Friday, October 16, 2009

Buble's Crazy Love ups and downs

It's predictable...
It's unoriginal...
It's chart-topping "Pop"...

So, why is Michael Buble's latest studio album, Crazy Love, worth listening to? Because it's really freakin' good!

It's exactly what the young listeners of today need reminded of...Big Band-style music with soaringly powerful vocals humming out simple and honest lyrics has a place in your earbuds! In a sense, Buble's lucky because his competition is very very slim in the crooner/jazz category. He's younger than Harry Connick Jr. And, he has more experience and market presence than Chris Mann.

Quick vitals on Buble: He's sold over 22 million albums worldwide. His previous album "Call Me Irresponsible" (2007) grabbed a Grammy and was a #1 album in over 15 countries. "It's Time" (2005) holds the record as the longest running title to remain on the Billboard Traditional Jazz charts. 80 weeks! He has had two #1 singles, "Everything" and "Home."

The highlight of the album for me is right off the bat with Buble's cover of the old jazz standard Cry Me A River. Originally performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Buble's version is everything the piece should be. Brilliant big band backing. Beautifully articulated notes. An absolutely gripping song. 5 stars.

It's downhill from there. But, not in a sinking-to-the-bottom-swirling-the-drain sort of way. In a gentle-coasting-this-is-nice-dinner-party sort of way.

All Of Me is nice.

Georgia On My Mind is alright.

Crazy Love is very enjoyable.

Composed largely of arranged covers, Buble did pen himself the biggest hit of the album so far in track #5. Haven't Met You Yet. It's catchy. Happy. Well done.

Then, we sort of just pace through the rest of the album. Nothing's "bad" but nothing rises above the first half of the cd either.

Least favorite: The cover of Eagle's classic Heartache Tonight seems really forced to me. I skip it every time.

Most favorite: Opening track and Buble's cover of Van Morrison's hit (the title track on the album) Crazy Love. In part because I like it. And, in part because Mrs. Blonde likes it enough that I think it gets her in the mood. -Mr. Blonde

For more there is a nice short CNN interview with Michael Buble here.

Thank you One2OneNetwork for the chance to review the album.

{Blondes, Poop & Mascara was given a copy of this album at no cost with the expectation that we would write an honest review on the release.}

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Less Naughty. More Nice. Sugar Apple Design

{Less Naughty. More Nice. is a way for me to promote amazing products with reviews and giveaways! I am sharing ethically produced products in advance of the Christmas buying season. I have a heart for fair trade, eco-friendly and U.S. made companies. I am receiving no financial compensation for these promotions. However, I have received sample product in order to supply you an authentic and honest review. The event ends November 11.}

Sugar Apple Design is an eco-conscious caribbean inspired clothing company. Dedicated to using organic fabric and non toxic inks they print on items made in the good ol' U. S. of A. Wow! I wish I could say that about all of my clothing items. Someday!

This very fun company was created by Shaunda Chiumento, an artist living in St. Thomas from the age 0f 5. All of these designs are her creations.

I very much enjoy Sugar Apple Design. It's fresh, fun and simple. An expression of Shaunda's appreciation for the Caribbean environment she adores.

I got the chance to check out the black and green palm tree design. The quality material looks amazing on. And, seeing a palm tree on my shirt in late October in the MidWest is enough to keep me just a bit warmer.

I also got to review the super cute orange and blue seahorse onesie for little Boatboy.

If you are looking for a gift or to start purchasing with more social consciousness check out Sugar Apple Design. They have so much to offer!

Thanks Sugar Apple Design for allowing me to review your products!