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Michael Bublé: Call Me Irresponsible

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Navigating one of the sharpest ascents since Sinatra wowed the bobbysoxers, Vancouver crooner Michael Bublé’s blend of simmering charm and pop perspicuity often appears manufactured with assembly-line precision. Still, there’s no denying the guy’s got his finger on the populist pulse.

Comparisons to Sinatra have been both plentiful and, perhaps, inevitable-this latest disc includes “That’s Life”-but the truth is that, in terms of both style and attitude, he more closely resembles the greatest Sinatra wannabe of all time, Bobby Darin, particularly here on a finger-snappin’ “The Best is Yet to Come.” But Bublé also 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.

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