Crooner Michael Buble lends his talents to seven original songs from the movie "Totally Blonde."
Called "Totally Buble," this companion soundtrack showcases the 25-year-old singer’s warm tones and swinging sense of rhythm. Buble was featured in the film as a nightclub singer.
The songs on this CD sound terrific while they are playing, but few are catchy enough to resonate for any extended length of time. The exception is the charming "Me & Mrs. You," which has a nice hook. All the songs were written or co-written by Andrew Van Slee, who wrote and directed the movie.
Buble’s easy, ingratiating way with a song, however, elevates the material. He shows equal aplomb with numbers that swing hard as he does with a tender ballad. It’s no wonder that the young Canadian has been hailed as the "New Sinatra." Discovered by Grammy-winning produce David Foster, Buble released his successful self-titled debut album on Sinatra’s old label, Reprise Records, in early 2003.
It should be noted that the latest disc only has seven songs. Three music videos, however, are featured on "Totally Buble" as a bonus.
Overall, Buble's growing number of fans should enjoy the disc despite its limitations. It has just enough energy to be enjoyable. He is also creating buzz with his live show, which feature not only his singing, but his sense of humor.
Those who do not yet know of Buble should take note of his name. Since the pool of male jazz singers has been fairly shallow, Buble is a fresh addition to the scene.