Closer

Closer

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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

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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 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:
11/11/2003
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624845027
catalogNumber:
48450
Rank:
6690

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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
I don't care what ANYONE says--Josh Groban has a gorgeous voice!!! A good friend lent this CD to me this past week, and it was the best borrowed CD I have ever had the good fortune to come upon. What a serendipitous find! Happily, I finally bought the album yesterday. His voice is piercing, full of a clarity and sincerity rarely found in today's pop music. Not only that, his songs themselves are lovely and meaningful. I find myself wanting to cry at certain times when listening to this album. Josh Groban has certainly been blessed in his talent. Don't ignore "Mi Mancherai (Il Postino)": it is an absolute jewel. Joshua Bell's violin performance only adds to the beauty of Josh's vocals. "When You Say You Love Me" is 100x better than anything an American Idol could ever produce, and "You Raise Me Up" is a song in the tradition of a great classic, "Danny Boy." Enjoy the magnificent music of Josh Groban!
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 great. The instruments and josh's voice create perfect harmony. Today 2/03/05 I decided to buy this album at my local Barnes & Noble this cd is Fantastic!! I hope to find more of this Beautiful voice. Brandon Cowden
Guest More than 1 year ago
One word: Wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Groban's CD "Closer" is definitely everything I've been waiting for in his new release. This CD has a different sound then his first release, but the sound compliments his voice just as well. I recommend "Closer" to anyone who loves Josh Groban or Classical music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love you josh groban thank you for your wonderful song i love you...........
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I GOT THIS ALBUM AND FELL IN LOVE WITH JOSH GROBANS' VOICE. SO I BOUGHT HIS FIRST CD AND THE LIVE IN CONCERT CD/DVD.THE FIRST ALBUM WAS GOOD BUT THE SECOND WAS BETTER.I HAVE READ LOTS OF THESE REVIEWS AND ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE SAID THE SECOND ALBUM WAS NOT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST.YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HIS VOICE HAS GROWN, HIS MUSIC MORE POWERFUL AND HE WAS PART OF THE WRTING PROCESS ON THIS ALBUM.CLOSER IS A BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awsome, doesn't get any better than this!! Closer and his first CD stay in my CD player 24/7!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He is the best singer ever. Yes ever. If you don't believe me get the album. Thank me later.
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
Look, I'm a big fan of Josh Groban. I absolutely love his voice, and I personally like the fact that there is at least one twenty-something artist out there who can actually sing (Unlike a certain Britney Spears) The problem is, the boy needs better material. What is with all the cheese whiz on this album? I find myself only being able to listen to the songs in different languages; the ones in English drive me up the wall with their awful lyrics. Ugh. Only "Per Te", "Mi Manchari", and "Oceano" made it on to my iPod, out of thirteen songs or so. Groban's got more than enough talent; he just needs to take it to another level than this psuedo pop-opera stuff. Get himself in a Broadway musical or maybe even a real opera. See if they're remaking Moulin Rogue any time soon (though I rather doubt they are). Anything that keeps him from singing "You Raise Me Up" ever again.
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
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!
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
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
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.
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