Michael Buble "To Be Loved"

Michael Buble "To Be Loved"

Michael Buble

To Be Loved (Reprise Records)

5 stars

The Canadian crooner is back with his eighth studio album, which is sure to have fans worldwide singing for joy. But the question is: will it have critics raising their glasses?

Michael Buble has undoubtedly been the greatest success story for big band crooners, in this century, since the tones of legends such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme and Tony Bennett (to name but a few).

From humble beginnings in Canada, where he worked as a fisherman with his father while pining to become a jazz singer, eventually winning the Canadian Youth Talent Search, Buble never stopped singing. His chance introduction to producer David Foster would ensure the rest would become history.

Since then, Buble has released some beautiful studio albums, including It's Time (2005), Call Me Irresponsible (2007), and Crazy Love (2009), with praise received from fans and critics alike.

He had changed the face of big band music for the newest generation.

This has brought a mass of pressure for Buble to deliver on his new release, To Be Loved, and he has a lot to deliver to keep both fans and critics impressed.

On his website, Michael is quoted as saying, "My new record is about love, happiness, fun and yummy things.''

This recording brings the standard Michael Buble format for his albums, with 10 covers of jazz standards such as Dean Martin's Nevertheless (I'm in Love With You), appearances from Reese Witherspoon, Bryan Adams, Naturally 7 and the Puppini Sisters and four original songs including It's a Beautiful Day.

The album takes one word to sum up: perfect.

The production process on this record is squeaky clean, and Michael's voice seems to be getting better and better with each release.

He will more than likely tour soon.

Ten dates have been set already for the O2 Arena in Britain, which of course will be a must-not-miss chance for jazz lovers and Buble fans.