Closer [Limited Edition]

Closer [Limited Edition]

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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 DavidSee more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624860624
catalogNumber:
48606

Tracks

  1. Oceano
  2. My Confession
  3. Mi Mancherai [featuring Joshua Bell]
  4. Si Volvieras A Mi
  5. When You Say You Love Me
  6. Per Te
  7. All'Improviso Amore
  8. Broken Vow
  9. Caruso
  10. Remember When It Rained
  11. Hymne A L'Amour
  12. You Raise Me Up
  13. Never Let Go [with Deep Forest]
  14. Mi Morena
  15. She's Out Of My Life

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh 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 Credits

Jeremy 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
Malavasi   Producer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Pierre Jacquot   Engineer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer,Digital Editing,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
Vlado Meller   Mastering
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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