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Closer [Enhanced]

Josh Groban Audio CD
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1. Oceano
2. My Confession
3. Il Postino (Mi Mancherai)
4. Si Volvieras a Mi
5. When You Say You Love Me
6. Per Te
7. All Improvviso Amore
8. Broken Vow
9. Caruso
10. Remember When It Rained
11. Hymne a l'Amour
12. You Raise Me Up
13. Never Let Go

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The next Andrea Bocelli? July 3 2005
By Jaime
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Josh Groban on his album JOSH GROBAN, and decided, hey, I should check this other one out. CLOSER is incredible! His voice is incredible. Josh Groban can SING. Holayyy. And it isn't even just the strength of his voice; it's his range, and his tone. He's probably the best tenor of recent years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Voice, Disappointing Song Selection July 16 2006
Format:Audio CD
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. It is really too bad, because given the right songs, Josh can really amaze (eg. have you heard him sing O Holy Night - just astounding !).

If you are just going to buy one Josh Groban CD, buy the first one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He took my breath away..... Sept. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
I just saw Josh Groban in concert, here in Vancouver, and I felt compelled to support him in any way possible. His performance was incredible, actually I don't think I can find the word to describe it exactly. Believe it or not his voice is better LIVE!!!! And I'm not saying that he sounds bad on CD, he sounds amazing in this CD but his vocals are so strong that at the concert you sense the power vibrate within you. It was like he was right beside me, amazing! This CD is fantastic, I've listened to it non-stop in preparation for the concert tonight, and I never got sick of it. His next single, and my favorite song "Remember when it rained" (co-wrote by Groban himself) is such a moving song, all his songs are, but this one touches a special place in my heart. Also, this CD, as well as new songs, is filled with the favorites, such as the Italian love song "Caruso". Let me tell you, one of the best of the many, many who have sung it. You cannot be a romantic and not love this song. It was neat because at the concert he translated the words to the verses, and it just re-enforced what masterpiece that song really is. Many people find him bland for singing stereotypical operatic songs, but these people fail to hear the words or the fabulous talented ensemble Groban has put together. His sound is fresh, because it's not just violin, it's fantastic drumming, percussion, piano, guitar and bass. There are many who can appreciate this such beautiful artistic compellation. Besides many of the songs are new songs. What an unforgettable experience, now to be revisited every time I reach for this CD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You hear one, and you hear them all July 15 2004
By Z. Yang
Format:Audio CD
I expected to see some variety in Josh Groban's second solo album, but I was disappointed. Even with French and Irish tunes exploited, still they were arranged in the same style and therefore sound very much the same, plus the over producing, in the end it is Josh Groban debut all over again. Some tracks, had they been produced simpler, could retain more individuality and the beauty that comes with it. Having said this, I think Josh Groban has obviously put more of himself into the singing, and we now hear more of his high register. His "Caruso" is good, although really not in the same league as Andrea Bocelli.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not very many good songs Dec 25 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this cd is ok but I cant understand some of the songs it in spainsh and French I would not recommend this cd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Josh Groban : Best Ever Dec 9 2004
By K P
Format:Audio CD
OK, I just want to say that as a singer, Josh Groban is definitely someone to look up. I love all of his songs and his voice. I can listen to him all day long!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven on Earth July 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
After begging and begging for months, I finally received Josh's album "Closer" for my birthday. I was not disappointed. In fact, his cd hasn't left my cd player since I first put it in. Right away, I knew I was in for a treat. The first track, "Oceano" took my breath away and made me cry. It is sung with such passion, such emotion, and through the depths of his rich baritone chords comes a longing not capable of being expressed by any other than Josh Groban's voice. He is rich, enchanting, melodic, and romantic in the songs "Mi Mancherai," "Si Volvieras a Mi," and "Remember When it Rained". I honestly can't choose a favorite, because they are all sung with such feeling and passion. I have never heard a voice like this, and I have listened to many an "artist" who thinks they can sing. None surpasses the gloriousness and passion of this man's voice. It truly does feel like heaven on earth.
If you can, I highly recommend getting the Limited Edition version of the "Closer" cd. It has two bonus tracks (4 if you buy the Internet Only version) that are well worth the extra money, as well as a 20 minute "behind the scenes" DVD showing footage of different photo shoots and some questions and interviews. It also lets you see a little more into Josh's charming personality and proves that he is not a fake or pop star clone. This guy is original, one-of-a-kind, and I know he will be in the music scene for many years to come.
I am forever a Grobanite and I love you Josh!!!
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I became a Josh Groban fan after I saw his PBS concert special. His voice just takes my breath away. He has such a mature voice despite his young age. I wasted no time getting his second album. I have no regrets purchasing "Closer". Often artists change their musical formula either too much or the other main complaint is lack of variety and not evolving enough musically. I think Josh's cd has an excellent balance between the two. His first album was sung mostly in italian and english. Closer has a variety of songs sung in italian, english, spanish, and french. Definitely a good move in a positive way because I can appreciate his voice in that many more languages. His voice is beautiful and he has a powerful range. "Remember when it rained" is a very slow and tender ballad which is wonderful to listen to. I didn't know he wrote the lyrics until I saw it in the cd cover. It is one of my favorite songs. "You Raise Me Up" is also a good song- very patriotic sounding. "My Confession" is also great- the texture and rhythms make it sound incredible. I enjoyed the opening track "Oceano", Si Volvieras a Mi, All Improvisio Amore, and Mi Mancherai (with the beautiful violin accompaniment). Overall, I was very impressed with Josh's second album. Although I have absolutely no understanding of what he is saying in the foreign songs, he still sounds great. Get "Closer" to Josh and you won't be disappointed.
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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 more
Published on Aug. 30 2010 by Heather Negahdar
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Poppin'
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 more
Published on Oct. 27 2006 by Sam Mantha
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
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 more
Published on Jan. 14 2006 by kell_y_18
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
josh grobans second cd - closer is even better than the first (and thats saying A LOT). his voice has improved and matured since the last cd, and the songs have more depth and... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2004 by steph
1.0 out of 5 stars 0 Stars
What the world needs now is NOT an opera version of Clay Aiken! or should I say opera-wannabe version. Read more
Published on July 18 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Unintelligible in 4 languages
This album includes songs in English, Spanish, Italian and French. No matter the language, the lyrics are gibberish. One line just about caused to me to crash my car ... Read more
Published on July 11 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Josh's Amazing and Inspiring Voice
I liked the cd Closer much more than his first cd Josh Groban even though I have all his cds. The songs in Closer were more inspiring and moving than the songs in Josh Groban. Read more
Published on July 9 2004
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