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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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. [WEA/Warner's 2007 edition included one bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 093624999911
  • Catalog Number: 249999
  • Sales rank: 15,726

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 (4:44)
  13. 13 Machine (4:55)
  14. 14 You Raise Me Up (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Groban Primary Artist, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Herbie Hancock Piano, fender rhodes
Ian Thomas Drums
Michael Thompson Guitar
Glen Ballard Keyboards
Alexandra Brown Choir, Chorus
Angela Brown Choir, Chorus
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Marius de Vries Piano, Keyboards
Joey Diggs Choir, Chorus
Anton Fig Drums
Roy Galloway Choir, Chorus
Mortonette Jenkins Choir, Chorus
Robbie McIntosh Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
Frank Ricotti Percussion, Vibes
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar
Wil Wheaton Choir, Chorus
Sean Hurley Bass
Eric Rigler uillean pipes
Trevor Barry Bass
Joel Shearer Guitar
Eric Mouquet Keyboards
Adam Jackson Choir, Chorus
William Ross Conductor
Vusi Mahlasela Background Vocals
Tower of Power Horn Section Brass
Bakithi Kumalo Bass, Vocals
Imogen Heap Piano, Mbira
Anna Ross Background Vocals
James Freebarin-Smith Cello, Soloist
Nita Whitaker Choir, Chorus
Fiona Hibbert Harp
Blair Sinta Percussion
Susie Suh Background Vocals
Kaitlyn Barton Tambourine
J'Anna Jacoby Violin
Jochem van der Saag Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Nino Rota Composer
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Tom Scott Contributor
Gary Thomas Engineer
Claudia Brant Composer
Glen Ballard Producer
John Brough Engineer
Scott Campbell Engineer
Marius de Vries Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Orchestration
Nathan East Contributor
Humberto Gatica Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Mark Hammond Composer
Nick Lane Contributor
Marco Marinangeli Composer
George Marino Mastering
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Alejandro Rodriguez Engineer
Paul Schwartz drum programming
Guy Sigsworth Vocal Producer
Lee Thornburg Contributor
Greg Vail Contributor
Simon Hale String Arrangements
Eric Mouquet Arranger, Composer, Producer
William Ross Arranger, Orchestration, String Conductor
John Ondrasik Composer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Dave Bassett Composer
David Channing Engineer
Rolf Lovland Composer
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
Jeff Cohen Composer
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
David Romano Vocal Coach
Jason Boshoff Programming
Adam Crossley Composer
Thomas Salter Composer
Tawgs Salter Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Brendan Graham Composer
Matt Taylor Art Direction
Larry Kusik Composer
Jochem van der Saag Composer, Programming, Engineer, Sound Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWAKE

    Josh Groban, a twenety seven year old man, who has a voice of an angel, has made his third album AWAKE. This has to be my favorite album he has made so far. I own how ever, every signal CD of this young man. He's got the most beautiful voice I ever heard. My favorite song on this album is the song WEEPING that is accompanied with Lady Smith Black, Mambazo. Josh, is a talented handsome young man. Please you won't regret it, if you don't buy his album, Awake.

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