublè`s album, "It`s Time". Grella has also showcased several other album reviews for the Student Operated Press in the past.
This is definitely not your grandparents swing music! Michael Bublè`s album, It`s Time, is a compilation of songs from yester-year with a modern touch. Despite minor quarks, the album flows well and has a romantic feel to it, a perfect background for Valetine`s Day.
Feelin` Good " does exactly that for the listener; Bublè`s first track starts off in a wonderful way. His voice has a sexy swagger; it`s steady, controlled and full of attitude. The confidence is evident in the interpretations of the lyrics. The big band sound that dominated the music standards of 1940s and 1950s is alive throughout most of the tracks.
Collaborations on It`s Time include a duet with Nelly Furtado and a love song featuring trumpet player Christ Botti. Quando, Quando, Quando " has a soothing calming effect, and manages the loungey sound without being too over the top; there is no sense of "Vegas-cheese` present. Furtado does a decent job with her vocals, but they don`t match the light and breezy quality Michael`s does. Song For You " is accompanied by Botti`s almost annoying trumpet, and perhaps adds to why this tune sticks out. Though the song has potential, the brassy instrument ruins the mood, and the lyrics aren`t convincing.
Pop standards covered can never be heard without the comparison of great vocals such as those found in the Rat Pack; Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Still, Bublè understands this and puts his own style into classics. A Foggy Day (In London Town) " is reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, with the exception of louder music production, resulting in a pop for extra punch. I`ve Got You Under My Skin " can`t live up to Sinatra`s version, yet by inserting his own slang, Michael gives it new life.
The More I See You " excels with lower, deeper tones, however, the scatting should be left to the professionals. Bublè`s voice tends to get slightly gruff and forced when he digs deep down for added emotion. Try A Little Tenderness " also accomplishes what the title suggests. There is an unnecessary change in tone at the ending; the entire song should have remained in the tender piano sounds. The result is seemingly harsh and too loud.
Other unusual covers are incorporated into this album. Can`t Buy Me Love " is a jazzy take on the Beatles` classic, and almost medley-sounding with a quick beat in the verses and a slowed down chorus. How Sweet It Is " maintains a bluesy, rock vibe, heavy on the harmonica, piano and guitars. Among the tracks that`ll get the body moving is the flirtatious Save The Last Dance For Me ", complete with a Latin flair. Other unusual covers are incorporated into this album. Can`t Buy Me Love " is a jazzy take on the Beatles` classic, and almost medley-sounding with a quick beat in the verses and a slowed down chorus. How Sweet It Is " maintains a bluesy, rock vibe, heavy on the harmonica, piano and guitars. Among the tracks that`ll get the body moving is the flirtatious Save The Last Dance For Me ", complete with a Latin flair.
Ballads include You Don`t Know Me " and Home ". You Don`t Know Me " is a song of longing but is done in an almost pompous sort of way. The mood of the song should match with the tone; it should be slowed down, sung softer. Home ", an original composition, is more suitable with today`s pop music scene. It tells of a lovely sentiment about being homesick. You And I ", which was written by Stevie Wonder, would do well as a wedding song. The lyrics are pretty and the music is subtle, not overpowering in any way.
It`s Time is a great introduction to swing music and standards of long ago, and offers the chance to hear nontraditional songs put to similar sounds. Overall, this second studio album will put the listener in a romantic mood, with a few tracks to get the body dancing.