Josh Groban - Awake


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Longtime fans of Josh Groban should be pleased to know that the vocalist's third studio album, Awake, features more of the polished, well-crafted, and emotionally grand classical crossover pop he has become known for. In fact, the album is perhaps his most appealing and deviates little from his previous outings. Here listeners get a mix of original songs -- some co-written by Groban -- that trade between more classical/opera-oriented songs sung in Italian and more pop-oriented songs in English. Interestingly, the tracks co-penned by Groban are some of the most compelling, and showcase his knack for a kind of '60s Scott Walker baroque pop meets '80s Diane Warren adult contemporary vibe. This brings up the only problem with Awake, which is that as Groban's music has moved closer and closer to pop, the necessity of utilizing Italian becomes increasingly nebulous. Truthfully, barring any awkward translations, most of these songs would sound fine sung in English and generally come off as very good Italian pop songs. So, despite being quite listenable, from a mainstream pop point of view the use of Italian is great for lending the album a sheen of pan-European classical regality, but in some ways limits the emotional impact of the songs to only those who understand Italian. None of this really matters, though, to fans of Groban, who justifiably respond to his superb technique, silky tone, and bedroom eyes. It doesn't hurt either that he's brought along some unexpected guests this time around in the African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, appearing here on two tracks, as well as legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, who shows up on the angular and half-funky "Machine." It's also great to hear Groban dig into an adaptation of "Un Giorno Per Noi," Nino Rota's theme to Franco Zeffirelli's classic 1968 film Romeo and Juliet. The song, as Awake itself, is a grand collision of pop culture and co-opted classical themes from then and now, and perfectly embodies everything that has made Groban so successful. ~ Matt Collar, All Music Guide


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Mai, You Are Loved (Don't Give Up), Dia Llegara, February Song, 'Ultima Notte, So She Dances, In Her Eyes, Solo Por Ti, Now Or Never, Giorno Per Noi (Romeo E Giulietta) (From Romeo And Juliet), Lullaby - Featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Weeping - Featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Vusi Mahlasela, Machine - Featuring Herbie Hancock
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30472885, 5580128

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Josh Groban - Awake is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awake by Josh Groban I'm a huge Josh Groban fan, and I love his album entitled Awake, and I persronally think that this is his best one that I've purchased and fully listened to. I have this cd on my mp3 player and I absolutley love it. I would highly recommend this cd to anyone who is a huge Josh Groban fan.
Date published: 2008-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this is his best cd yet. the music is amazing. there is nothing or no other singer like him.
Date published: 2007-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from we got this not only for me and my husband.. but our baby to come goes nuts over listening to it when we play it.... we recommend it highly... love josh groban and now we know our baby does too.... very soothing and relaxing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awake I like the sound of Groban's voice and his singing style. Therefore, I would buy his records as long as it doesn't contain same songs that are contained in his other albums that I already have.
Date published: 2016-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice very nice to recieve so quickly
Date published: 2016-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Josh Groban Never Fails to Amaze Seriously, words can't describe how good Josh Groban's albums are! You have to experience them yourself. And you will wonder why you haven't listened to his music earlier! HE IS THE BEST! When I first heard his voice, my jaw droped to the ground, I immediately listen to more of his songs on youtube, and I knew then... I was hooked! Ever since the day when 17-year-old Josh Groban sang in public for the first time, he's continued to amaze with his gifted voice. Since then he's sold over 27 MILLION albums, all of his albums went Multi-Platinum. If you're still debating whether-or-not to buy his albums, go listen to samples of his songs on amazon/itunes, and you'll be hooked, just like I was. (Songs I highly recommend trying out first are February Song, When You Say You Love Me, Si Volvieras a Mi, My Confession, Bells of New York City, Happy In My Heartache, You Are Loved (Don't Give Up), Love Only Knows, Awake, Below The Line.) He also made an awesome Christmas album, by the way. :)
Date published: 2014-11-08
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