Stages [LP] [B&N Exclusive]

Stages [LP] [B&N Exclusive]

by Josh Groban
     
 

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Josh Groban always skirted the edges of middlebrow pop so it's a certain relief to hear the classical singer go all in on 2015's Stages, a tribute to the great songs of the Great White Way. He throws a few movie tunes in for good measure, including the opening "Pure Imagination" from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and "Over the Rainbow," but the

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Josh Groban always skirted the edges of middlebrow pop so it's a certain relief to hear the classical singer go all in on 2015's Stages, a tribute to the great songs of the Great White Way. He throws a few movie tunes in for good measure, including the opening "Pure Imagination" from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and "Over the Rainbow," but the concentration is on A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, The Fantasticks, Into the Woods, and Sunday in the Park with George -- lots of Sondheim, lots of musicals from after the peak of '60s crossover. Nevertheless, in its handsome deliberation, Stages does feel like a throwback to '60s LPs comprised of tunes everybody knows, sung by singers everybody knows. Groban in some ways benefits from a less operatic setting, as it naturally scales back his soaring excess, and the record is also nicely modulated -- a mellow, attractive journey to the middle of the road, a place that seems to suit Groban just fine.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2015
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624928362
catalogNumber:
548292
Rank:
6651

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Pure Imagination
  2. What I Did for Love
  3. Bring Him Home
  4. Le Temps de Cathedrales
  5. All I Ask
  6. Try to Remember
  7. Over the Rainbow
  8. Children Will Listen/Not While I'm Around

Disc 2

  1. Old Devil Moon
  2. Finishing the Hat
  3. If I Loved You
  4. You'll Never Walk Alone
  5. Gold Can Turn to Sand
  6. Empty Chairs
  7. Anthem

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