- My Confession
- Mi Mancherai [featuring Joshua Bell]
- Si Volvieras A Mi
- When You Say You Love Me
- Per Te
- All'Improviso Amore
- Broken Vow
- Remember When It Rained
- Hymne A L'Amour
- You Raise Me Up
- Never Let Go [with Deep Forest]
- Mi Morena
- She's Out Of My Life
Closer [Limited Edition]by Josh Groban
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 choirbacked "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.
- Release Date:
- Reprise / Wea
Performance CreditsJosh Groban Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals
Martin Page Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Guitar (Nylon String)
David Foster Bass,Piano,Keyboards
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
Jim Copley Drums
David Fall Drums
Russell Broom Electric Guitar
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
Bill Dillon Guitorgan
Debbie Gates Choir, Chorus
Deep Forest Group
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Courtney Blooding Background Vocals
Brian Fairweather Guitar (Nylon String)
Technical CreditsJeremy Lubbock Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Martin Page Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
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
David Foster Arranger,Producer
Klaus Derendorf Arranger,Producer
Felipe Elgueta Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Pierre Jacquot Engineer
Dave Reitzas Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Pro-Tools
Alejandro Rodriguez Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth Engineer,Pro-Tools
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
Kenny O'Brien Pro-Tools
Christian Robles Pro-Tools
Courtney Blooding Pro-Tools
Jorge Vivo Pro-Tools
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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.
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.
I've already heard two of the songs from the album. They've been released on www.joshgroban.com. All I can say is AMAZING!!! He has really taken a leap foward from his debut album.
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!!
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.
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.
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!!!
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!!!!!
i have only heard one song "Oceano" and it is remarkable!!! Totally makes me excited for the CD to come out!!!
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.
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!
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!!!!!!
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 Amazon.com... and it's STILL IN PRE-ORDERS! This is as good as it gets! Order while you still can!
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.
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!
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).
"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.
This cd is as good as it gets. BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT!!! You won't be sorry.
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!
Josh Groban is a very talented singer and this cd is just as good or even better than his first. He Rocks My Socks!!!
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
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.
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!!
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.