Awake (U.S. Version)
 
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Awake (U.S. Version)

November 7, 2006

$6.99
  Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
Mai
4:35
2
You Are Loved [Don't Give Up]
4:48
3
Un Dia Llegara
4:17
4
February Song
5:12
5
L'Ultima Notte
4:21
6
So She Dances
4:54
7
In Her Eyes
4:54
8
Solo Por Ti
3:59
9
Now Or Never
3:38
10
Un Giorno Per Noi
5:14
11
Lullaby [With Ladysmith Black Mambazo]
2:32
12
Weeping [With Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Vusi Mahlasela]
4:44
13
Machine [With Herbie Hancock]
4:54

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 3, 2006
  • Release Date: November 3, 2006
  • Label: 143/Reprise
  • Copyright: 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 58:02
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  • ASIN: B0012239EE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (556 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,346 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas came early this year November 7, 2006
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The twenty-five year old phenomenon with the swoon-inducing baritone returns with his third studio album just in time for Christmas, and I'm guessing that many of his fans are going to give themselves a pre-season treat.

Groban expands his horizons on this album, writing and producing some of the tracks, and mixing it up with international artistes like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Herbie Hancock, not forgetting Dave Matthews, Five for Fighting and of course David Foster. Following his earlier formula, there are tracks in English, Italian and Spanish, and although the lyrics may be in another language, this doesn't detract from the simple and timeless beauty of the music.

First single "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)" is one of the most inspiring tracks, with lyrics like "Don't give up / It's just the weight of the world / When you're heart's heavy / I...I will lift it for you", but the crème de la crème as far as I'm concerned is the amazing "February Song" where he accompanies himself on the piano.

Another track to note is "So She Dances" and then there's "In Her Eyes", but one that'll stop you in your tracks is "Lullaby", written by Groban and Dave Matthews, and sung a cappella with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. If you liked Paul Simon's "Graceland", you'll love "Weeping", also with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and what better way to close an album than a collaboration with Herbie Hancock.

Third time's another charmer for Josh Groban.

Amanda Richards, November 7, 2006
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184 of 204 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Josh in a new direction November 8, 2006
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I am a huge fan of Josh's first two CDs and I expected to love Awake too; playing it quite a few times puts it close to love, but more like appreciation for the things he's experimenting with and some of his collaborations.

In my opinion, without (for the most part) the guiding hand of David Foster, Josh seems more experimental here. He's kept the orchestra on most songs, but the piano-driven melodies of Closer aren't as prominent here. Josh also has more songwriting credits than before.

Of the 13 songs, 8 are in English this time, and those 8 seem to me to be more "radio friendly" than some of his past work, "You're Still You" excepted. Of those 8, the collaboration with Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik ("February Song") is by far the most likely to be a radio hit. The omission of the title track is ridiculous; I would have given up two of the other songs to make room for it.

For me, the weakest part of this CD is the selection of a couple of songs that seem totally out of place here, even if this is a "new" Josh. "Lullaby" with Ladysmith and Black Mambazo and "Weeping" with Ladysmith, Black Mambazo and Vusi Mahlasela are awful. They both seem like fragments of a song and I still can't figure out how they fit into the theme of this CD. The one excellent collaboration is "Machine" with the fabulous Herbie Hancock.

I wish I could say that every song moved me, but that's not the case. I've grown to like "Mai," "You Are Loved," "February Song,""Ungiorno Per Noi," and the fun "Machine." The other songs leave me with the feeling that something's missing.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Josh! November 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Josh Groban fan for quite some time now. Ever since I

heard his rendition of "the prayer" he's been one of my favorite

musicians. I was somewhat let down by his recent albums with the

"pop" turn his music was going in like "Closer". Also the live

albums were great, but there was nothing new. This album goes back to

his roots from his self titled album "Josh Groban" released in 2001.

The first single "You are Loved" is probably as pop as the album

gets, and even that song is simply amazing with his falsetto. Songs

like "L'Ultima Notte" and "So She dances" mix his classical style

with the soft rock feel that classic Josh fans should love. Solo Por

Ti brings back the classic guitar heard in earlier songs like

"alejate" and "vincent". the acapella track "Lullabye" is a real

change for Josh. You can hear the influence from Dave Matthews in

background vocals. Apparently it was inspired to his recent trip to

South Africa (where dave matthews is from) where he also met Nelson

Mandela. He performs this with the help of Ladysmith Black Mambazo,

which really gives it an almost gospel sound type sound not heard

from Josh before. "weeping", also performed with Ladysmith Black

Mambazo has more of a "tribal" feel to it (like Lion King) also,

excellent and different for Josh.

Though the bonus tracks are great on the Special Edition, I'm not

sure the almost double price difference is worth it. The DVD is only

33 minutes long and simply is the "making" of the album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
The first disappointment was as titled AWAKE, it hadn't the song, Awake, something I guess I overlooked when I checked it out for purchasing.
Published 29 days ago by Carol M. Kite
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME Album
Every song on this album is spine tingling. Myself, my mother and my Aunt all love this album. can't go wrong with this.
Published 1 month ago by peaches
4.0 out of 5 stars Awake by Josh Groban
A nice CD, but too many songs in other lanquages. Not my favorite.CD of Josh Groban's.
I will check out the individual songs more carefully next time.
Published 1 month ago by Jean C.
5.0 out of 5 stars music
josh groban good voice, good training from voice teacher, he can sing opera, and the like, he's big right now
Published 2 months ago by marcos
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommending Josh Groban
This is an amazing cd! I love the sound of his voice. This is an incredible cd to listen to for relaxation and to create a serene environment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monica Reents
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Love his music and his voice. Beautiful songs, some are rather haunting, some are inspiring and will give you a positive uplifting feeling.
Published 2 months ago by NJ
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, Wonderful Josh!
His voice can soothe or excite, energize or lull you into relaxed contentment. Beautiful voice, beautiful arrangements, beautiful music for the soul.
Published 3 months ago by Susan Drago
5.0 out of 5 stars How to NOT love Josh Groban!
I gave these as Christmas gifts to my single girlfriends for the "You Are Loved" song that I heard on Pandora radio.
His voice is wonderful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michelle J
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Original
This is an original mix of songs. If you love Groban's voice and like to see him branch out and try different kind of music to sing to, you should love this collection. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. M. Keefer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Joy
Excellent! Pure. Moving. The 10th song is the theme to Romeo and Juliet and its so beautiful. I only ordered this CD because my old one was scratched from playing it so much. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Malave
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