Josh Groban – All That Echoes
Text: Sherman Yang
Josh Groban charms and serenades with yet another beautiful album that debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Working with Rob Cavallo, Warner Bros. Records chairman and Green Day’s producer, it is no wonder the album contains material with more rock elements.
‘Brave’, the first single off the album, is a brave change in musical direction by Groban. Adopting a more rock-ish feel, the track sounds very different from Groban’s previous material. It is a change that one will either really love or hate. Fans who adore his crooning will be disappointed with this track as his charm is somewhat muted by the accompaniments. It is however exciting to hear Groban experiment further outside his usual pop-classical styles.
However, Groban is completely at home in ‘Falling Slowly’ from the film Once which has also been adapted into a Broadway musical. Showing off his beautiful vocals and control, the song is sure to melt hearts.
Italian tracks ‘E Ti Prometterò’ (And I Promise You) and ‘Sincera’ (Sincere) stun as well, with the former being a duet with multi-award winning Laura Pausini. The two voices harmonise well producing an amazing chorus that makes you want to hit the loop button.
The album closes beautifully with a cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)’. Groban does a brilliant rendition of the song which we are sure Stevie would be proud of. His strong vocals shine immediately once Groban hits the chorus. Together with the choral backing, the track reminds us of the classical prowess that is Josh Groban especially once he hits the last note.
While Groban takes risks in including some rock elements in several tracks, it is the tracks which showcase his stunning operatically-trained vocals that make the album shine. It is hard to not fall in love with the album with Groban's voice serenading you from start to end.
Recommended tracks: Falling Slowly, I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever), E Ti Prometterò
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