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Closer [Import]

Josh Groban Audio CD
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1. Oceano
2. My Confession
3. 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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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. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.


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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Josh's sophomore album well worth the wait... Jan. 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
On "Closer," Josh Groban's second album, the young singer had much more influence over the final product, including songwriting collaboration (Per Te, Remember When It Rains). His surprisingly quick rise to stardom was aided by multiple guest appearances on now-defunct Ally McBeal, several primetime interviews, and performing at the Winter Olympics. Far from a one hit wonder, Josh's talent continues to mature. "Closer," like his eponymous debut, has managed to top the Billboard Charts. None too shabby for a 22-year old who's still a senior at his performing arts school (Josh also attended two summer sessions at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan).
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing Sept. 7 2004
By steph
Format:Audio CD
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 feeling. my favourite track is mi mancherai, it has beautiful violin and his voice is PERFECT. if you ever have the chance to see him live i strongly recommend it, hes ten times better in concert and puts on a WONDERFUL show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Caitlin
Format:Audio CD
I first became addicted to Josh Groban's voice when he released his first album. After this one they may have to put me in rehab! ;) Each and every song on this album is experatly crafted and (most importantly) sung with powerful emotion by a beautiful voice. From the first track "Oceano" to the last track "Never let Go," I was spellbound. Each and every song is amazing. Some of my personal favorites include: "When you say you love me," (really how could you NOT love that song?), "per te" (i had no idea what the words meant but I was moved to tears neverless), "broken vow" (bitter sweet and moving), "remember when it rained" (probably my favorite-Josh wrote, sung and played the piano for this song...ah a man of many talents!) "you raise me up" (I cried over the super-bowl appearance), and of course the opening and closing songs with all other in between. I love this CD and know that anyone who listens to it will too.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars not very many good songs
this cd is ok but I cant understand some of the songs it in spainsh and French I would not recommend this cd
Published 10 months ago 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 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Voice, Disappointing Song Selection
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 more
Published on July 16 2006 by Glenn R. Mosher
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 Josh Groban : Best Ever
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!
Published on Dec 9 2004 by K P
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
3.0 out of 5 stars You hear one, and you hear them all
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... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Z. Yang
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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