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Michael Bublé's brush with his idols

The singer is nominated for Grammys in the same category as Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand, but his humor keeps him down to earth.

December 11, 2010|By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

After working in tandem on his first three albums with adult pop maestro David Foster, who also brought Josh Groban to the world's attention, Bublé wanted to try something new as he was working on "Crazy Love." He drafted Metallica producer Bob Rock to supervise several tracks on the album, which resulted in some rougher edges on "Crazy Love" that Bublé concedes probably turned off some older fans.

"I've got two thoughts about stuff like that," he said. "The first is, if it's not broken, why are you fixing it? At the same time, if you have this vision artistically, you've got to go for it. You can't worry about hurting people's feelings; you've got to do what you've got to do."

One of the biggest breaks Bublé made from his past was to record songs essentially live in the studio. Where he'd been used to recording countless takes that were then stitched together by way of ProTools, it's been a revelation for him to sing live while surrounded by the supporting musicians, which is the way he says he wants to continue to work in the studio from now on.

"If the audience wants to follow the artist's journey and the evolution of what they do, then I don't think it's too big a risk [to branch out]," Cavallo said. "What's great about Michael is, he can try something new, and if it feels good, he knows it. He's also talented enough to know that if it's not working, he's not going to put it out….

"He's still really young," Cavallo said. "In some ways, he's just getting going. I think he's going to be around for a really long time."

randy.lewis@latimes.com

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