Michael Buble is one of the most adept tightrope walkers in the business.
The Canadian crooner showed off his legerdemain Friday night at the TD Garden, expertly navigating the line between solemn and silly, goofy and sexy, and swagger and gratitude.
If by chance something had gone awry in Buble’s charm offensive, he had two vital safety nets: a sizzling band — including horns and strings — and a voice capable of pretty much anything he asked of it.
And he asked plenty in the nearly two-hour show as he sidled and slid across his sleek stage, hopscotching with ease from the Great American Songbook (“You Make Me Feel So Young,” “I’ve Got the World on a String”) to the Motown catalog (“I Want You Back,” “Who’s Lovin’ You”) to pop classics (Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” the Bee Gees “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”). If his enthusiasm occasionally got the better of his precision, it was a blip in the greater celebration.
Buble should take note, however, that his own self-penned contemporary pop hits — including the buoyant, sweet, and sour romantic bookends “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “It’s a Beautiful Day” — drew some of the biggest cheers of the night from the crowd of 11,054. As gifted as he is as an interpreter, his set list should include more of his own strong material.
The banter was as enjoyable as the music as Buble talked about becoming a dad — after a fan tossed him a tiny Bruins jersey — interacted with audience members, and spoke sweetly of meeting with a marathon bombing victim before the show, dedicating “Me and Mrs. Jones” to her and her friends.
The a cappella group Naturally 7 handled the opening act duties and also joined Buble’s set on his satellite stage near the back of the arena for a harmony-drenched trip back in time
Buble closed with a gracious flourish, dedicating an unamplified, partially a cappella version of Leon Russell’s exquisite “A Song For You” to the crowd.