Josh Groban - Illuminations - South African Tour Edition - 2011 Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
    Bitrate: lossless
    Performer: Josh Groban
    Album: Illuminations [South African Tour Edition]
    Label: 143 Records, Reprise Records
    Made in: South Africa
    Catalog: WBCD 2291
    Genre: Pop, Vocal
    Release Date: 2011
    Covers: in archive
    Size .zip: ~ 920 mb




    Josh Groban - Illuminations - South African Tour Edition - 2011
    01. The Wandering Kind (Prelude) [02:38]
    02. Bells Of New York City [03:49]
    03. Galileo (Someone Like You) [03:22]
    04. L'ora dell'addio [03:27]
    05. Hidden Away [03:56]
    06. Au jardin des sans-pourquoi [03:32]
    07. Higher Window [04:37]
    08. If I Walk Away [03:52]
    09. Love Only Knows [04:43]
    10. Voce Existe Em Mim [05:06]
    11. War at Home [04:44]
    12. London Hymn [01:56]
    13. Straight to You [04:10]
    14. They Won't Go When I Go [04:47]
    15. Le cose che sei per me [03:33]
    16. Feels Like Home [05:08]




    Stars hire Rick Rubin for one thing: to achieve a purity of essence. When it comes to singers like Johnny Cash or songwriters like Neil Diamond -- even rock bands like Weezer -- Rubins approach feels natural, as he strips away the varnish thats clouded over the years, but Josh Groban is an odd choice for the Rubin maneuver. Not a singer/songwriter in the classic sense but rather a classical singer who dabbles in pop, Groban doesnt need to be stripped to his essence because bombast is a crucial part of the equation. Smart guy that he is, Rubin doesnt eliminate surging melodrama from Grobans bag of tricks but he does limit and mute the palette, making sure the strings dont soar so high and that the singer doesnt bellow. These subtle adjustments, which include hiring Semisonics Dan Wilson as a co-writing partner for Groban, wind up having a drastic effect on the flavor of Illuminations, turning it into something warm, burnished, and intimate, a spell only briefly broken by the cacophonic clatter of the Portuguese Você Existe em Mim. Its presence is a testament to Grobans curiosity but Illuminations is best when he plays close to the vest, which means this is another instance where Rubin succeeds by illuminating his subjects essence.

    AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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