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Illuminations [Import]

Josh Groban Audio CD
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Josh Groban continues a career which has already encompassed 25 million album sales and two Billboard #1 hits with the released of his sixth album ‘All That Echoes’ on Reprise Records. Produced by Warner Bros. Records Chairman Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), ‘All That Echoes’ features further production credits from Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Michael ... Read more in Amazon's Josh Groban Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B004A372GS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 717,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Josh Groban's fifth studio album. On Illuminations, Groban worked with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his critically acclaimed work with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers & Johnny Cash among many others.

Illuminations finds both Groban and Rubin stepping out of their comfort zones. The bracing result fulfils Rubin's vision of a "fine art" Groban record, marrying the warmth of the sweeping American roots of Groban's writing and the grandeur of classical settings by matching the live, one-take performances by Groban and the intimate, core acoustic band with colourful orchestral arrangements by David Campbell and James Newton Howard.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groban Shines Brighter Than Ever 21 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
For all Groban fans, this latest CD is an absolute must. Co-writing the majority of the songs on the CD, Josh Groban's rich baritone voice is more amazing than ever. I confess to having been a fan of Josh's since first spying him on Ally McBeal and truly with each CD (this is his fifth) he is growing in stature as an artist. From the wintery sounding 'Bells of New York' to the beautifully haunting Gallileo, this is a fantastic album and one which, I'm sure, if you've not listened to Groban before, you would still enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A change of direction. 13 Dec 2010
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This album is most definitely more of a flying leap than a small step away from Groban's usual musical safety net of epic love songs, sung beautifully in a variety of languages. Most of the expected soaring orchestral arrangements coupled with big endings are absent from this album, to be replaced with folksy, pared-down arrangements, courtesy apparently of producer Rick Rubin's influence.

I wondered what the heck Groban was playing at after the first listen - why change from his tried and tested method of pop/classical crossover to something like this? But the more I considered the change, I began to wonder if perhaps he felt that if he didn't bolt for the door of musical change NOW, he would NEVER break free of the constraints of his hugely popular cover of "You raise me up" and all the songs which fit comfortably within that musical remit, ie. most of the songs on his previous four studio-released albums with some notable exceptions (Weeping being one such exception which springs to mind).

I was uncertain whether I liked this massive change of direction when I first listened to the album, I will admit. It seemed lacking somehow in the soaring power of previous efforts; many of the emotionally wrenching love songs such as Broken Vow, the songs which converted me from cynic to fan, were gone. I was unconvinced by the folk aspect of many of the songs. However, as I listen to it more, I realised I was really starting to enjoy it. There was a more personal, down to earth feel to many of the songs which did not appear on his previous albums much; in particular Higher Window, Bells of New York City and If I Walk Away. They speak not only of love but of heartbreak and occasionally anger.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
143 Records/Reprise Records presents "ILLUMINATIONS", Josh Groban's latest release has a variety of songs, thought provoking, which makes you think --- Had mixed feelings when I first heard this 13 track album --- Groban is missing the passion, emotion and sincerity he showed in his older work --- Am not too fond of the falsetto he uses on many of the new songs --- Feel that he and Rick Rubin are heading in the wrong direction.

ILLUMINATIONS (Track Listings & Times)
1 The Wandering Kind (Prelude) [2:38]
2 Bells of New York City [3:49]
3 Galileo (Someone Like You) [3:22]
4 L' Ora Dell'Addio [3:27]
5 Hidden Away [3:56]
6 Au Jardin Des Sans-Pourquoi [3:32]
7 Higher Window [4:37]
8 If I Walk Away [3:52]
9 Love Only Knows [4:43]
10 Voce Existe Em Mim [5:06]
11 War At Home [4:44]
12 London Hymn [1:56]
13 Straight To You [4:10]

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 3 Stars
Mixing: 3 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars [Arrangements & Song Selection]

Groban is a maturing musician and artist --- Must make mention he co-wrote and composed most of the album --- Overall, just okay. hopefully he will return to my favorite producer and arranger David Foster as that was some of his best work.

Total Time: 50 min on 13 Tracks ~ 143 Records/Reprise Records ~ (11/15/2010)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait for so long? 6 July 2011
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I will tell you why, it is because I wasn't impressed with Awake, and the first few reviews on here (as you can read) weren't very positive. So I thought I would wait, and I did and I forgot all about it

Then they started playing Higher Window on the radio and I loved it. What a beautiful song, it captures you immediately. So I gave in and bought the album and prepared myself for a sense of disappointment

I am a BAD Grobanite! Bad bad bad!

This album is without doubt his finest piece of work, there is not one song, one tune one tiny part I do not enjoy and I hate the fact that I didn't trust my Josh instincts.

War at Home has actually made me cry a little bit, especially at full volume
If I Walk Away has this wonderful rising crescendo effect
Straight to You and Bells of New York have some of the most beautiful lyrics
Love Only Knows is pure Groban, and gives you goosebumps

This album is perfect, and I really don't see it as a "break from his normal stuff" I see it as an incredible album which constantly gets played

I'm sorry I doubted you Josh I won't do it again
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, love it, LOVE IT!! 25 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Let me put this in context - I'm a die-hard Groban fan, who is proud to own (and love) all of his previous stuff, so the first time I listened to Illuminations I was expecting it to be pretty darn good, and I wasn't disappointed.

Josh is definately taking a bit of a different direction on this one (including the opening instrumental prelude) that I can understand may throw some people who know his earlier songs, but I could easily name several of the tracks from this album (including the fantastic Voce Existe Em Mim (my personal favourite), the beautiful Galileo and the lyrically stunning War At Home) that are as good as anything he's ever done.

Illuminations also allows Groban to show his versatility away from the microphone. He has a writers credit on 11 of the 13 tracks, and dusts off his piano to play on several of them.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a perfect record, there are some rough edges, even with Groban's usually impeccable vocals. When you take into account, however, the one-take approach taken to recording, this isn't really that surprising. If anything it's a very brave thing to do - something many artists would have trouble pulling off.

This is one CD that has barely left the player since it arrived, and I reckon it's going to be there for a while to come!!!
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Published 11 days ago by Julian Piggott
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice selection of songs
Published 12 days ago by L. J. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminations - Josh Groban
I think "Illuminations" is one of the best cd's of Josh Groban! I love this artist and I do recomend this album!
Published 5 months ago by Laia Vallverdu
5.0 out of 5 stars I SIMPLY LOVE JOSH GROBAN
Published 6 months ago by Marķa Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminations by Josh Groban
wonderful CD - so glad I bought it; have loaned it to a friend in the hope she enjoys it as much as I do.
Published 9 months ago by morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!!
Josh Groban fan, so another great set of tracks. Good easy listening, great for background music and listening whilst relaxing.
Published 10 months ago by Kevin Dickenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another album
This is the third album I have bought and I really enjoy listening to all of them. Josh Gorban has a great voice and range I will buy more of his tracks.
Published 13 months ago by Paul Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
As previously stated have been converted by my daughter and love his music, a pleasure and joy to listen to
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars mmm Josh
this album by josh Groban isn't my personal favorite. It is plesant enough but does go on too much of the classical side for me.
Published 14 months ago by rainowl
4.0 out of 5 stars Josh Groban illuminations
right from the word go this album is very theatrical, so if your a fan of theatre you will appreciate this album greatly! Read more
Published 14 months ago by iris
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