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Awake (U.S. Version)

November 7, 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • 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 (566 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,593 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Beautiful voice, beautiful arrangements, beautiful music for the soul.
Susan Drago
Just like many people who have reviewed this album, I have been a fan of Josh Groban's since the beginning.
Josh Groban is one of my favorite singers, and I think this cd is one of the best he's done.

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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Countess Chocula on 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 By A. Fleischmann on November 7, 2006
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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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