Noel

Noel

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by Josh Groban
     
 

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Pop-classical sensation Josh Groban gets the Christmas spirit on his fourth studio album, Noel, a superbly produced, holiday-themed showcase for the 26-year-old's smooth singing. Veering between pop-oriented and lush classical arrangements, the album delivers a delightful variety of approaches to Yultetide favorites. "Silent Night"…  See more details below

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Pop-classical sensation Josh Groban gets the Christmas spirit on his fourth studio album, Noel, a superbly produced, holiday-themed showcase for the 26-year-old's smooth singing. Veering between pop-oriented and lush classical arrangements, the album delivers a delightful variety of approaches to Yultetide favorites. "Silent Night" kicks off the set in classic style, assisted by the boys' choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, with majestic accompaniment from the London Symphony Orchestra. Next up, "Little Drummer Boy" gets a contrasting rhythm-driven treatment, with guitarist Andy McKee supporting Groban's rich vocals. Further pop-styled tracks feature duets with Brian McKnight ("Angels We Have Heard on High") and Faith Hill ("The First Noel," with the added boost of a gospel choir), while "I'll Be Home for Christmas" mixes in touching messages home from soldiers serving overseas -- a device that risks sounding maudlin but instead tugs genuinely on the heart strings. Wrapping things up in a neat bow, Groban channels his inner Andrea Bocelli on "Panis Angelicus" -- perhaps his most operatic-sounding track ever -- and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir helps to send it thrillingly over the top on the album closer "O Come All Ye Faithful." Produced by hitmaker David Foster, with expert arrangements from Bill Ross and others, Groban's first collection of seasonal songs is sure to be a Yuletide smash.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Vocalist Josh Groban delivers his first Christmas themed album with 2007's Noel. Once again produced by longtime "man behind the curtain" David Foster, the album features more of Groban's dewy, supple vocals set to Foster's cinematic orchestrations. As per the holiday theme, these are primarily classic tunes of the season including such chestnuts as "Silent Night," "Ave Maria," and, of course, "The Christmas Song." However, also included are a few lesser-known traditional songs as "Panis Angelicus" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." Similarly, while most of the productions here should appeal to longtime fans of Groban's particular classical-crossover sound, some cuts like soft rock inflected "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and the Celtic folk leaning "Little Drummer Boy" do expand upon the Groban/Foster palette in a pleasing way. Notably, also showcased here are guest appearances by country superstar Faith Hill, R&B stalwart Brian McKnight, and perennial holiday backing band the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Toronto Star - John Terauds
1/2 Groban is in excellent form.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Rosa Colucci
The disc is masterfully produced with crystal-clear arrangements and beautiful singing.... A worthy addition to your holiday collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624992950
catalogNumber:
231548

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Groban   Primary Artist,Piano
London Symphony Orchestra   Ensemble
Keith Allen   Choir, Chorus
Andy McKee   Guitar
Richard Page   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dean Parks   Guitar
John Longhurst   Pipe organ
Shawne Jackson   Choir, Chorus
Angela Fisher   Choir, Chorus
Andrea Jones   Choir, Chorus
Kurt Lykes   Choir, Chorus
James Chip Burney   Choir, Chorus
Courtney Blooding   Choir, Chorus
Cammie Knight   Choir, Chorus
Lucia Micarelli   Violin,Soloist
Richard Redd   Choir, Chorus
Esther Marie Austin   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Jeremy Lubbock   Orchestration
Kirk Franklin   Arranger,Director
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
William Ross   Arranger,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Brad Dechter   Arranger,Orchestration,Choir Arrangement
Bill Ives   Director
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Craig D. Jessop   Director
Trent Walker   Engineer
Sean Adams   Engineer
E. Taylor   Arranger
Josh Groban   Arranger
Jochem van der Saag   Programming,Engineer,Sound Design
Jorge Vivo   Engineer
Ellen Wakayama   Art Direction
David Romano   Vocal Coach
Matt Taylor   Art Direction
David Foster   Producer

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Noel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As my mom lay comatose for the final night of her life, I held her hand through the wee hours of the night, praying, crying and listening to this beautiful CD. The following morning, 30+ family members crowded into her ICU room and tearfully listened to the words to Thankful, reminding us of all Mom/Grandma gave to each of us, before having her breathing tube removed. No song, no voice, will ever mean as much to each of us as this beautiful song, sung so purely and with such heart, as Josh Groban. I'm so thankful he has chosen to share the gifts of his talented voice and rich emotions with all the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing that would have made this CD perfect...O Holy Night. Joshs' rendition of O Holy Night is only second best to Pavarotti :o"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Groban has a magnificent voice, and from start to finish - no disappointments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best CD I ever bought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD last Christmas, I love the CD and love every song he sings. He has a great voice. I recommend this CD to anyone.
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ckvan More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with this album. The arrangment are done beautifully! If you are looking for a Christmas Album you can't go wrong with this one.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I know it will be one of the best Christmas albums of all time!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
His version of O Holy Night is Chilling it's so beautiful. I love Josh and can't wait til this comes out
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Groban and classical Christmas songs. What more is there to say? If you have any appreciation for an outstanding voice, then buy this cd! Buy some for your friends and family too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Groban is truly one of the best voices in the world! I have been waiting for a Christmas Album since I first heard the song "Believe" from Polar Express! I know his CD will be a favorite! It should definitely be in your collection of Christmas CD's!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prior to listening to the snippets, I knew I would buy the CD, as there is no better voice than Josh Groban's. After listening to these snippets, I WANT IT NOW!!! If you love Christmas music, please don't let this Christmas pass without buying this CD. Josh at Christmas---can life get any better?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs to buy this album! You will regret not buying this! If ever there was a Christmas album to buy, it's this one! Josh's voice is pure enjoyment to listen to, and these songs will enrapture and enchant you! I LOVE this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The clarity and depth of his voice and the classic tones of traditional Christmas music are a wonderful match. Warm, but with a pared-down modern acoustical flavor. This album is like honey for your ears and a must-have for celebrating the holidays this year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a Christmas cd from my favorite artist! Imagine, Josh Groban's voice singing some of the most time honored Christmas classics. Heavenly! Divine! A must have for every Christmas music lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh has such a PERFECT voice for Christmas music. I can't wait to get this and I'm sure I will be listening to it long after Christmas is over. He sings like an Angel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No one on this earth could protray the beauty of this season with their voice but Josh Groban. This is a long awaited for CD by his faithful fans and anyone who purchases this will be a fan forever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I have been waiting for Josh to put out a Christmas CD for some time and the snippets are unbelieveable! This will be a classic for MANY years to come!!!! I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those samples were a big tease...weren't they? "trying to be patient...sigh" I just love the fact that there are alot of the traditional carols on this album. Josh has a phenomenal voice and a heart that matches. I for one can't wait to get it, and I know that I'll be in tears when I'll be home for Christmas comes on...being far from home "sniff, sniff". With love like this, how can you go wrong?