Michael Bublé "Christmas" Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:41:09
Michael Bublé is a consummate crooner, and his voice is tailor-made for singing festive, holiday numbers. He is a hybrid of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin for the modern generation that can Tweet on their SmartPhones with one hand and hold a martini in the other. He is at once throwback-y and current—that's not easy to do—but Bublé does it with grace, class, and most of all, infinite style! Bublé is the entire Rat Pack rolled into one.
The singer's latest Christmas offering, simply titled Christmas, is a batch of standards and familiar fare, given the Bublé treatment. It's a holiday marvel, one you will want to blast while wrapping presents; baking Santa-shaped cookies; sipping cider with a cinnamon stick floating in it; and decking the halls. Buble's warm voice is worthy of an invite into all of your holiday parties. He doesn't overdo it with chimes, bells and whistles, either! It's all about that mellifluous voice.
"It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is as warm and toasty as a mug of peppermint-spiked hot cocoa and is true to Bublé's Rat Pack style. His "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" is big-band, old world and epic. He partners with The Puppini Sisters for "Jingle Bells," which has a bass-heavy kick. "Silent Night" is rich and dreamy, and a true showpiece for Buble's voice. He goes spiritual with "Ave Maria," as well. It's the most beautiful he's ever sounded. He turns "Blue Christmas" into a festive room-filler. Every genre and faction of holiday tunesmithing is explored on Christmas.
The best song is "All I Want For Christmas is You," a sweeping re-do of Mariah Carey's bouncy, upbeat original, but Bublé slows it down and gives it a gorgeous, slow and sexy makeover, so much so that it sounds like a different song. He makes the song fit his strengths -knee-buckling, spine-tickling, armhair-raising and utterly romantic crooning—and it's a success. Few artists can take a popular song, cover it and give it such a twist that they reinvent it. But that's just what Buble does. We love the results. We like it a little more than the already-easy-to-love original!
Christmas is nearly 20 songs strong, so all you have to do is pop this in your stereo system when you entertain this holiday season. It's all you need. You can focus on topping off drinks and serving up Angelotti cookies instead of making a party mix for the speakers!
Will you be picking up Christmas?