Album Remarks & Appraisals:
His first two studio albums went platinum and double platinum, and his rendition of Feeling Good sparked the song's return to standards status. Now Michael Bublé offers his most complete studio effort yet, Call Me Irresponsible. Melding the contemporary and the classic way as only he can, the album ranges from I've Got The World On A String, That's Life and the titl e track to Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man, Gamble & Huff's Me And Mrs. Jones, Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight and two new songs co-written by Michael. With Call Me Irresponsible, Michael Bublé becomes irresistible. This version contains a bonus song titled Love.
"Once in a while, you come across an artist who seemingly can do no wrong. Michael Bublé is such an artist. Charismatic, talented and just plain good, the Canadian singer has a way of making every song seem golden.
With a recording career that began in 2003, Bublé has sold more than eleven million copies, establishing him as one of the most popular jazz artists in North America, if not the world. He has been nominated for aGrammy Award, is a four-time Juno Award winner, and his 5.5 million-selling It's Time (Reprise, 2005) holds the all-time record with eighty weeks in the number one slot on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Charts.
Call Me Irresponsible matches Bublé with a plethora of musicians, guest vocalists and arrangers. Backed by the popular West Coast-based Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Bublé sizzles on the opening track, Cy Coleman's "The Best Is Yet to Come, which was made popular by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Bublé goes Latin on "It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera), a high-energy call of "let's make love tonight. Bublé's range and energy are in top form.
The R&B group Boyz II Men joins Bublé for a cover of Mel Torme's hit, "Comin' Home Baby. While maintaining a jazz flavor, this arrangement also captures a soulful element. The horn arrangement gives it extra punch. "Everything, one of two Bublé originals, is the kind of song that helps boost his crossover appeal. It's an upbeat tune that could just as easily score in pop as it does in jazz.
In addition to the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Bublé gets assistance from producer David Foster, who does arrangements as well as plays various keyboard instruments; Brian Bromberg on bass; Dean Parks on guitar; and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, among many others. But it's Bublé who brings it all together. He easily moves from one style to another. And he shows - with Boyz II Men, pairing with Brazilian singer Ivan Lins for Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight and backed by a choir on "Always on My Mind - that he can be just as good when sharing vocals as when he is a soloist. Ultimately, it's the versatility shown on Call Me Irresponsible that further solidifies Bublé as a dominant force on today's jazz scene." -AllAboutJazz
Down Beat (p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This CD is best when Buble wraps himself around the brass and reeds of a straight-up big band....John Hamilton and David Foster also provide a few high spots."
JazzTimes (p.91) - "[Buble] suggests the caramel-smooth creaminess of Steve Lawrence, the sensual warmth of Vic Damone, the swingin' bravura of Dean Martin and the boyish showmanship of Wayne Newton."
Personnel: Michael Bublé (vocals); Graham Dechter, Dean Parks, Heitor Teixeira Pereira, Gerald Clayton (guitar); Michael Landau, Keith Scott (guitars); David Sinclair (acoustic guitar); Frederick Fiddmont, Lee Callet, Rickey Woodard, Thomas R. Peterson (saxophone); Salvator Cracchiolo, Gilbert Castellanos, James Ford , Kyle Palmer, Bijon Watson (trumpet); Daniel Kelley , Steven Becknell, John Reynolds, Joseph Meyers (French horn); Guy Nepus, Ageorge Bohanon, Maurice Spears, Ryan Porter (trombone); Jim Self (tuba); Greg Phillinganes, Alan Chang, Tamir Hendelman (piano); David Foster (Fender Rhodes piano); Norm Fisher, Nathan East, Christoph Luty, Brian Bromberg (bass instrument); Jeff Hamilton , Joe La Barbera, Josh Freese, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Marcelo Costa, Emil Radocchia, Paulinho Da Costa, Rafael Padilla (percussion); Jochem van der Saag (programming); Sharlotte Gibson, Antoinette Scruggs, Salvadore Lozano, Clorishey Lewis, Ken Stacey, Rev. Dave Boruff, Phillip Teele, Donald Smith, Gary Foster, Joel Peskin, Alan Kaplan, Lisa Vaughn, Louis Price, Lynne Fiddmont, Mervyn Warren, Emily Blunt, Anthony Field, Rick Baptist, Siedah Garrett, Valerie Pinkston, Wayne Bergeron, Bill Liston, Charles Loper, Daniel Fornero, Bruce Otto, Windy Wagner, Carmen Carter, Bryan Lipps, Beverley Staunton (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Ivan Lins, Boyz II Men (vocals).
Michael Buble ranks among the best of the contemporary crooners working in a classic pop-vocal style, and his 2007 album, CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE, further refines his suave, smooth style. With its finger-snapping big band arrangements, the album has its share of homage to Frank and Dino, both obvious cornerstones of Buble's music. But this isn't merely a retro exercise; the tunes, the production, and the overall feel are decidedly contemporary.
Stylistically adventurous versions of songs by Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, and Willie Nelson keep things lively, while "Everything," a Buble original, is one of the album's highlights. Still, cuts like the lead-off track ("The Best Is Yet to Come") and the old chestnut "I've Got the World on a String" will give listeners looking for some elegant, back-in-the-day pizzazz exactly that.