Closer

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Josh Groban, the 22-year-old heartthrob singer whose self-titled debut lit up the classical crossover charts for months on end, invites listeners to get Closer on his sophomore studio release he has also issued a live album tied to a PBS special. Joining again with producer David Foster, Groban delivers another set of heartwarming Europop songs -- including some co-written by the young crooner himself -- that holds true to the endearing formula that drew in his large cadre of fans. Lush, atmospheric production underscores Groban's soulful singing -- and no doubt about it: this boy can sing -- and fans with a hunger for his rich, expressive baritone putting over touching ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Josh Groban, the 22-year-old heartthrob singer whose self-titled debut lit up the classical crossover charts for months on end, invites listeners to get Closer on his sophomore studio release he has also issued a live album tied to a PBS special. Joining again with producer David Foster, Groban delivers another set of heartwarming Europop songs -- including some co-written by the young crooner himself -- that holds true to the endearing formula that drew in his large cadre of fans. Lush, atmospheric production underscores Groban's soulful singing -- and no doubt about it: this boy can sing -- and fans with a hunger for his rich, expressive baritone putting over touching ballads will not be disappointed. Yet the album mixes in other elements, too. World-music touches such as a Spanish guitar on "My Confession" lace several of the numbers with exotic colors, while Joshua Bell's sweet-toned violin adds lovely spins and swirls to the sentimental "Mi Mancherai Il Postino," and the innovative duo Deep Forest help Groban break away from romantic ballads on the rhythm-driven "Never Let Go." Groban's voice has also developed new power and range, as shown by his solid vocal prowess on such numbers as "Per Te" and the gospel choir–backed "You Raise Me Up" though labeling his singing "operatic" remains wishful thinking. And while the album is less a valiant departure than a satisfying follow-up to the promise of his debut, to Groban's many fans, that's no concession at all.
All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
In a short period of time, Josh Groban went from being a talented vocalist ready to enter college to the new prince of romantic music with a best-selling debut album and highly rated PBS special. The successful combination of his classical crossover croon, boyish good looks, and association with überproducer David Foster helped Groban become a sensation. His sophomore studio disc, Closer, stays comfortably within the boundaries built by his debut collection as Foster once again helms a modest set of pseudo-classical pop songs dreamily sung in various languages. Listening to Groban, it is easy to understand why this MOR style suits him so well as his maturing voice is not grand enough to fully embrace operatic material yet remains too rich and technical for typical mainstream pop music. On Closer he works within his limitations and the result is a more consistent listen than the scattershot debut with his voice sounding comfortable performing these emotional European-inspired pop songs. The best tunes bookend the disc as the atmospheric opener, "Oceano," sets an ominous tone while the mysterious "Never Let Go" is a welcome collaboration with Deep Forest that allows Groban to successfully move away from the saccharine ballads and grow as a vocalist. However, there is still plenty of romance included for the PBS crowd as "When You Say You Love Me" painfully cries out like a rejected Celine Dion cut and the Celtic-infused bombast of "You Raise Me Up" plays like the sequel to his debut's most famous song, "To Where You Are." In addition to his improved vocals, Groban contributes three co-writing efforts that include "Never Let Go," and shows that there is a future for him to evenly match his skills as a vocalist and a songwriter. Although the disc still focuses on bland rose petal confessions, its highlights point in the right direction and bring Groban Closer to creating an album that eliminates the sick sweetness while remaining a tasty, satisfying treat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624845027
  • Catalog Number: 48450
  • Sales rank: 2,468

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Groban Primary Artist, Piano, Background Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Joshua Bell Violin
J'Anna Jacoby Violin
Chris Boardman Conductor
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
William Ross Conductor
David Fall Drums
Mark Hammond Keyboards
Mark Portmann Keyboards
Eric Mouquet Keyboards
Walter Afanasieff Keyboards
Marco Marinangeli Background Vocals
Richard Page Background Vocals
Andrea Sandrei Background Vocals
Terry Bradford Choir, Chorus
Alexandra Brown Choir, Chorus
Angela Brown Choir, Chorus
Joey Diggs Choir, Chorus
Roy Galloway Choir, Chorus
Mortonette Jenkins Choir, Chorus
Wil Wheaton Choir, Chorus
Adam Jackson Choir, Chorus
Nita Whitaker Choir, Chorus
Eric Rigler uillean pipes
Debbie Gates Choir, Chorus
Deep Forest Group
Technical Credits
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Mark Hammond Arranger, Producer
Mark Portmann Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Paul Schwartz Arranger, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Orchestral Arrangements
Eric Mouquet Arranger, Producer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Programming, Producer
William Ross Arranger, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Klaus Derendorf Arranger, Producer
Malavasi Producer
Felipe Elgueta Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Pierre Jacquot Engineer
Dave Reitzas Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Alejandro Rodriguez Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth Engineer
Neil Devor Engineer
Filippo Zecchini Engineer
Chris Boardman Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Simon Hale String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements, Direction
Vlado Meller Mastering
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Mick Haggerty Art Direction
Jorge Calandrelli Orchestral Arrangements
Marco Marinangeli Vocal Producer
Matthew Dellapolla Scoring Consultant
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Preview

    Although we haven't heard the whole CD, the cuts we have heard indicate that the whole thing will be extraordinary. Two have been posted on the fan website,and one was included on the CD enclosed with the DVD of the PBS concert.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Josh has really broken out of the mold of the "opera" stereotype that the critics gave him on his self titled debut. "Closer" is, in Josh's words a closer look into who he is as a person and I think that is true. He co-writes two tracks (Remember When it Rained, Never Let Go) and composed the music for another (Per Te). I love this CD. I highly recommend it for any fan of Josh Groban.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Great CD by Josh Groban

    I really enjoyed this CD, but you can't go wrong with any of his CD's. He's fantastic!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only one hit

    This is nothing like his previous CD. "You raise me up" is the only hit here. His singing is still great but the songs aren't. There's nothing special about the song writing either. Please listen to the samples before you buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    All of Josh Groban's CD's are wonderful, including this one. His voice is captivating and the songs are beautiful! You will absolutely love this album! "Remember When It Rained" and "Oceano" are the two best songs. Also, you will never forget the beauty in "You Raise Me Up". This is an awesome CD for all ages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Wedding

    My husband and I danced to "When You Say You Love Me" as our first dance at our wedding. It was so romantic and so true for anyone truely in love. Grobans voice captures all of the emotions you could ever have better than any singer. All of his songs will move you!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Out of this world!

    Josh Groban possesses an absolutely incredible voice! His soft, baritone, translucent melodies inspire the soul. His music is a gift from God. I am such a Grobanite!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a powerful moving experience!

    By far the best CD in my entire collection. I came upon this by happenstance and was hooked. The power and emotion of this beautiful voice has moved my soul. I recommend this for anyone. My spouse and daughter also enjoy listening to this CD. They normall don't care for this genre. Great CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great fan of josh

    I first discovered him when I bought the dvd for the movie Troy. In it he sings the ending song for the movie. Since the first moment I heard it I fell in love with it. Couple of days after I run to the store and bought the Closer cd. The rest is history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutly Awesome!

    First of all-whoever 'music-master' is they don't have a clue about music. He sings in Italian-any music fan would know that. If you listen to the likes of contestants on 'American Idol'-they can't sing-they all suck they don't know what music is. This is one of the best albums I have ever heard. he does a great job on Per Te!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am a Grobanite!!!

    What a voice! He could make reading your grocery list sound romantic! I love "Si Volvieras a Mi", "Remember When it Rained", and "You Raise Me Up", but the whole cd is wonderful! I hope that he has a new album out soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a reviewer

    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

    WOW!!! No Words to explain.

    This cd is awesome. When I saw him perform in the oscars he took my breath away, and I just couldn't wait to buy the cd. And now that I have it, it's on everyday. And the best thing about the cd is the musical, the intruments, and how they are used to make the most wonderful songs I have ever heard. You have GOT to get this CD. You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Josh!

    OMG! I love Josh Groban! He is so gifted with his voice and I love this album! My favorite track is "You Raise Me Up." I first fell in love with his voice when I heard "To Where You Are" on the radio. I cried as I was listening to it and couldn't wait to find out who the singer was. He is a true rising star!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow, Wow, Wow!

    This CD is fantastic. Josh has a beautiful voice and the music is fantastic, and I'm a fan of hardcore/screamo music...so this is really saying something. My friend introduced me to him and I've been hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A breath of fresh air

    There are so many mediocre artists that all sound the same in this pop driven culture but Josh Groban breaks the mold. He has such a strong voice and annunciates all of his words perfectly in all of the languages he sings in. He is truly a breath of fresh air.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply angelic..!!

    Listening to Josh Groban will secure in your mind the notion that there truly is a god that bestows a special gift upon us all. Josh's is his angelic barritone voice. This album made my wife fall in love with me all over again. Try this one guys... Works best when combined with a homemade meal, a nice Merlot and 15 or 20 candles..!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply amazing....

    Truly a gift from God...Am a lover of great music...He has an absolute incredible voice...But will readily admit...Seeing him live is just phenominal....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite CD!

    I think he's great. There was a few songs that I think he could have done better on, but for the most part he did absolutely wonderufl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His voice is so pure!

    mr. Josh Groban's voice is so pure! he has so much passion and feeling into his singing. his voice is truly a gift from God! Josh's CLOSER is truly an amazing CD. my mum and i listen to it all the time, and i must say, being a 15 yr. old girl, i can appreciate his kind of music.... that is AMAZING! i only listen to Josh when it comes to foreign music and stuff. he sings any language with style. Josh is yet another talented singer! god bless him.

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