Nobody But Me

Nobody But Me

by Michael Bublé

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Overview

Ever since crossing over with his 2005 soft rock hit "Home," Michael Bublé has attempted to balance his love of traditional jazz standards with his knack for sincerely delivered contemporary pop material. It's something his similarly inclined crossover contemporaries, from Harry Connick, Jr. and Jamie Cullum to Josh Groban and Diana Krall, have all attempted with greater and lesser degrees of success. Even before them, legends like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole regularly strayed beyond the pages of the Great American Songbook, hoping to wrangle the odd country & western, polka, or latest British Invasion hit into submission. That said, Bublé is arguably the best at doing the crossover dance. Blessed with a warm, inviting voice and attractively louche stage presence, Bublé is a 21st century Bobby Darin; a mutable lounge act who knows when to swing, when to play it straight, and when to pepper a lyric with just enough tongue-in-cheek to let the hipsters know that you smell the cheese too. It's a multi-layered skill set that's helped him achieve a level of mainstream success on par with that of his more pop-oriented peers. Not surprisingly, he keeps the dance going with his slick, superbly executed ninth studio album, 2016's Nobody But Me. Co-produced by Bublé along with a cadre of big-name pop producers including Johan Carlsson, Alan Chang, Jason "Spicy G" Goldman, and the Monsters & Strangerz, the album is not dissimilar from the Canadian artist's past works. Here, we get a handful of well-curated standards, from a jaunty reading of the Matt Monro classic "My Kind of Girl" to a lush, orchestral take on "The Very Thought of You" to a brightly swinging, Sinatra-esque version of "My Baby Just Cares for Me." And while it's Bublé's finely honed talent for delivering these urbane, time-tested songs that remains the foundation of his appeal, he continues to defy easy categorization with his various forays into newly penned, modern radio-ready pop. Cuts like the crisp, '50s rock-meets-2000s-hip-hop title track, the twangy and soulful "Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrow," and the ukulele-accented duet with Meghan Trainor "Someday," are peppy anthems that make the most of Bublé's charm. Ultimately, that Bublé can successfully transition on Nobody But Me from the uber-earnest acoustic guitar boy band romance of "I Believe in You" to the giddy, mandolin-soaked, Dean Martin-pastiche of "On an Evening in Roma (Sotter Celo de Roma)" and make both work is at the least an enviable skill and at best, a kind of pop magic. Very few of his contemporaries can do that and nobody but Bublé can own it like he does here.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2016
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624917663
catalogNumber: 557730
Rank: 19898

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bublé   Primary Artist
Mattias Bylund   Horn Engineer

Technical Credits

Frank Sinatra   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger,Orchestration
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
William Ross   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Chris Walden   Arranger,Orchestration
Michael Bublé   Composer,Producer
Brian Warwick   Engineer
Sol Parker   Composer
Alan Chang   Composer,Producer
Bryan Lipps   Composer
Johan Carlsson   Composer,Producer
Umberto Bertini   Composer
Jason Goldman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements
Adam Greenholtz   Engineer
Noah Passovoy   Engineer
Sam Holland   Engineer
David Larson   Composer
Ross Golan   Composer
Erik Kertes   Composer
Sandro Taccani   Composer
Chris Reynolds   Engineer
Ryan Lerman   Composer
Sadie Vimmerstedt   Composer
Tom Jackson   Composer
Cory Bice   Engineer
Ryan Enockson   Engineer
Meghan Trainor   Composer
Harry Styles   Composer
Henry Sanicola   Composer
Nan Fredricks   Composer
Filip Bekic   Composer
Calle Ask   Composer
Frans Povel   Composer
Jeremy Lertola   Engineer
Robert Magnus   Composer

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