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Josh Groban, the biggest-selling male debut artist of 2002, returns with his second studio album, Closer. With his self-titled debut Top 10 and triple platinum -+ and still well in the Top 200 after 91+ weeks -+ Closer finds the young singer once more in the studio with esteemed producer David Foster (Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand) and a handful of special guests. A sophisticated pop phenomenon, Groban is back with a phenomenal new album.
Thanks to a fortuitous intersection of talent and fate, 22-year-old Josh Groban hasn't finished his senior year in performing arts school but has already released his sophomore effort on a major major label. Fans of the young vocal phenom's debut will find much to enthrall them here, even if it nudges the singer closer to the center of producer/mentor David Foster's MOR pop sensibilities. Eschewing much of its predecessors more overt classic-lite pretensions and pop-rock covers for a slate of dramatic, Eurocentric ballads that serve as a showcase for the singer's inviting baritone, Groban shrewdly positions himself as the American alternative to the Bocelli-Watson crossover axis. "Caruso" may find the singer falling short of its operatic inspiration, but "Oceano" and "My Confession" quickly showcase the singer's true dramatic range (which seems to all but yearn for a bona fide Broadway musical challenge), while a vocal take of Bacalov's graceful "Il Postino" theme uses classical virtuoso Joshua Bell's violin flourishes to good effect. To his credit, Groban displays some promising efforts at songwriting collaboration on the bittersweet "Per Te" and "Remember When It Rains," while the ambient/ethnic soundscape of Deep Forest's "Never Let Go" offers a teasing alternative to the record's otherwise melodramatic production formula. Groban has found commercial triumph via Foster's mentoring, but there remains a nagging sense here that he hasn't truly pushed himself as an artist--yet. --Jerry McCulley
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The thirteen tracks on "Closer" again showcase Josh's mature
tenor on the variety of songs he performs best: Italian film music (Mi Mancherai, from Il Postino, with musical guest Joshua Bell on violin), lush Italian ballads (All'Improvviso Amore, Caruso, Per Te), a Spanish ballad (Si volvieras a mi), a cover of an Edith Piaf classic (Hymne à l'amour), and a beautiful cover of Brian Kennedy's (with Secret Garden) "You Raise Me Up."
There are markedly more English-language songs this time around, including a collaboration with the French Deep Forest (Never Let Go). Again produced with the help of legendary Canadian producer David Foster (Lara Fabian, Roch Voisine, Céline Dion, Michael Bublé), the orchestrations enhance without overwhelming, creating a dreamy, romantically charged soundscape.
The limited edition features two exclusive songs, Mi Morena and She's Out Of My Life, along with a DVD featuring the EPK (Electronic Press Kit) and a behind-the-scenes look at Closer. Mi Morena is one of my favourite songs on the album, and the extra songs and bonus DVD pay for themselves.Read more ›
Btw- anyone who wants to know translations to josh's lyrics (from both albums) can easily search on a search engine such as google for josh groban lyric translations and tons of sites will pop up with what you want. (i do recomend that you listen to the song first, otherwise you'll be mentally translating the lyrics into english in your head without hearing the song.)
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Ordered 3 cds at the same time and all are good to listen to.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
this cd is ok but I cant understand some of the songs it in spainsh and French I would not recommend this cdPublished on Dec 25 2013 by leekaskade
Here is a young man with a big voice. Anyone hearing him without seeing him on his album would think they were listening to a grown man. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2010 by Heather Negahdar
I am not the typical Josh Groban fan. I listen to R&B or mainstream pop (not usually opera, if you know what I mean), but I love this CD. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2006 by Sam Mantha
Although I absolutely love Josh Groban's voice, I have to say that most of the songs on this CD are extremely boring, and sound very much the same. Read morePublished on July 16 2006 by Glenn R. Mosher
first of all... all the people that rated this CD 1 star... ARE YOU MENTALLY WELL???!!! Josh Groban is 1 in a million... and you obviously haven't heard opera before. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2006 by kell_y_18