Michael Buble mixes it up on album of standards, original songs

Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:31am EDT
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By Andrea Burzynski

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With a son on the way and a new album with more original songs than ever, Michael Buble is venturing into uncharted territory without letting go of his personal or artistic roots.

"To Be Loved," the 37-year-old Canadian singer's follow-up to his 2011 "Christmas" album, mixes standards inspired by jazz, Motown and even the Bee Gees, with tracks written by Buble as well as collaborations with Bryan Adams and Reese Witherspoon.

"I wanted everything to be soulful," Buble told Reuters.

The album grabbed the top spot on the U.K. Billboard chart the week of its April 15 release there, and is poised to take the top U.S. spot after debuting stateside this week.

Buble said that he was inspired to write more of his own songs such as the single "It's a Beautiful Day" after receiving a positive response to previous originals like "Haven't Met You Yet" and "Home."

Still, he remains committed to the classics that first made him famous.

"I love writing songs, but the truth is I love doing thoughtful, great covers too," he said. "It'll never get to a point where I have a record that comes out of all originals."

"To Be Loved" has received mostly positive reviews especially for the classic tracks, though a few critics found the album uneven. Buble said that his most important reviews come from his fans.   Continued...

Canadian singer Michael Buble poses for a portrait while promoting his new album 'Michael Buble: To Be Loved' in New York April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid