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  • Release Date: 11/15/2010
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624964964
  • Catalog Number: 524833
  • Sales rank: 6,383

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Josh Groban Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    MUST HAVE

    though at the time of this review only a single (Hidden Away) is out and not the whole album, the single blew me away. Plus, Josh Groban is like a fine wine, he just keeps getting better with age!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2010

    David Foster,where are you??

    I will always like listening to Josh Groban's music...but the real problem with great singers is the trouble they get into when they want control over their choices of music. Humans grow and change and they want their music to reflect that...however, great producers,like Foster, should be the ones choosing the music,and the singers should come in and just sing their best. We, the listeners, are not going through the life changes Josh is going through, so who cares about this music? His upper register is having problems,especially the falsetto. Please, Josh, go back to the wonderful innocence and exquisite mystery of your first albums. Get rid of this producer...go back to Foster and let him pick the music.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    A brave and thoughtful move from Josh

    It seems that many customers here gave their reviews based on what they have heard from the 4 preview songs. I would say, if you are really a big Grobanite as you claimed to be, please give him the respect and patience he deserves; at least review on a complete album, not just 4/13 of it. That said, I'm giving my review after the fourth listen to the whole album (for people wondering how it is possible by Nov. 15, please check Josh's Facebook page). Two words, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. If I didn't listen to the whole thing, I would probably agree with many other reviewers. "Hidden Away" was, in my opinion, mediocre at best; "Voce Existe Em Mim" is better for its refreshing drums, but I can see why some people dislike it. "Higher Window" is good to listen, but not too special. "L'Ora Dell'Addio" is a beautiful piece with that familiar operatic flavor, again, not too special. With these thoughts, I pressed the play button for the album... And was totally awe-struck after 3 minutes of listening. I used to be very skeptical about people making a big deal of track ordering, but this album just shows me that track orders do matter. Even though I think "Hidden Away" is a weak track, I don't want to skip it when I'm listening - this album just has that nice flow, making me want to listen from the very first minute to the last. When I fit the puzzles of preview songs into the big picture, they sound better than they used to. The album demonstrates how a good album should be - a collection of songs built around one concept, but each has its own flavor. (I wrote about the songs, but the review exceeded the character limit, so I had to delete them...) My favorite songs in the album: Bells of New York City, Galileo and War at Home. This is one of the rare albums where I cannot find any song I dislike. Even with my long time favorite "Closer", I can pick one or two. In this sense, I should probably list "Illuminations" as my favorite Josh's album so far. True that the songs seem not to have that mind blowing power as some old Josh's songs do - and I think they are not supposed to be. The songs in "Illuminations" are more introspective, and more refined. They take more times of listening, but once they are awake, they will grow on you. I find it rather sad that some people regard Josh merely as a singer. If you only want to listen to good voices, you can find a bunch out there. What makes Josh special is his passion and emotion. Surely we can't go through what Josh has been through, but if there isn't his experience and emotions in those songs in the first place, how can we get these out of them and be moved? The older albums were artistically beautiful, but this one definitely has more soul in it. In this recording, I really hear the maturing of this musician. Yes, I mean musician. Have I mentioned that he wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 13 songs? This album is a showcase of his musicianship, and a well executed one. Combining the skillful song writing, the brilliant voice, and the smart arrangement, Josh delivers yet another great album. Overall, I'm more than content to see that Josh becomes an outstanding musician. Accomplished as he is, he's still venturing to new territory - in the music world, this is what keeps a musician young. "Illumination" is a brave and thoughtful move, and deserves to be appreciated and embraced. So, go your own way, Josh, and I will follow you!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

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    rick rubin has destroyed josh groban!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this cd stinks thanks rick rubin for destroying josh groban!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    Not sure about Illuminations

    So far with this & the song previews at his official site I am not loving Josh's new stuff. The lyrics seem to be sound enough & I can appreciate he co-wrote most of the songs & the orchestration sounds very good, but not loving Josh's falsetto parts. Voce Existe Em Mim drums sound like a high school marching band & tear down Josh's voice. Overall, just ok. I do hope he returns to David Foster as that was some of his best work.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    Dark & Gloomy

    SO disappointed in this new album. Where is the passion, emotion and love that Josh put forth in his older work? And that falsetto he uses in so many of the new songs is like scratching nails on a blackboard.
    If this is what Rick Rubin did to Josh, then he is dooming him.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Awwww...

    Aw, I love Josh's music and voice, but I didn't like the songs of Illuminations at all...

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    Few standouts - but collectively a dreary experience

    After first hearing 'Hidden Away', the pre-released single, I had high hopes for this album. It was different, yet the same old Josh at the same time (as in, different sound, yet lyrically similar to his lead single 'Don't Give Up' from the last album).

    The two words that sums up this album best for me are these two words: dreary and depressing.

    All the songs here, except for 2 of them, are all about such melancholy subject matter. And don't get me wrong, I really love Josh Groban, which is why I am trying to like this album as much as i am, but I just can't help but criticise it and hate it. I just want to say one thing first about the album's producer, Rick Rubin. Do you think he could ruin it by usually producing heavy rock bands instead? Absolutely not... I think it is Josh Groban that ruins it, as the Portuguese song, 'Voce Existe Em Mim' is the most upbeat and enjoyable song on the album. Yes, the beat and drums sounds like it could have come from a Linkin Park song, but as an LP fan, this is a good thing.

    Standout songs for me are L'Ora Dell'Addio, Hidden Away, Higher Window, Voce Existe Em Mim, and War At Home (vocally but not lyrically, I'm not an American and I actually loathe artists who use "I sympathise with the soldiers" sentiments to try and sell an album).

    The first "song" is a joke - it's just short of 3 minutes worth of music, and it sounds bizarrely Irish. What a waste of recording time
    2nd song - rangeless... anyone could sing this
    3rd song - dreary and depressing song no #1
    4th song - Italian. Great, but his vibrato is showing that his voice is wearing out.
    5th song - great
    6th song - French. Note - Josh Groban can't sing low any more. His voice sounds horrible and disgusting when he sings low, which most of this song is. There is also no roundness in his voice anymore, it's hard to ever think he was considered a classical singer
    7th song - not great, but this shows off his vocal abilities best
    8th song - dumbest song you'll have ever heard. Dreary and depressing song #2
    "If I Walk Away, Please follow me". Errrrm, perhaps just don't go anywhere at all then?!?!?!? Dreary and depressing song #3
    9th song - dreary and depressing song no #4. No redeeming qualities
    10th song - Portuguese. Only song with a beat (and dare I say it, a backbone!)
    11th song - War at Home. The music and singing are great. See above for why I hate the lyrics though. Dreary and depressing song #5
    12th song - I'm sorry - did this song take just 2 minutes? Can I have my money back?
    13th song - Dreary and depressing song #6
    2 bonus songs - I am glad I don't have these, as I know that 'Le Cose Che Sei Per Me' is quite low, and as I said, Josh's voice sounds disgusting when he sings too low these days. I have this song by an Australian artist Kane Alexander on his self titled album which I would highly recommend to any Josh Groban fan. He writes amazing songs himself without a dreary lyric in sight.


    Would I recommend fans of his to buy this? Absolutely not. Just get the few good songs from itunes. or even illegally download it so you don't support this album in any way whatsoever, because I really think this album is THAT bad :(

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Love it!

    Beautifully written songs by Josh and gorgeous orchestrations. This is Josh at his finest.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    I don't like it !

    I'm in love with the most amazing voice I have ever heard in my life. And he has the amazing gift to change people's lives. But I don't know about this "Illuminations" I am very disappointed... I'll still buy his new Album, because I am a huge fan. But Josh, I hope you go back to David Foster.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    Great!!!!

    I don't understand the poor reviews. Yes this album is different and when you first listen you are not quite sure what you think of it. But this is Josh-just let him in and he will grab you with his voice an never let go.

    I'm sure by the 2nd or 3rd listen you will agree this is a captivating album!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Stunning CD!

    Can't wait to get my hands on this. Have already downloaded the four songs released as singles and they're without a doubt absolutely stunning. Josh wrote or co-wrote 11 tracks on this CD and allows us to enjoy his growth as a song-writer and musician. This CD is different from his other albums but if you enjoy a more refined grandiose treatment then not to worry since Josh stated the other day that he'll probably make another album with David Foster in about a year so you'll get the full-blown effect in that CD. Personally I'm looking forward to this one for the minimized treatment and more honest sound.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    A MUST HAVE FOR ANY JOSH GROBAN FAN!!

    I recently saw Josh in concert, and although his live performances are even more spectacular than his recordings, his voice is matched by no one. His soothing, rich baritone voice melts your heart as you hear some of the most beautiful songs ever sung by him. Josh Groban is my favorite artist of all time, and YOU MUST OWN THIS ALBUM.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Awful! wish I had read reviews first before buying

    I am terribly disappointed with this CD. If I could return it and get my money back, I would. I like Josh Groban and have purchased several of his previous CD's. This CD sounds like an amateurish, feeble attempt, by someone with an iffish talent trying to make it. It's pretty sad when someone who works for or with him doesn't tell him how awful something sounds before it is released. I am embarrassed for him. If I could give this review a minus rating, I would. And next time I will be sure to listen to one or two of the songs and read the reviews before I make a purchase. I won't trust the artist anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Bravo! Love this CD!

    This creates a totally different mood than his past work (which has always been excellent). He seems to give more of himself both in the writing and in the performance. His singing is always beautiful but I think there is more emotion and power throughout this CD. His falsetto is crystal clear, right on the mark, and adds excitement to the songs. I love his classical work but hope to hear more of this style as well. Beautifully done - Congratulations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

    It is simply wonderful...

    After having a couple favorites listening the first time around, there are those songs on this album that have quickly become favotires as well. Very well done showcasing the simplistic artistry and creativity that this voice can express. I absolutely love this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2010

    Different, but I love it!

    I absolutely love this album. The words in each song paint a beautiful mental picture. Every line is descriptive, heart felt and the music draws you in. This album does carry a slightly different tone from his previous albums,as it seems to sound more melancholy, but I like it. The drums in Voce Existe Em Mim are amazing! Personally, I think Josh did a marvelous job with this album and I definitely recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2010

    Currently listening to this for the second time today

    on my headphones (old school). Bells of New York is a beautiful song; also Galileo - I love the ending - I do not agree with the reviewer about Josh's falsetto. However, he is having trouble supporting the notes containing a long e - those particular notes are reedy and breathy and too bright. I must admit, I am usually moved to tears by at least one of his songs - that is not happening this time, but that needn't be a criterion for enjoyment of this wonderful album. L'Ora Dell'Addio - excellent. I can do without Hidden Away, but the rest of the album is great.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2010

    I don't like this Album!

    I agree with many of the other comments, HELP David Foster!!!!!! I truly respect Josh's desire to 'branch out and do something he has been wanting to do' -- but Josh has such a voice that is angelic when singing traditional songs and ballads -- that is his TRUE calling! I have been a fan since the beginning of his career, I will however, put this CD on the shelf. I can HONESTLY say that I did NOT LIKE ONE OF THE SONGS! Such a dissappointment to the fans. Josh is capable of GREAT things, and this ALBUM is not one of them. Sorry, but please go back to David Foster, he is one of the seven wonders of the world.

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