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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The reason I wanted this CD was because Kevin (a contestant) sang it on American Idol, and it sounded so good. He was singing You Raise Me Up. Just out of nowhere, my mom gave me the CD and said that it was from my aunt. Right away, before listening to any other song, I went to You Raise Me Up. I was so excited, but not for long. Josh Groban's voice isn't that great at all. Not in English, anyway. He sings wayyyy better in the other language (I don't know what it is). I absolutely love when he sings in a foreign language, but English sounds very dissapointing. All in all, I do think it's worth it to buy the CD, since most of his songs are the other language besides English.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A beautiful voice needs better material

    I am a Josh Groban fan and absolutely loved the first album. This is a "good" follow up but not up to the quality of the first. With almost half of the songs in English, I hoped we would get better selections. Instead some are bland. "Never Let Go," and "When You Say You Love Me," are the worse. I enjoy "My Confession" because it's a beautiful vocal departure from his regular style. I love the fact that Josh included a song in French. How about trying "Plasir d Amour" next (the spelling is probably wrong). "Per Te" is gorgeous and makes the most of his beautiful voice. It just seems that the Italian and Spanish songs are the best. The English selections are a bit disappointing in both the lyrics and background music. Of course this is in comparison to the first album but that's what fans do. That's also what makes fans buy CD's....the music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More "Euro-Pop", Less "Classical-Pop"

    My daughter and I are dedicated fans of Josh Groban and the Classical-Pop genre of music. (I bought 6 CD's and 4 DVD sets of the debut album for gifts last Christmas) The one thing that sets this man apart from everyone else on the planet is his voice and the ability to sing such songs as "Gira Con" and "Un Amore Per Sempre," then take it down many notches for "Vincent." I wanted to be fair and tell myself that the Debut Album was without flaw to my (and my 18 year-old's) view and it would be almost impossible to do a second equally beautiful album. However, it seems that "Closer" was made to move away from the Classical-Pop category and suit the ambitious Tour Schedule. While many of the selections are up to the quality of the first album, I hear more Euro-Pop. The mediocre "Never Let Go" with Deep Forest reminds me of the electric-disco voice maskings from the '70's (check "Good Vibrations", I think the Beach Boys made it). It's fine to mask the Beach boys or anyone else who can't sing, but not Groban! Two songs in English which are equally mundane (and it pains me to say it) are "When You Say You Love Me" and "She's Out of My Life." "Hymne a l'amour" is a pop song, but at least it's sung beautifully. Simply put, it seems that Josh is moving toward Euro-Pop not only to reach an international audience, but to save his voice so he can make all his tour dates without vocal strain. We're still fans and probably will be for a while, until Josh makes a Show-Tunes album. Yuk!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Closer" to his first album than I expected

    Josh Groben’s second album, “Closer,” fails to wow audiences the way his first album did. Josh has a sweet and sincere voice that is easy to fall in love with. But many of the songs on “Closer” sound embarrassingly similar to the first CD. The one song that stands out is “You Raise Me Up.” It is a single gem in a mesh of peppy songs that all sound the same. If you can get past the lack of originality, Josh’s voice still stirs powerful emotions and I recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates classical-styled music.

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