Buoyed by the popularity of the hit contemporary pop ballad "Home," singer Michael Bublé's 2005 album, It's Time, clearly positioned the vocalist as the preeminent neo-crooner of his generation. Bublé's 2007 follow-up, Call Me Irresponsible, only further reinforced this notion. Not only had he come into his own as a lithe, swaggering stage performer with a knack for jazzing a crowd, but he had also grown into a virtuoso singer.
Due, no doubt, to the success of his adult-contemporary smash ”Home,” the neo?Rat Pack crooner makes a few too many soft-rock concessions on his new studio disc. Crazy Love. Covering the Eagles, as Bublé does with a hokey version of ”Heartache Tonight,” seems way beneath a singer with his level of style. Still, there’s no denying the sexy-jerk swagger Bublé brings to ”Cry Me a River,” which here sounds like a Bond-movie theme, or to ”Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes),” a funky duet with Brooklyn soul sister Sharon Jones.
MICHAEL BUBLé"Crazy Love" (143/Reprise) Michael Bublé is a master at juggling musical attitudes, and his new CD, “Crazy Love,” whose title comes from the Van Morrison song, is his most confident balancing act yet. Mr. Bublé respects the Sinatra tradition but doesn’t try to slavishly copy ….