JazzTimes - p.134
"[T]errifically relaxed, genuinely hip..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1013 stars out of 5
- "[H]e's talented and he knows his stuff. He even creates something of his own on the original country-ish ballad 'Home' and the super-charged swing arrangement of 'Can't Buy Me Love'."
Personnel: Michael Bubl‚ (vocals); Nelly Furtado (vocals); Brian Green , Brian Green (guitar, acoustic guitar); Heitor Teixeira Pereira, John Chiodini, Anthony Wilson (guitar); Brandon Jenner (acoustic guitar); Jeff Clayton , Keith Fiddmont (alto saxophone); Rickey Woodard, Charles Owens (tenor saxophone); Lee Callet (baritone saxophone); Gilbert Castellanos, Sal Cracchiolo, Kyle Palmer (trumpet); George Bohannon, Ira Nepus (trombone); William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (bass trombone); David Foster (piano, keyboards); Tamir Hendelman (piano); Brian Bromberg (bass guitar); Frank Capp, Jeff Hamilton (drums); Neil Devor (programming); Dean Parks (guitar); Michael Thompson (electric guitar); Dan Higgins (flute, saxophone); Jochem van der Saag (harmonica, organ, programming); Chris Botti (trumpet); Randy Waldman, Alan Chang (piano); David Tull, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Rafael Padilla (percussion); Debbie Timuss (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Humberto Gatica; Al Schmitt.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Chartmaker Studios; Henson Recording; Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA; Record Plant; Signet Sound; Village Recorder, West Los Angeles, CA; Warner Bros. Sound Stage.
Photographer: Olaf Heine.
Arrangers: David Foster; John Clayton, Jr.; Don Sebesky; Jeremy Lubbock; Jerry Hey; William Ross ; Bill Holman.
Michael Buble's third major US release (including the mostly live COME FLY WITH ME) stays on message--this young Canadian loves the lush, swaying music of his parents' and grandparents' generations. Buble's albums, however, are much more than mere back-in-the-day exercises. The production and arranging of David Foster (Celine Dion, Josh Groban) is eclectic in a way that firmly places the tunes at the dawn of the 21st century, and, more importantly, Buble possesses the chops and sense of style to re-imagine the adult-contemporary vocal genre in a distinctive manner. In addition to standards by Gershwin and Porter, Buble embraces a variety of sounds, from Motown ("How Sweet It Is") to bossa nova ("Quando, Quando, Quando" with Nelly Furtado) to the Beatles ("Can't Buy Me Love" with a "She Loves You" tag). With his smooth croon and charming persona, Buble is a natural performer, and, for fans of fearlessly romantic and infectiously swinging music, IT'S TIME is a sure bet.