October 29, 2010
New Albums: Taylor Swift and Michael Buble
Taylor Swift – Speak Now
I think it may be safe to say that Taylor Swift’s Speak Now is probably the most anticipated album of 2010 (at least thus far), and she’s back with some force! Her new album is incredibly emotional and more grown-up than Fearless.
It has been two years since the release of Swift’s powerhouse album Fearless, which, to-date, has sold over 6 million records in the United States alone. The release of Speak Now is supposed to be gigantic: it has been projected that the album will sell close to 900,000 copies in its first week alone. (Wow!) That being said, it’s a well-deserved hit of an album.
Of course, the first couple of singles “Speak Now” and “Back to December” are good, but I also like “Sparks Fly” and “The Story of Us.” Plus, there’s also the controversial and crazy-emotional “Dear John,” which has been dissected, and most people have concluded that it is about her romantic fling with John Mayer.
Michael Buble – Crazy Love Hollywood Edition
Almost exactly a year after he released his album Crazy Love, Michael Buble is back with an extended version of the album. However, there are an astounding eight more tracks that he’s added to it, calling it the Hollywood Edition. That makes sense, since he released a single from the extended play, and it’s called “Hollywood.”
I love Michael Buble and his voice. It’s been a long time since a real crooner has come back onto the scene since the Rat Pack in the 60s. No, Michael Bolton does not count as a crooner. Anyway, say what you will about Buble, but you cannot deny that he has an amazing voice. Plus, there are also four live tracks on the Hollywood Edition, and in each one you can hear just how perfect he sounds live. I don’t know anyone who performs as well as he does (without lip syncing).
This album, like all of his others, does include a lot of covers compared to the original tracks. But hey, that’s what crooners do. They sing the greats, make them their own, and excel. Why not do what you know and what you do so well? Makes sense to me!
All 21 of these tracks are worth having, so check out Crazy Love Hollywood Edition today!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am