Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: Michael Buble - "To Be Loved"


To me, Canadian singer Michael Buble is almost more entertaining when I see him talk or act on shows like SNL or on BBC's "Graham Norton Show". He just seems SO genuinely nice, humble and very funny (Hamm and Buble, anybody?). I'm not a huge fan of the old standards that he tends to cover, but I liked his previous albums, especially "Crazy Love", quite a bit (love his original song "I just haven't met you yet").

His new album, called "To Be Loved", is in similar crooner style - love songs, mostly cover versions, with a few original songs strewn in. My favorite one is called "It's a beautiful day" - go on, listen to it a few times. It took me a while to realize what the lyrics were about...   

"I want to take you on a wonderful journey about love—all different kinds of love," Michael says. "The album swings big time: it rocks, it’s soulful, it’s happy, sometimes a little sad. It’s romantic, it’s yummy, and it’s heartfelt."  

One negative aspect: Unfortunately, to me, several songs sound a little lifeless and overproduced... I even thought I heard some autotuning, which I really dislike.

"To Be Loved" track listing:

1. "You Make Me Feel So Young"
2. "It's a Beautiful Day"
3. "To Love Somebody"
4. "Who's Lovin You"
5. "Something Stupid" (featuring Reese Witherspoon)
6. "Come Dance with Me"
7. "Close Your Eyes"
8. "After All" (featuring Bryan Adams)
9. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" (with Naturally 7)
10. "To Be Loved"
11. "You've Got a Friend in Me"  
12. "Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You)" (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
13. "I Got It Easy"    
14. "Young at Heart"

Disclaimer: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the album to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ivanka Trump's New Fragrance


Thanks to the StyleWatch Style Hunters network, I received a full sized bottle of Ivanka Trump's new scent. I like it - it's very light, floral-oriental; maybe a little too powdery-sophisticated for me, but the blend of "sparkling Italian bergamot, lush apple, and pink peppercorn" (phew!) is definitely nice. For an Eau de Parfum, the scent disappears rather quickly, but I'd love to get the body lotion. Oh, and the bottle is just freakin' gorgeous!