Awake

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Drawing on the gifts of artists like Dave Matthews and Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik, and enlisting talents as disparate as Herbie Hancock and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Josh Groban reaches new heights with his third album, Awake. Groban's large cadre of fans have eagerly anticipated this follow-up to 2003's Closer, and Awake doesn't meddle with its predecessor's formula. Once again Groban is paired with hitmaking producer David Foster, and he assays a varied set of soaring, lyrical songs in number of languages, some written by Groban himself. The guest stars, while never overshadowing the young crooner, add both variety and the deft touch of experience -- on the pair ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Drawing on the gifts of artists like Dave Matthews and Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik, and enlisting talents as disparate as Herbie Hancock and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Josh Groban reaches new heights with his third album, Awake. Groban's large cadre of fans have eagerly anticipated this follow-up to 2003's Closer, and Awake doesn't meddle with its predecessor's formula. Once again Groban is paired with hitmaking producer David Foster, and he assays a varied set of soaring, lyrical songs in number of languages, some written by Groban himself. The guest stars, while never overshadowing the young crooner, add both variety and the deft touch of experience -- on the pair of South Africa-inspired songs with Ladysmith Black Mambazo one co-written by Matthews and on the rhythmically incisive "Machine," with jazz great Hancock on keyboard. Groban tries his own hand at the piano on the expressive "February Song" co-written by Ondrasik, while other instrumental flourishes, like the evocative Spanish guitar that opens "Un Día Llegará" and the cello solo on "Un Giorno Per Noi" Nino Rota's Romeo and Juliet theme, provide colorful support for the singer's rich vocals. Groban is at his most inspirational in the single "You Are Loved Don't Give Up," offering comforting words for troubled souls, while a separately available special edition of the album features a pair of extra tracks as well as a "making-of" video on a companion DVD.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Longtime fans of Josh Groban should be pleased to know that the vocalist's third studio album, Awake, features more of the polished, well-crafted, and emotionally grand classical crossover pop he has become known for. In fact, the album is perhaps his most appealing and deviates little from his previous outings. Here listeners get a mix of original songs -- some co-written by Groban -- that trade between more classical/opera-oriented songs sung in Italian and more pop-oriented songs in English. Interestingly, the tracks co-penned by Groban are some of the most compelling, and showcase his knack for a kind of '60s Scott Walker baroque pop meets '80s Diane Warren adult contemporary vibe. This brings up the only problem with Awake, which is that as Groban's music has moved closer and closer to pop, the necessity of utilizing Italian becomes increasingly nebulous. Truthfully, barring any awkward translations, most of these songs would sound fine sung in English and generally come off as very good Italian pop songs. So, despite being quite listenable, from a mainstream pop point of view the use of Italian is great for lending the album a sheen of pan-European classical regality, but in some ways limits the emotional impact of the songs to only those who understand Italian. None of this really matters, though, to fans of Groban, who justifiably respond to his superb technique, silky tone, and bedroom eyes. It doesn't hurt either that he's brought along some unexpected guests this time around in the African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, appearing here on two tracks, as well as legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, who shows up on the angular and half-funky "Machine." It's also great to hear Groban dig into an adaptation of "Un Giorno Per Noi," Nino Rota's theme to Franco Zeffirelli's classic 1968 film Romeo and Juliet. The song, as Awake itself, is a grand collision of pop culture and co-opted classical themes from then and now, and perfectly embodies everything that has made Groban so successful.
Billboard - Chuck Taylor
On "Awake," Groban bounds forward via a handful of innovative collaborations.... "Awake" is a retail and artistic titan.
Los Angeles Daily News - Fred Shuster
Aficionados of classical-pop singer Groban's mellifluous voice will be impressed with his third album's skillfully made, richly varied set of new songs.

On "Awake," Groban bounds forward via a handful of innovative collaborations.... "Awake" is a retail and artistic titan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624443520
  • Catalog Number: 44435
  • Sales rank: 10,544

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mai (4:35)
  2. 2 You Are Loved (Don't Give Up) (4:48)
  3. 3 Un Dia Llegara (4:17)
  4. 4 February Song (5:12)
  5. 5 L 'Ultima Notte (4:21)
  6. 6 So She Dances (4:53)
  7. 7 In Her Eyes (4:53)
  8. 8 Solo por Ti (3:59)
  9. 9 Now or Never (3:38)
  10. 10 Un Giorno Per Noi (Romeo e Giulietta) (5:10)
  11. 11 Lullaby (2:32)
  12. 12 Weeping (4:45)
  13. 13 Machine (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Groban Primary Artist, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tower of Power Brass
Tom Scott Horn
David Foster Keyboards
Ian Thomas Drums
Michael Thompson Guitar
Glen Ballard Keyboards
David Campbell Conductor
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Marius de Vries Piano, Keyboards
Nathan East Bass, Bass Guitar
Anton Fig Drums
Nick Lane Horn
Robbie McIntosh Guitar
Vincent Nguini Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
Frank Ricotti Percussion, Vibes
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar
Lee Thornburg Horn
Greg Vail Horn
Sean Hurley Bass, Keyboards
Trevor Barry Bass
Joel Shearer Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Eric Mouquet Keyboards
Walter Afanasieff Piano
Greg Adams Horn
Vusi Mahlasela Background Vocals
Bakithi Kumalo Bass, Vocals
Chris Elliott Dulcimer, Piano
Imogen Heap Piano, Mbira
Anna Ross Background Vocals
James Freebarin-Smith Cello, Soloist
Fiona Hibbert Harp
Blair Sinta Percussion
Susie Suh Background Vocals
Kaitlyn Barton Tambourine
Tawgs Salter Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Jochem van der Saag Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Nino Rota Composer
David Foster Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Claudia Brant Composer
Glen Ballard Producer, Audio Production
John Brough Engineer
David Campbell Orchestral Arrangements
Scott Campbell Engineer
Marius de Vries Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Orchestral Arrangements, Audio Production
Humberto Gatica Producer, Engineer
Mark Hammond Composer
Marco Marinangeli Composer
George Marino Mastering
Alejandro Rodriguez Engineer
Guy Sigsworth Vocal Producer
Simon Hale String Arrangements
Eric Mouquet Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
William Ross Arranger, String Conductor
Greg Adams Horn Arrangements
John Ondrasik Composer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Dave Bassett Composer
David Channing Engineer
Chris Elliott Orchestral Arrangements
Imogen Heap Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Alexis Smith Programming, Effects Programming
Andy Selby Composer
Andrea Sandrei Composer
Asher Lenz Composer
Josh Groban Arranger, Composer, Producer
Matty Green Digital Editing
Debbi Datz Pyle String Contractor
Jeff Cohen Composer
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
David Romano Vocal Coach
Jason Boshoff Programming
Adam Crossley Composer
Thomas Salter Composer
Gina Zimmitti String Contractor
Tawgs Salter Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Gary Thomsa Engineer
Matt Taylor Art Direction
Larry Kusik Composer
Jochem van der Saag Programming, Engineer, Sound Design
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More English Songs, PLEASE!

    Josh Groban is the best singer/musician of our age, bar none. But why doesn't he record two CDs...one for people who love his music and speak Italian and one for people like me who love his music but speak and understand only English? I would love to enjoy the words to ALL the songs Josh records, but as it is I understand just half of them. I won't be buying Awake as Christmas gifts this year. I'd feel cheated, paying full price for a CD but "getting" only half the songs on one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Insinuously Insane Voice Range

    It is perfect.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh Groban's Voice Not Showcased by This Album

    This album was less than okay for me. The music did not appeal to me that much. In fact, I've played it only twice. The songs do not invite me to listen again, even though Josh's voice is always tremendous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Pertaining to Pop

    Though Josh Groban is a fine vocalist, his music does not, in its own right, deserve to be called pop by today's standards. Overall, pop genre or no pop genre, he is still lacking as a musician. He, and his music, are dull. To his credit, though, he could be upwards of great. He needs to work on his insight of music and people and even emotional ups and downs. He is too practiced and polished to seem relateable and unique.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awake=Amazing

    Josh has done it again with his third album release, Awake. This album has so much of Josh the man on it, it makes you feel even closer to who he is as a person. He either co-wrote or co-produced every one of the tracks on the album. If you don't have the special edition, you are missing out on the most beautiful song he's ever done, Awake. This song is written from the heart of Josh. I recommend: February Song, Now or Never, Lullaby, Machine, and Awake. However, the whole album is beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh Leaves Me Breathless

    This album is outstanding!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh has left me completely breathless!

    Awake is such a beautifully composed album. Josh has blown me away again! I love all the tracks on this album. His voice is just so powerful and touching. The song "Awake" makes me tear up inside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding CD

    I love this CD!!!! I listen to it everyday to & from work, & have NOT gotten tired of it yet. I would HIGHLY recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    So She Dances and You Are Loved(Don't Give Up) are amazing songs! Josh Groban is just... amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh Groban is my favorite artist

    This is one of my all-time favorite CDs! Josh Groban is so great! I've only been to one of his concerts, but it was awesome. My favorite song on this CD is "February Song". Josh Groban has such a moving voice--it's no wonder he was able to replace Andrea Bocelli to sing The National Anthom at the Suber Bowl when he was only sixteen! I read that after he sang it, the entire arena was dead-quiet for a couple seconds, they were so shocked that a sixteen-year-old could sing *that* well. Then they clapped so much, the sound was deafening. Josh Groban has been an excellent singer since he was only sixteen!! and has only improved since then.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awake

    The review of this CD written by "Felicia, a music lover from Orlando" and titled "Groban Losing It!" is absolutely incorrect. This is Josh's best CD ever!The songs he wrote are beautiful and he is absolutely NOT going towards the rock genre of music. The songs are wonderful and his voice is magnificent. If you are deciding whether or not to buy this album, DO NOT listen to any reviews that say the CD is bad. Josh Groban is still just as good of a singer if not better than he was in his other CDs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome!!!

    I was weary of this CD when it first came out and wasn't sure how it would fare against his other outstanding albums because I had heard this album would be a bit different. However, from the moment I first listened to this album I thought it was his best work to date. His vocals are incredible and the songs he chose on this album are extremely touching and well written. I cannot get enough of this album and cannot wait for a new one!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awake

    All of Josh Groban's CDs are excellent, including this one. It has a bit of a different style to it but that makes the music even better. If you are a fan of Josh Groban. I highly recommend this CD. If you haven't heard Josh Groban's music before but like singers such as Five For Fighting, I highly recommend this CD to you also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible!!!

    An absolutely incredible voice this young man has...The pure richness, depth and expression he brings out in each song is breathtaking...Once again, Thank You for sharing with us!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gotta love Joshy!

    I love the music. It has a certain feel and energy that is impossible to creat or mime by anybody but Josh Groban.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Golden Throat Strikes Again

    JG's voice is a weapon of mass seduction. Everytime he opens his mouth, a heavenly sound comes out. This new CD will not disappoint. I wasn't a Grobanite before this CD but AWAKE one has made me a convert. Josh is the best male singer of his generation. I loved the songs In Her Eyes, You are Loved, February Song, Awake (from the bonus DVD edition).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OMG I LOVE YOU!

    Ok, now that I ahve my fangirly scream out of my system, I must say this: Any, and repeat, ANY, Josh Groban CD is going to be awesome! I haven't bought the CD yet, but I sure will! YOU ROCK JOSH!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Josh's new cd is absolutely amazing!! He is one of the artists who is never afraid to push or break the boundaries. You can hear the dedication and practice he puts into his music through his vocals. I am not one to waste my money on cds, seeing as most of the time there are only 2-3 good songs on each one, but ALL of Josh's tracks are incredible. I recommend buying it as soon as you can, you WILL NOT be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE JOSHY!!!

    This CD triggered something in my heart and it wasn't an artery. I'm still alive (thank goodness). These songs are beautiful and the flow of the songs are slow and lovable. I had to look up the translated lyrics to english. I loved seeing how the music fit the lyrics and how Josh Groban's amazing voice flooded my soul. Everyone is listening to it (I love propaganda)! So jump on the bandwagon and listen to this CD!!!!! ***CAUTION: You might cry***

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Groban Losing it!

    And with his latest, "Awake," Josh Groban has lost me as a fan. Following the hideous "Live at the Greek", Groban provides more croaking and even more mediocre songwriting (his). The duets are sad, with Groban attempting even more of a crossover to rock. His voice and his talents lie elsewhere. He's a stiff and more formal performer. His vocal range is not attuned to rock, nor is his personality. He just comes off as the odd duck trying to become a swan. I just wish he would have stayed in his own pond. He was marvelous in his first two CD's his first performance on PBS. I own all of those. Early great success, which I feel he worked hard for and definitely earned, has unfortunately gone to his head. And it's a waste of his vocal talents.

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