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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 predecessors 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 the singer's 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. A special edition of Closer includes two new tracks, the EPK and exclusive footage of "the making of" the album.

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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 predecessors 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 the singer's 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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Oceano
  2. My Confession
  3. Mi Mancherai - Joshua Bell
  4. Si Volvieras A Mi
  5. When You Say You Love Me Per Te
  6. All’Improvviso Amore
  7. Broken Vow
  8. Caruso
  9. Remember When It Rained
  10. Hymne A L’Amour
  11. You Raise Me Up
  12. Never Let Go - Deep Forest
  13. Mi Morena
  14. She's Out Of My Life


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000E32X7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you've gotten down to the reviews of this CD, you are either considering buying it or confirming that others like it as much as you do. If you're considering buying it, the best way to decide is to go [...] and play all of the songs in their entirety, and then come back here and buy it.
What I've found, after MANY spins through the entire CD, is a much more exciting, vibrant collection than his previous studio and live releases. "Closer" is the union of Josh Groban's great voice, first-rate material perfectly suited to his strengths, and the heart of a singer who sounds like he'd rather wade into the audience than front an orchestra. And he's not just a singer; he co-wrote some excellent songs in this collection, plays piano, and could have (but doesn't) play drums as well. In other words, there's a lot more music in Josh Groban than just his voice, and in interviews, he's expressed his wish to bring out more of his talents in future releases.
Back to the music: it's excellent. While the voice alone could carry these songs and hold your interest, the variety of moods, arrangements, even genres, makes this collection a huge step forward from his strong debut CD. This is an adult contemporary CD for rock fans, a pop CD for classical music lovers, and a great CD for multi-genre fans who like strong voices and smart music.
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With the additional tracks Mi Morena and She's Out of My Life, Josh shows even more versatility to his second studio album, Closer.

Never ceasing to be amazing, Josh fills every note with a musicality and passion that many young pop stars seem to be incapable of commandeering.

Josh's musicality clearly shines through as he shows his ability to not only sing like an angel but also compose lyrics, orchestrate arrangements, and accompany himself on the piano.

A must for fans of his first album and his unique style.
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This CD is a work of art! Every track is wonderful, beautiful and so fantastic. If you think his first CD was great then this one is beyond GREAT: Exceptional.
I truly recommend this CD.
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By A Customer on March 26, 2004
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This guy's voice is weirdly addictive. I really love the foreign language songs sung in a classical style and when he uses his deep theater voice.(His voice sounds a bit higher and does have a different quality to it than on his first CD. Oh, please don't become a tenor!) However, this is NOT a classical CD. I don't enjoy full blown classical. There is definitely a different mood to this CD than his first but it is just as intoxicating. I actually bought the Internet Version from his website in order to get 4 bonus tracks. (Like I said, I'm addicted) Of the 4 tracks I like Mi Morena, which is on the Limited Edition, the best but I don't skip any of them. The DVD shows Josh Groban to be a sweet young man who seems serious about his craft but kind of goofy yet shy as a person. (He's thinking a lot more than he's saying) In a way, it makes the power of his singing voice seem even more striking.(Looks older singing at the end and then these boyish pictures flash on. Looks like 2 different people!) I would have liked to see more of the musical work. Since I know nothing about how music is made in a studio this would have been very interesting to me.
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I've been following Josh since a time that seems very long ago... no one knew who he was when I mentioned his name, there were zero websites devoted to him, and no music stores had information on this amazing young man when I tried to track him down. I waited nearly two years for his debut album to hit stores. But I knew, since the first moment I saw him sing with Sarah Brightman (La Luna in Concert) he had something special. In short, it was worth the wait. Now with this amazing second album in stores, he has millions of fans and deserves it!
"Closer" explores more types of music than the debut album; a few seem *almost* pop-ish, we get to hear Josh sing in French, and we do, in fact, get a little "closer" to who Josh is and the direction he is taking with his music. (It's quite a thrill to hear Josh on piano and some songs take on a more personal meaning since Josh helped write lyrics and/or music for three tracks.) Fans of the first album will not be disappointed-- we still get the soaring vocals we've come to love and the classic sound you can't find on the radio.
Never heard of Josh? Order it! Love Josh? Order it! Either way, this album is full of the most amazing music you will ever hear. *Tara
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Josh Groban's sophomore effort, Closer, is definitely a true testament to his natural musical talents. The album makes you FEEL the music. Closer is an amazing emotional journey with endless words to describe the feelings it brings out of you - passion, romance, love, sorrow, pain, excitement, mystery, dark, power, etc, etc...very few artists can leave chills down your spine. Every song on this album is strong on its own merits, except Broken Vow - the previous live version is definitely better. Remember When It Rained is the album's standout, showcasing Josh's vocal range and styles and the inserted piano solo (by Josh) is a perfect surprise. Overall Josh has started to find his own style and direction on Closer. Its not just about "That" great voice but more of a close to perfect and exquisite blend of voice, song and emotion. If you have ears, you should have this album.

PS: The two additional tracks on this limited edition version is worth the purchase on their own. AND if you were lucky to snag the "Internet Lmited Edition" (which is out-of-print), the two EXTRA songs on there are great. I have all three versions myself.
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