Awake [Bonus Track]

Awake [Bonus Track]

by Josh GrobanJosh Groban

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Longtime fans of Josh Groban should be pleased to know that the vocalist's third studio album, Awake, features more of the polished, well-crafted, and emotionally grand classical crossover pop he has become known for. In fact, the album is perhaps his most appealing and deviates little from his previous outings. Here listeners get a mix of original songs -- some co-written by Groban -- that trade between more classical/opera-oriented songs sung in Italian and more pop-oriented songs in English. Interestingly, the tracks co-penned by Groban are some of the most compelling, and showcase his knack for a kind of '60s Scott Walker baroque pop meets '80s Diane Warren adult contemporary vibe. This brings up the only problem with Awake, which is that as Groban's music has moved closer and closer to pop, the necessity of utilizing Italian becomes increasingly nebulous. Truthfully, barring any awkward translations, most of these songs would sound fine sung in English and generally come off as very good Italian pop songs. So, despite being quite listenable, from a mainstream pop point of view the use of Italian is great for lending the album a sheen of pan-European classical regality, but in some ways limits the emotional impact of the songs to only those who understand Italian. None of this really matters, though, to fans of Groban, who justifiably respond to his superb technique, silky tone, and bedroom eyes. It doesn't hurt either that he's brought along some unexpected guests this time around in the African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, appearing here on two tracks, as well as legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, who shows up on the angular and half-funky "Machine." It's also great to hear Groban dig into an adaptation of "Un Giorno Per Noi," Nino Rota's theme to Franco Zeffirelli's classic 1968 film Romeo and Juliet. The song, as Awake itself, is a grand collision of pop culture and co-opted classical themes from then and now, and perfectly embodies everything that has made Groban so successful. [WEA/Warner's 2007 edition included one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2008
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0093624999911
catalogNumber: 249999
Rank: 3870

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Groban   Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Herbie Hancock   Piano,fender rhodes
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Glen Ballard   Keyboards
Alexandra Brown   Choir, Chorus
Angela Brown   Choir, Chorus
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Marius de Vries   Piano,Keyboards
Joey Diggs   Choir, Chorus
Anton Fig   Drums
Roy Galloway   Choir, Chorus
Mortonette Jenkins   Choir, Chorus
Robbie McIntosh   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Frank Ricotti   Percussion,Vibes
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Wil Wheaton   Choir, Chorus
Sean Hurley   Bass
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes
Trevor Barry   Bass
Joel Shearer   Guitar
Eric Mouquet   Keyboards
Adam Jackson   Choir, Chorus
William Ross   Conductor
Vusi Mahlasela   Background Vocals
Bakithi Kumalo   Bass,Vocals
Imogen Heap   Piano,Mbira
Anna Ross   Background Vocals
James Freebarin-Smith   Cello,Soloist
Nita Whitaker   Choir, Chorus
Fiona Hibbert   Harp
Blair Sinta   Percussion
Susie Suh   Background Vocals
Kaitlyn Barton   Tambourine
J'Anna Jacoby   Violin
Jochem van der Saag   Synthesizer
Tower Of Power Horns   Brass
Ian Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

Nino Rota   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Tom Scott   Contributor
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Glen Ballard   Producer
John Brough   Engineer
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Marius de Vries   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Nathan East   Contributor
Humberto Gatica   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Mark Hammond   Composer
Nick Lane   Contributor
Marco Marinangeli   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Alejandro Rodriguez   Engineer
Paul Schwartz   drum programming
Guy Sigsworth   Vocal Producer
Lee Thornburg   Contributor
Greg Vail   Contributor
Simon Hale   String Arrangements
Eric Mouquet   Arranger,Composer,Producer
William Ross   Arranger,Orchestration,String Conductor
John Ondrasik   Composer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Dave Bassett   Composer
David Channing   Engineer
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Imogen Heap   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Alexis Smith   Programming,Effects Programming
Andy Selby   Composer
Andrea Sandrei   Composer
Asher Lenz   Composer
Josh Groban   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jeff Cohen   Composer
Ellen Wakayama   Art Direction
David Romano   Vocal Coach
Jason Boshoff   Programming
Adam Crossley   Composer
Thomas Salter   Composer
Tawgs Salter   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Brendan Graham   Composer
Matt Taylor   Art Direction
Larry Kusik   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Sound Design
Claudia Brant   Composer

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