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by Josh Groban

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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 �berproducer 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Reprise / Wea


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
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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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
So far I've only heard 2 songs that were released on teh net from "CLOSER" and I have no doubt in my mind that this will be the best cd you EVER purchase! Josh is AMAZING. There are no words for his talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've already heard two of the songs from the album. They've been released on All I can say is AMAZING!!! He has really taken a leap foward from his debut album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first single off this album, You Raise Me Up, FABULOUS....He's not backing down from his strong debut at all. Buy this CD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just beautiful. Oceano and You Raise Me Up continue to show in the strength in Josh Groban's voice. November 11th can't get here soon enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 2 songs OCEANO and YOU RAISE ME UP are just so incredible. His voice is so powerful and the music are so wonderful! I can't wait for Nov. 11. Everybody should buy this CD and enjoy the voice and talent of JOSH GROBAN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is not yet released but I've heard two songs from the album on Josh Groban's website and they are phenominal! Based on those first two songs I'm giving Closer five well deserved stars. Groban has done it again!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having only listened to two songs of the album, "Oceano" and "You Raise Me Up", I can tell that the rest of this album is going to be breathtaking!! Josh never fails to amaze us with his God given talent and I don't think he ever wil!! Preorder this now!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have only heard one song "Oceano" and it is remarkable!!! Totally makes me excited for the CD to come out!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With a voice like a spirited young angel, who wouldn't fall in love with this man's accomplished voice. It is like being lifted away in a dream when the tunes escape his lips. I highly reccomend all Josh Groban's CD's I own them and Love them all. What a talented artist with a heart of gold and vocal cords to match.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the album has not been released yet, I have listened to two of the songs that will be on the album ("You Raise Me Up, and "Oceano")From what I can tell, this album is going to be no less than expected--Absolutly SPECTACULAR! I highly recommend Josh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
yes, this is the best album of the year! i love josh's voice and the way he sings (nad talks, looks, shakes his pinkie when hes nervous....) im really looking forward to this cd, i hope you all are too! and if you're reading this but have never heard josh sing, go buy his debut album!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Josh Groban has exhibited his fantastic voice. In this album, several songs which were considered a bit "Distant" from his style, were incorporated to make some hair-raising arrangements! With guests like Joshua Bell, Deep Forest and others; this album is what the Grobanites have been waiting for! I've been a Grobanite for 3 years now... and I'll say... this is IT! We've been waiting for this forever now! Based on the two singles that have been put up for streaming; the album will top sales charts upon release... as it has already been #1 at and it's STILL IN PRE-ORDERS! This is as good as it gets! Order while you still can!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All Grobanites are highly anticipating the next album of one of music's most talented and soulful artists. 3 songs are already available for listener's to hear. I've heard them all, and may I say they are all what I expected and more. This album is sure to be a hit. Josh keeps us grobanites satisfied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being an avid fan, I went to the bookstore to check and see if they had any clips to listen to. I heard almost five full songs of the most beautiful voice in the world, and was so excited. I couldn't wait to hear just one of the new songs. The tone quality is excellent, the lyrics and music absolutely breath-taking. A must-hear if you enjoy this type of music. It's worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the second album, I'm now convinced that Josh Groban is a magnificent talent. I knew he could sing selections in Italian and Spanish, but wondered how he would fare with French. In "Hymne A L'Amour" I found that his voice and range could do very well. I love "My Confession," more than any other English song. However, I'm sure that the entire album will grow on me just as the first. To my shock, my 15 year-old daughter is also a fan! (she thinks he's a dream and loves his voice).
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Closer" illustrates some serious growth for Josh Groban. He cowrote and plays piano on "Remember When It Rained" which is a risky endeavor but it's great to see. Some of the tracks sound kinda like a romance novel seduction ("Broken Vow" and "She's Out of My Life"). However, some are straight up amazing like "Oceano" which completely capitalizes on what it is that Josh Groban does best: sing - dead on the pitch and with warmth and lots of delicious orchestrations, harmony and volume. He can interpret a ballad in an unassuming and understated way depsite a deep resonance that can be heard in the next county. That juxtaposition of extreme vocal talent and supressed emotional lingering is what creates his mystique. It's always hard to tell what Josh Groban is thinking or feeling when he sings but the illusion of detachment doesn't interfere with the extraordinary delivery on each track it makes it more interesting. Even if a couple tracks are skippable - the cd overall is a demonstrative big bang.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is as good as it gets. BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT!!! You won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great. It showcases Gorban's extraordinary musical talent. Josh exlores other horizons from a combination of his typical euro classic to pop and then gospel. His gospel themed You raise me up is my favorite. I am really glad I bought this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Groban is a very talented singer and this cd is just as good or even better than his first. He Rocks My Socks!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album the first day it was available, but made the mistake of only buying one. I had to go back to Barnes and Noble to get three more (two sisters, one daughter). Of course it's for their Christmas presents. This CD is terrific with strong vocals from our favorite male artist of all time. The background music is lovely. Every selection is wonderful
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought the second album and have to admit that I was curious as to how it would even match the first. Although the selections are very different I do love them. I would love to hear Josh sing "Plaisir d'amour" in French also since he did such a great job with "Hymne a l'amour" in this album. He is wonderful with Italian, Spanish and now French! When I saw "She's Out of My Life" on the play list my heart sank. I hated that old tune. However, Josh made it gorgeous. I think he could sing the alphabet and make it beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard of josh when i was at work... when i first heard it, i was in awe.... just to hear music in such a way that made me want to sing as well! Very romantic sounding songs which are just the best!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Johs's voice! I have his first CD and now own "Closer" too. I did not care for the first selection - Oceano. The other selection I did no like was "Caruso". The rest of the CD is very nice and I listen to it daily. His voice is so much better than many now famous singers. Keep up the good work. Josh's music has brought comfort to me since the death of my mother.