Josh Groban - Illuminations Audio Samples Available

Illuminations by Josh Groban

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Album, MOR / Soft Pop
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An album of songs that are mostly original, and mostly in English.

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  1. 1. The Wandering Kind (Prelude)
  2. 2. Bells Of New York City
  3. 3. Galileo (Someone Like You)
  4. 4. L'ora Dell'addio
  5. 5. Hidden Away
  6. 6. Au Jardin Des Sans-Pourquoi
  7. 7. Higher Window
  8. 8. If I Walk Away
  9. 9. Love Only Knows
  10. 10. Voce Existe Em Mim
  11. 11. War At Home
  12. 12. London Hymn
  13. 13. Straight To You
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Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

The American crooner is, of course, one of the best selling acts in the States. Josh's latest is of the usual high standard. The voice is warm and elegant, the arrangements are superb and the production quality is virtually faultless, not surprisingly as Rick Rubin was at the helm for this album. But of course, the songs are where such an album will rise or fall. Most of the material here was written by Groban and collaborator Dan Wilson. The album starts with instrumental interlude "The Wandering Kind" and straight away it grabs the listener with its catchy melody and Groban's fine piano playing. The first song, "Bells Of New York City", is the one that is going around in my head constantly, and I'm not complaining. After this one starts you know this isn't an album for the casual listener - it commands attention in the most attractive of ways, especially if one is in a romantic mood. "Galileo (Someone Like You)" is a love song by Declan O'Rourke and it's fast becoming a standard - no doubt Groban's version will help in the process. Its spiritual imagery is just one of its assets - "I'll look up high/And thank the guy/Who puts the rainbow in the sky". It's not the only song with a spiritual flavour - "Bells Of New York City" speaks of singing "one song for joy and one for redemption", while "Higher Window" suggests "There is a light from a higher window/Shining down on us tonight". I'm not so sure however about Nick Cave's song "Straight To You" - "Heaven has denied us its kingdom/The Saints are drunk howling at the moon". However "London Hymn" with its classical chorus is certainly a blessing: "May the restless dead find sleep and may the light of our remembering guide them to an everlasting peace".

Style: MOR / Soft Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 105384
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Reprise 093624964964
Items: 1
Release Date: 21 Feb 2011

An album of songs that are mostly original, and mostly in English.

Josh Groban, the internationally renowned recording artist who has sold 25 million records to date worldwide, now releases his latest album Illuminations.

Working alongside veteran producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers), this album was three years in the making. Josh wrote and recorded Illuminations in bursts around his busy schedule.

Stepping out of his usual creative zone, Josh has embraced Rubinís vision of a Ďfine artí Groban record, marrying the warmth of the sweeping American roots of Grobanís writing and the grandeur of classical settings by matching the live, one-take performances by Groban and the intimate, core acoustic band with colourful orchestral arrangements.

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