Album Review: Michael Buble's "Nobody But Me"

“This world is a scary place. People need a tent in the rain. I’m here to take you away for a few hours, entertain you, allow you to escape, to know there can be hope and that romance is still alive and well.” -Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK. He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album “It’s Time” and his 2007 album “Call Me Irresponsible” which reached  number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200, the Australian ARIA Chart and several European charts.

Bublé’s 2009 album “Crazy Love” debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 after three days of sales and remained there for two weeks. It was also his fourth number one album on the Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart. His 2011 holiday album, “Christmas,” was in first place on the Billboard 200 for the final four weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012, totaling five weeks at the top of the chart. “To Be Loved” was released in April of 2013 following his “Christmas” album.

This fall, Bublé released his 7th studio album “Nobody But Me” on October 21st on Warner Bros./Reprise Records which follows up his No. 1 “To Be Loved” album which was released in 2013. The multi-Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum artist’s new album is co-produced by Bublé, which is a first for a Canadian. The music includes amazing reinventions of classics including “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, “The Very Thought of You”, Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows” and the Johnny Mercer classic “I Wanna Be Around.” Guest artists include Meghan Trainor and Black Thought of the Roots.

Bublé said that following his two- year journey with the To Be Loved Tour and some quality family time, there were still plenty of standards that he would  love to record and wanted to challenge himself this time with his new album and get out of his comfort zone. He said he wrote with new collaborators and got deep into the trenches with his band. He co-produced for the first time. He was inspired by the film “Straight Outta Compton” where a bunch of friends get together in a room and create music. That’s what inspired him to get his band together and create this album.

The title song and single “Nobody But Me” was a huge hit. It’s enough to get you moving and out of your seat. The music video deputes a 1970’s game show theme called “Nobody But Me” and was a love game show. The dancing, rhythms and beat  definitely make you want to get up and dance and sing along with Bublé in his new album. Another standout on the album is the song “Someday” with Meghan Trainor (written by Harry Styles and Trainor) where the vocal blending of Bublé and Trainor’s voices magically harmonize together. One of Bublé’s favorite cuts is the Brian Wilson “God Only Knows” which Bublé is “vocally undressed” and totally unembellished by production which creates an intimacy with the listener that is both haunting and heartbreaking. The ever-romantic Bublé also includes the magnificent “The Love of Mine” which was co-written by Bublé himself.

“Nobody But Me” is a highly recommended album. The new beats and rhythms Buble and his team created are by far the best he has created.