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Awake [Bonus Track] [Josh Groban]
2. You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)
3. Dia Llegara, Un
4. February Song
5. Ultima Notte, L'
6. So She Dances
7. In Her Eyes
8. Solo por Ti
9. Now or Never
10. Giorno Per Noi, Un (Romeo E Giulietta)
14. You Raise Me Up
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9362499991
Tawgs Salter; Eric Mouquet; Glen Ballard; Humberto Gatica; Imogen Heap; Josh Groban; Marius DeVries
Tawgs Salter; David Channing; David Reitzas; Jochem van der Saag; Gary Thomas; Humberto Gatica; Imogen Heap; John Brough; Marius DeVries; Scott Campbell; Alejandro Rodriguez
Personnel: Josh Groban (piano, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Bakithi Kumalo (vocals); Dean Parks, Joel Shearer, Michael Thompson , Ramn Stagnaro, Tim Pierce, Robbie McIntosh (guitar); Fiona Hibbert (harp); J'Anna Jacoby (violin); James Freebarin-Smith (cello); Eric Rigler (Uilleann pipe); Tower of Power Horn Section (brass); Herbie Hancock (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Marius de Vries (piano, keyboards, programming); Imogen Heap (piano, programming); Eric Mouquet, Glen Ballard (keyboards); Jochem van der Saag (synthesizer, programming); Frank Ricotti (vibraphone, percussion); Matt Chamberlain, Anton Fig, Ian Thomas, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Kaitlyn Barton (tambourine); Blair Sinta (percussion); Jason Boshoff, Alexis Smith (programming); Paul Schwartz (drum programming); Anna Ross, Vusi Mahlasela, Susie Suh (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Humberto Gatica; Imogen Heap; Andy Bradfield.
Editor: William Malina.
Photographer: Christian Lantry.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Greg Vail; Lee Thornburg; Nathan East; Nick Lane; Tom Scott.
Arrangers: Tawgs Salter; Eric Mouquet; Jeremy Lubbock; Josh Groban; William Ross .
Expectations for vocalist Josh Groban's third release ran high, especially given the phenomenal success of his sophomore effort, CLOSER, which reached number one on the Billboard charts. Like Andrea Bocelli, Groban treads the line between classical, operatic singing, and crossover pop. AWAKE manages the synthesis beautifully. With its strong batch of songs, and Groban's voice continuing to develop, the album may even best its predecessor.
Opener "Mai," sung in Italian, sets the tone for the album. Highly romantic, stirring, and couched in tasteful orchestral arrangements, the song is the perfect canvas for Groban's heart-melting delivery. "February Song," which finds the artist accompanied only by piano, is more reserved and plaintive. Other album highlights include "Machine," with a funky, jazzy backdrop provided by Herbie Hancock, and "Lullaby" and "Weeping," which feature the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mombazo.
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