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In a short period of time, Josh Groban went from being a talented vocalist ready to enter college to the new prince of romantic music with a best-selling debut album and highly rated PBS special. The successful combination of his classical crossover croon, boyish good looks, and association with überproducer David Foster helped Groban become a sensation. His sophomore studio disc, Closer, stays comfortably within the boundaries built by his debut collection as Foster once again helms a modest set of pseudo-classical pop songs dreamily sung in various languages. Listening to Groban, it is easy to understand why this MOR style suits him so well as his maturing voice is not grand enough to fully embrace operatic material yet remains too rich and technical for typical mainstream pop music. On Closer he works within his limitations and the result is a more consistent listen than the scattershot debut with his voice sounding comfortable performing these emotional European-inspired pop songs. The best tunes bookend the disc as the atmospheric opener, "Oceano," sets an ominous tone while the mysterious "Never Let Go" is a welcome collaboration with Deep Forest that allows Groban to successfully move away from the saccharine ballads and grow as a vocalist. However, there is still plenty of romance included for the PBS crowd as "When You Say You Love Me" painfully cries out like a rejected Celine Dion cut and the Celtic-infused bombast of Secret Garden's "You Raise Me Up" plays like the sequel to his debut's most famous song, "To Where You Are." In addition to his improved vocals, Groban contributes three co-writing efforts that include "Never Let Go," and shows that there is a future for him to evenly match his skills as a vocalist and a songwriter. Although the disc still focuses on bland rose petal confessions, its highlights point in the right direction and bring Groban Closer to creating an album that eliminates the sick sweetness while remaining a tasty, satisfying treat. ~ Aaron Latham, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.800
Sharon M
by Sharon M on Sep 15, 2011

Different, unique musical choices. One of his first collection of songs. The cd was in excellent condition.The mailing time was reasonable.. More

Roseola

Relaxation music

by Roseola on Oct 24, 2009

Groban's music helps me unwind after a busy day. I have really enjoyed this CD. More

pjbrundage

Voice from Heaven

by pjbrundage on Sep 27, 2009

When Josh Groban sings his voice fills me with more feeling than any other music I have ever heard. You Raise Me Up is one of the most wonderful meaningful and touching songs of all time. More

Leezit

Cashmere

by Leezit on Nov 13, 2008

Like the finest cashmere............your ears will be in heaven. More

AnimeHuntress

A CD that pulls you "closer"...

by AnimeHuntress on Mar 23, 2008

At the time I bought this CD, I only knew of two songs that this man sang. However, after buying it, I am now a very big fan of his music. Josh Groban has a very romantic style that caresses you throughout the entire CD. Most of the songs are sung in Italian but none of that will matter as follow along ... More

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