Josh Groban - Josh Groban - Japan (2002)Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
    Quality: lossless
    Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit
    Source: CD
    Artist: Josh Groban
    Title: Josh Groban
    Label, Catalog: WEA Japan, WPCR-11271
    Genre: Vocal, Pop
    Release Date: (2001) / (2002) Japan Edition
    Scans: included
    Size .zip: ~ 529 mb



    Josh Groban - Josh Groban - Japan (2002)
    01. Josh Groban - Alla luce del sole [4:18]
    02. Josh Groban - Gira con me questa notte [4:43]
    03. Josh Groban - You're Still You [3:40]
    04. Josh Groban - Cinema Paradiso (Se) [3:26]
    05. Josh Groban - To Where You Are [3:54]
    06. Josh Groban - Alejate [4:51]
    07. Josh Groban - Canto alla vita (Featuring The Corrs) [4:16]
    08. Josh Groban - Let Me Fall (From Cirque du Soleil) [4:13]
    09. Josh Groban - Vincent (Starry Starry Night) [4:39]
    10. Josh Groban - Un amore per sempre [4:27]
    11. Josh Groban - Home to Stay [4:33]
    12. Josh Groban - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Featuring Lili Haydn) [5:01]
    13. Josh Groban - The Prayer (With Charlotte Church) [4:27]
    14. Josh Groban - Mia per sempre [5:12]





    Josh Groban - Josh Groban - Japan (2002)Producer, record executive, and songwriter David Foster has a long history of trying to wed commercial considerations to the lighter elements of pop music, and in young Josh Groban, whom he adopted as a protégé in late 1998 when the singer was 17, he is trying to get in on the classical crossover market effectively occupied by the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, and Charlotte Church (who duets with Groban on "The Prayer" here). On his eponymous debut, Groban has a rich voice that falls somewhere between a low tenor and a high baritone, and Foster has crafted or commissioned music that will sound classical to the ears of non-classical fans, much of it with lyrics in Italian to complete the effect. "Gira con Me Questa Notte," for example, is a slow ballad that sounds like it may have escaped from a minor opera, but in fact was composed by Foster and songwriter/producer Walter Afanasieff (best-known for his work with Mariah Carey). Groban is also given some ballads in English, with songwriting credits that include such Southern California pop-meisters as Richard Marx, Albert Hammond, Carole Bayer Sager, and Foster's wife, Linda Thompson. The result is an ersatz classical crossover record that won't fool the experts but could easily find its way into households that welcome Celine Dion and other sub-operatic emoters of her ilk. Groban is certainly not to be blamed for taking his chances with Foster instead of staying in college or pursuing a classical career, and his first album is enjoyable even if it doesn't live up to its pretensions. [This Japanese version of the album includes a bonus track.]

    AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann


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