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Closer

Josh GrobanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (714 customer reviews)

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With his sixth album, All That Echoes, Josh Groban has at once built on the touchstone artistry that has made him a global pop star for more than a decade and expanded his ambitious reach into richly rewarding new territory.
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  • Audio CD (November 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000CFW87
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (714 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oceano
2. My Confession
3. Il Postino (Mi Mancherai)
4. Si Volvieras a Mi
5. When You Say You Love Me
6. Per Te
7. All Improvviso Amore
8. Broken Vow
9. Caruso
10. Remember When It Rained
11. Hymne a l'Amour
12. You Raise Me Up
13. Never Let Go

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Thanks to a fortuitous intersection of talent and fate, 22-year-old Josh Groban hasn't finished his senior year in performing arts school but has already released his sophomore effort on a major major label. Fans of the young vocal phenom's debut will find much to enthrall them here, even if it nudges the singer closer to the center of producer/mentor David Foster's MOR pop sensibilities. Eschewing much of its predecessor's more overt classic-lite pretensions and pop-rock covers for a slate of dramatic, Eurocentric ballads that serve as a showcase for the singer's inviting baritone, Groban shrewdly positions himself as the American alternative to the Bocelli-Watson crossover axis. "Caruso" may find the singer falling short of its operatic inspiration, but "Oceano" and "My Confession" quickly showcase his true dramatic range (which seems to all but yearn for a bona fide Broadway musical challenge), while a vocal take of Bacalov's graceful "Il Postino" theme uses classical virtuoso Joshua Bell's violin flourishes to good effect. To his credit, Groban displays some promising efforts at songwriting collaboration on the bittersweet "Per Te" and "Remember When It Rains," while the ambient/ethnic soundscape of Deep Forest's "Never Let Go" offers a teasing alternative to the record's otherwise melodramatic production formula. Groban has found commercial triumph via Foster's mentoring, but there remains a nagging sense here that he hasn't truly pushed himself as an artist--yet. --Jerry McCulley

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Josh Groban, the biggest-selling male debut artist of 2002, returns with his second studio album, Closer. With his self-titled debut Top 10 and triple platinum -+ and still well in the Top 200 after 91+ weeks -+ Closer finds the young singer once more in the studio with esteemed producer David Foster (Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand) and a handful of special guests. A sophisticated pop phenomenon, Groban is back with a phenomenal new album.

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295 of 318 people found the following review helpful
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I became a Josh Groban fan after I saw his PBS concert special. His voice just takes my breath away. He has such a mature voice despite his young age. I wasted no time getting his second album. I have no regrets purchasing "Closer". Often artists change their musical formula either too much or the other main complaint is lack of variety and not evolving enough musically. I think Josh's cd has an excellent balance between the two. His first album was sung mostly in italian and english. Closer has a variety of songs sung in italian, english, spanish, and french. Definitely a good move in a positive way because I can appreciate his voice in that many more languages. His voice is beautiful and he has a powerful range. "Remember when it rained" is a very slow and tender ballad which is wonderful to listen to. I didn't know he wrote the lyrics until I saw it in the cd cover. It is one of my favorite songs. "You Raise Me Up" is also a good song- very patriotic sounding. "My Confession" is also great- the texture and rhythms make it sound incredible. I enjoyed the opening track "Oceano", Si Volvieras a Mi, All Improvisio Amore, and Mi Mancherai (with the beautiful violin accompaniment). Overall, I was very impressed with Josh's second album. Although I have absolutely no understanding of what he is saying in the foreign songs, he still sounds great. Get "Closer" to Josh and you won't be disappointed.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true musician November 14, 2003
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I was a reluctant convert to Josh Groban's first CD, which eventually won me over by his extraordinary voice; he stands apart from most singers by the amazing sincerity with which he delivers his songs. 'Closer' has been harder to adjust to -- he is definitely taking steps away from the song choices of his debut CD. Some of the songs are moving on first hearing, but I've found most become much more beautiful on repeat hearings. There is no doubt that he has made enormous strides vocally, and lets loose on his top range, which is far stronger (and higher) than he showed before.
My favorite was 'Remember When It Rained', which I found very different from the rest of the album in structure and maturity - what a surprise to discover that he co-wrote it. I think this album can put to rest the fears that his talents may have been nothing more than music business opportunism. He has lost none of his impeccable phrasing and sincerity, he has moved in a much more mature direction (especially for such a young man), and shows a professionalism and commitment to his talents and to his music. An excellent, excellent cd.
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151 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Fantastic Masterpiece in second album November 12, 2003
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Josh's debut self-titled CD blew me away, and I waited what seems forever for his second. This set of recordings is more masterful and more beautiful than his first if that's possible. Each track takes my breath away and moves me to a higher plane.
Music has always been intertwined with my emotions and I think this album covers them all! As music sooths the savage beast in all of us, "Closer" has the ability to rise goose bumps on our souls and bring tears of joy for a voice that spans generations, for an artist who already should be listed as one of our great voices of all times....Just buy it...DO IT!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Josh returns, and all I can say is, great work. December 1, 2003
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The headline of my review for this album says it all very quickly. The moment I heard that this was coming out, I almost literally felt my heart give a jump, and that says a lot. This was well worth the wait. That smooth baritone voice has improved with age (even though he's still just 23). This is every bit as good as his first CD, and I will be bold and say that I actually prefer this one to the first one.
Oceano- Reminiscent (to me) in spirit to "Alla Luce Del Sole". This is carried by lovely piano work with drums in places, buoyed by Josh's exquisite singing. This feels to me like a hymn or song of celebration, almost like a song of honor to the ocean, despite it's relatively quick pace.
My Confession- I LOVE this. It's my favorite piece on the CD in fact. Heavy on beautiful flamenco guitar, with nicely invigorating soft drums and a touch of gorgeous string work. Someone has tried to shut himself off from the power of love, and now must tell the woman he loves that he can no longer escape the power of the pangs for her that he carries in his heart and soul
Mi Mancherai - This is the theme from the movie, Il Postino. I did not see the film, nor do I speak Italian, but I like this song anyway. The combination of Josh's wonderful singing and Joshua Bell's lovely violin work produces a sure-fire winner.
Si Volvieras A Mi- This to me is in the same spirit as "Alejate" from his debut CD, but that's NOT a bad thing. It's great in fact, as I love that song too. I guess it's just that to me this one feels different somehow. I really like the melody in this song, and Josh's singing is, as always, first rate.
When You Say You Love Me- This one took a bit to grow on me, but it's lovely nonetheless.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well. August 8, 2004
By Laura
Format:Audio CD
After walking into a local records shop, I was struck by the beautiful music playing in the background and wondered who on earth the owner of this heavenly voice could be, whereupon I discovered Josh Groban. That record was his debut album, self-titled.

And since then I have thanked the day that I walked into that record shop and to the amusement of the cashier paid for whatever they were playing on the spot. Anyone who is familiar with his music will understand: if not, I will explain.

Josh Groban is one of those artists that seems to hold his own, that doesn't need publicity but carries his work with that indefinable majesty. Every song he sings he seems to know your emotions, seems to connect with them through the tones of his voice. For such a young voice to carry so much emotion is remarkable. Truly Remarkable.

So, after hearing the inspiring, sometimes simply heartbreaking and always BEAUTIFUL debut album, I was rather split. Did I buy the album CLOSER, which I craved just to hear new melodies being commanded by this voice, or did I not buy it and be safe with the debut - would it let the splendour of the first album down? Would his songs sink in to that usually inevitable repetitive genre, that does not inspire, that does not send a shiver up your spine repeatedly and a stirring in your stomach?

It was better than the debut album. That's something hard to beat.

Only a minute in was I to the first track, that I laughed out loud to the delightful feelings of inspiration the natural power and passion of Josh Groban's voice.

If you dear reader are strange to this true talent, then please drop any hesitation you may have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Closer
Love Josh Groban. I have had this cd for years but purchased it for my Kindle fire. I probably could have somehow used the cd to transfer it but I am not that tech savvy. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Joan A. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best
Josh Groban just keeps on getting better and better. People recognize his songs but don't know who's performing them, but once told, they want to listen to more.
Published 23 days ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a definite LIKE
Very happy with my CD, everything Josh does is terrific. Ordered a couple others of Josh Grobans cds and am happy with all.
Published 1 month ago by Shirleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
This was for my moms Christmas present and she listened to it almost right away. half the songs aren't English but she loved it anyways
Published 1 month ago by Brita
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Anyone who loves Josh is going to love this album.
Some of his best songs are waiting for your listening enjoyment..
Published 1 month ago by Shirl
5.0 out of 5 stars My fav singer - Josh Groban
I have this CD and I love it! Josh has the most heavenly voice...truly beautiful! I could listen to his voice all day!
Published 1 month ago by Susan M. Wyatt
1.0 out of 5 stars wasn't good.
It doesn't sound good sound , I have a excellent system to play it on and it sound garbled. okay
Published 1 month ago by McCauley
5.0 out of 5 stars JOSH GROBEN CLOSER
LIKE THIS KIND OF MUSIC. HE SINGS SO BEAUTIFUL JUST LISTENING TO HIM TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY. GREAT MUSIC CD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane Gammon
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I would recommend it to everyone who is willing to buy. awesome album. gooo josh groban lol. yay. don't know what to write. lol
Published 2 months ago by Erica Loza
2.0 out of 5 stars Not english
I would prefer the songs to be in English. He has an amazing voice but half the songs are a different language. Very disappointed in that.
Published 2 months ago by allan
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Wow, Remember when it rained is my favorite, too! Also, Never Let Go, You Are Loved(Don't Give Up), So She Dances, and The Prayer.
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