The Canadian singer-songwriter returned to the studio with a new perspective on life and a renewed commitment to honouring the music he has always loved…
“I didn’t anticipate returning to recording or performing and I was fine with that. My entire world view has changed completely these last few years. I wanted to spend all my time with my wife and kids. That was my focus. During that time, I also learned how much love and humanity is out in the world from the prayers and good wishes we received. But slowly, along with understanding what my priorities in life are, I began to feel a new commitment to express the emotions and lessons I’ve embraced. My end game for the new record was to create a series of short cinematic stories for each song I chose and have it stand on its own. I’m so proud of what we accomplished,” says Bublé.
Bublé co-produced ❤ alongside stalwart David Foster, and together they brought new love to several rich classics from the American Songbook.
“I have stories to tell on this record. It’s all there in the songs.”
The album opens with the idealistic and dreamy When I Fall In Love before segueing into the haunting take on My Funny Valentine. Other standouts are an ebullient When You’re Smiling, a swinging Such A Night as well as Bublé’s hand-picked favourites including Unforgettable, Help Me Make It Through The Night, and I Only Have Eyes For You.
The album closes with a show-stopping version of Where or When, and leaves the listener wanting more – always a good thing when it comes to ❤, especially when it finds the multi-Grammy winning artist at the very top of his music powers.
“I have stories to tell on this record”
Bublé goes on – “Whether I am the narrator, the observer, the main character, the dreamer, the broken-hearted guy at a bar or having the night of a lifetime, I have stories to tell on this record. It’s all there in the songs.
I have had so many blessings in life and one of them is that I hold the torch to keep these songs alive for generations to come. I take the responsibility very seriously.”