Michael Bublé, "Crazy Love"


There's always been a bit of crazy in the way Canadian crooner Michael Bublé has structured his repertoire, love songs and otherwise; he has the standards down, but he's certainly not trapped in the Great American Songbook. The curveballs on Bublé's fourth studio release, "Crazy Love," give the album some additional cheek, whether it's the finger-snapping take on the Eagles' "Heartache Tonight," the samba-flavored groove of Ron Sexsmith's "Whatever It Takes" or Dinah Washington and Brook Benton's "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)," a slinky R&B romp with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. He also holds his own on a treatment of the Ella Fitzgerald staple "Cry Me a River" (which sounds like a potential James Bond movie theme) and the Van Morrison-written title track. Meanwhile, the single "Haven't Met You Yet"-one of two Bublé writing credits on the album-is a Merseybeat pastiche that seems about to break into "All You Need Is Love" at any minute. "Crazy Love" is another step in Bublé's creation of his own kind of songbook, and there's nothing necessarily crazy about that.-Gary Graff