The 13 tracks of MICHAEL BUBLÉ’s self-titled debut album announce in no uncertain terms the arrival of a major new talent with a flair for infusing music’s most enduring songs with a fresh, original, and utterly unique sensibility. Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Bublé began absorbing the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Keely Smith, Sarah Vaughan, and Rosemary Clooney, with a liberal sprinkling of Stevie Wonder, Elvis, Bobby Darin, and Ol’ Blue Eyes. By age 17 Bublé already had a wealth of experience, having garnered first prize at the Canadian Youth Talent Search, recorded and released a series of independent albums, and taken part in “Swing,” a traveling musical revue for Red Rock Diner. It was former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, himself a devoted fan of classic pop, who introduced Bublé to fellow countryman David Foster, the multi-Grammy winning producer, performer, and Warner Bros. Records label executive. By the time the young singer performed “Mack the Knife” at the wedding of Mulroney’s daughter, the creative chemistry between the fledgling artist and the accomplished producer was complete.
Bublé was duly signed to Foster’s own 143 Records through Reprise and work began in the spring of 2001 on his major label debut. The result is an album that effortlessly mixes such perennials as “For Once In My Life,” “Fever,” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” with a rousing version of Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” a surprisingly evocative rendition of the Lou Rawls hit “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” and a performance of the Bee Gees classic “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” – performed with the Bee Gees themselves – that takes its place among the best versions of the much-covered song. Bublé brings a youthful energy to these classic tracks, proving the 25-year-old to be at the beginning of a very long career.