BY BILLY SUTER
AFTER a two-year break from public life to spend time with his family, crooner Michael Buble is scheduled to release a new album on November 16, a collection carrying only a red heart as a title, but pronounced ‘love’.
Featuring a lushly orchestrated version of the classic When I Fall in Love, the multi-Grammy-winning artist’s new collection marks his eighth studio album fit Reprise Records, and has been labelled as his most romantic record to date.
The Canadian singer-songwriter returned to the studio with a new perspective on life and a renewed commitment to honouring the music he has always loved, a record company spokesman said.
“I didn’t anticipate returning to recording or performing and I was fine with that. My entire world view has changed completely these last few years. I wanted to spend all my time with my wife and kids,” Buble has said.
“That was my focus. During that time, I also learned how much love and humanity is out in the world, from the prayers and good wishes we received.
“But slowly, along with understanding what my priorities in life are, I began to feel a new commitment to express the emotions and lessons I’ve embraced. Whether I am the narrator, the observer, the main character, the dreamer, the broken-hearted guy at a bar or having the night of a lifetime, I have stories to tell on this record. It’s all there in the songs.
“I have had so many blessings in life and one of them is that I hold the torch to keep these songs alive for generations to come. I take the responsibility very seriously.
“My end game for the new record was to create a series of short cinematic stories for each song I chose, and have them stand on its own. I’m so proud of what we accomplished,” added Buble.
The singer co-produced his new album and brings new love to several rich classics from the American Songbook.
The album opens with the idealistic and dreamy When I Fall In Love and includes a haunting take on another Rogers & Hart standard, My Funny Valentine.
Other standouts are an ebullient When You’re Smiling, a swinging Such a Night, as well as Buble’s hand-picked favourites, including Unforgettable, Help Me Make It Through The Night and I Only Have Eyes For You.
Two standout tracks are Charlie Puth’s swinging Love You Anymore and an achingly poignant La Vie En Rose, a duet featuring singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.
A touching original, song Forever Now, demonstrates Buble’s songwriting skills, previously shown in such hits as Home, Haven’t Met You Yet and Everything.
The new album, which closes with a version of Where or When, was produced by David Foster, longtime collaborator Jochem van der Saag and Michael Buble.
Bublé has sold over 60 million records, performed hundreds of sold-out shows around the globe, and won four Grammys and multiple Juno Awards during the course of his extraordinary career.
At two recent. sold-out shows in London’s Hyde Park and Dublin’s Croke Park, he received an overwhelming welcome back to the stage from more than 100 000 fans.