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Review: Michael Bublé takes listeners on a fantastic musical journey with his ‘Higher’ album

On March 25, Grammy-winning artist Michael Bublé released his highly-anticipated new studio album “Higher” via Warner Records/Reprise Records.

Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé. Photo Courtesy of Norman Jean Roy
Michael Bublé. Photo Courtesy of Norman Jean Roy

On March 25, Grammy-winning artist Michael Bublé released his highly-anticipated new studio album “Higher” via Warner Records/Reprise Records, and it is utterly fantastic.

This record is comprised of three tunes that were co-penned by Bublé and several timeless classics. It was produced by Greg Wells and Bob Rock along with Alan Chang, Jason “Spicy G” Goldman, and Sir Paul McCartney.

Michael Buble cover art
Michael Bublé ‘Higher’ cover art. Photo Credit: Norman Jean Roy

“Higher” is the crooner’s first studio album in three years and it follows his very successful sold-out two-year world tour “An Evening With Michael Bublé.”

It opens with his infectious lead single “I’ll Never Not Love You,” which instantly lures his fans and listeners in this magnificent collection. It is followed by the stirring love ballad “My Valentine,” which was written and produced by Sir Paul McCartney himself, and the resonant “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.”

Equally enthralling is his soaring version of “Make You Feel My Love.” It immediately breaks into the nonchalant “Baby, I’ll Wait” and the title track “Higher,” which is sheer bliss.

Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson joins Bublé on “Crazy,” (which Nelson wrote that subsequently became Patsy Cline’s signature tune) and the result is sublime. Their rumbling vocals blend well together and produce one remarkable musical event.

He delivers an invigorating take on Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” and he tips his hat to Duke Ellington with “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and does the jazz standard justice. Another highlight tune is “Mother,” where he showcases his crisp, velvet vocals.

Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé. Photo Credit: Norman Jean Roy

After “Don’t Take Your Love From Me,” the album closes with an exquisite rendition of Barry White’s “You’re My First, My Last, My Everything” and on a powerhouse note with the expressive “Smile,” where he is joined by a gospel choir and leaves his audience wanting to hear more.

“Higher” is available on digital service providers by clicking here.

The Verdict

Overall, Michael Bublé charms on his latest studio offering “Higher.” It is perhaps one of the most captivating albums of his career, and it should have Grammy written all over it.

Every song on this record is eclectic, and it has its own beating heart. It stands out lyrically, sonically, and vocally, especially since Bublé’s voice is smooth as silk. He is able to move his listening audience on an emotional level, and he emerges as a true song stylist. It is evident that the contemporary pop throne still belongs to Michael Bublé. “Higher” earns five out of five stars. Bravo.

For more information on Michael Bublé and his new album “Higher,” visit his official website, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

Read More: Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos chatted with Michael Bublé about his latest studio album “Higher.”

Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé. Photo Courtesy of Norman Jean Roy.
Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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