- Audio CD (25 Feb. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: WARNER BROS
- ASIN: B00A9T1HUO
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
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All That Echoes
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Sixth studio album from the American singer/songwriter, produced by Rob Cavallo. Featuring the single 'Brave' and other brand new songs, the album also includes covers of Stevie Wonder's 'I Believe' and Glen Hansard's 'Falling Slowly'. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #9.
It's tempting to dismiss Josh Groban as yet another classical crossover villain: a kind of one-man Il Divo. After all, it was his version of You Raise Me Up that Westlife copied and turned into an X Factor favourite.
Trouble is, the LA-born singer comes across very well in interviews, displaying a playful sense of humour that's not present in his music.
That said, asking rock producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore) to oversee his sixth album initially sounds like a joke. At the age of 31, is Groban about to swap classical pop for punk and emo tunes?
Thankfully not. He's sold 25 million records since his 2001 debut and All That Echoes is business as usual.
It begins with a You Raise Me Up-style anthem called Brave, before mixing up savvy cover versions with classy originals, some sung in romantic-sounding foreign languages. As ever, Groban really gets his money's worth from his string section.
However, the album does contain one or two surprises. Below the Line is basically Groban's take on Paul Simon's Graceland sound, which sounds horrific but just about works.
The other highlight is Hollow Talk, a moody ballad with ambiguous lyrics. It's a welcome test for Groban, whose songs tend to be straightforward and sprinkled with clichés. Images of "wicked winds… blowing through the halls" and "the burning red sun" are typical.
There are no clunkers here, but Cavallo's production can be crass. When Groban covers She Moved Through the Fair, a traditional Irish folk song, overbearing bagpipes are used to create a vaguely Celtic vibe. Un Alma Más is sung in Spanish so naturally there's loads of flamenco guitar.
Mostly though, All That Echoes is as hard to take issue against as Groban himself. This singer knows what suits his voice, an undeniably rich and powerful instrument, and uses it without showing off.
Be warned though: his cover of Stevie Wonder's I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) is shamelessly cheesy and dangerously effective. Let's hope Louis Walsh never hears it.
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Absolutely fantastic! Such an amazing voice that I could listen to all day. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Marion
Bought this for mum she loves josh as i do magical voice , she is over the moon .Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent value, Excellent quality and excellent service. Highly recommended.Published 14 months ago by bisto