Music to put you in a romantic trance, June 1, 2004
When you say you love me
The world goes still so still inside and
When you say you love me
For a moment there's no one else alive
~When You Say You Love Me
The minute I found this CD I was in love with the religiously
romantic experience of listening to Josh Groban's
heart-awakening voice. His voice awakens my entire being and it
was as if my soul said: "Yes, this is the music you have
been looking for."
The first song threw me into a world of absolute musical
ecstasy. I could not believe what I was hearing, nor could I
believe how profoundly this music would affect me. One minute I
was swirling in some dreamy exotic world where I felt complete
love and happiness. Then, next I was crying because this music
has an energy that permeates every part of your being. It takes
you to new emotional depths and creates waves of emotions unlike
anything I've ever heard.
Not only are some of the lyrics an expression of beautiful
vulnerability when in love (In Confession), some of the lyrics
will even make you cry when you don't even know their meaning. I
was amazed that I was crying when I could not understand the
lyrics in Mi Mancherai (il postino). The violin is literally
weeping in music. I think this music is more profound if you
have always wished for your true love/soul mate to sing directly
to you. It feels like every song was written for the listener
and you can't help but get caught up in the full-range of
emotions. Josh Groban captures all the emotions of the words and
once I looked up a translation I understood why the song was so
beautiful. Unfortunately the song translations are not included.
I'll miss you, if you go away
I'll miss your serenity
Your words like songs in the wind
And Love, that you take away.
"When You Say You Love Me" is one of the most
exquisite songs I've ever heard. I mean, this song could make
you literally breathless. Remember When It Rained has an almost
ecstatic soul-shivering ending. The music is as powerful as a
storm and the ending is as cleansing and healing as the
freshness of the air after a thunderstorm. The passionate lyrics
are a bit like lightning that really capture your attention.
Josh really pours an entire range of emotions into every
selection, especially in Never Let Go. The power of the music
and his voice is almost too much for my headphones.
CLOSER is filled with classic bittersweet moments, melting
and exquisite declarations of eternal love, heart-stopping
lyrics and imaginative metaphors. All the elements intertwine to
make this one of the most beautiful CDs I've ever heard. I am
stunned into silence by Josh's voice and definitely want to go
to a concert!
The first time I listened to the entire CD I stayed up all
night in a state of heady intoxication. I literally listened to
this CD over and over again for 6 hours. Josh Groban made me
into a fan in under two seconds. If you are a true romantic, his
music will almost put you into a romantic trance.
~The Rebecca Review
JOSH GROBAN IN CONCERT
= Breathless Beauty - 100 Stars
"There is such a place in this world for your
voice." ~ David Foster
Josh's voice is the purest of spiritual ecstasy. His voice is
almost timeless in beauty and inspires hope, courage and
compassion. "To Where You Are" was my introduction to
Josh's voice and yet I didn't fully realize the complexity or
the beauty of his voice until I found his "Closer" CD.
His very existence seems to raise your consciousness and the
graciousness he displays on stage only made me respect him more.
Josh seems as comfortable on stage as God must feel in heaven.
His voice raises your spiritual awareness, drenches you in a
tearful romantic high and at times can stun you into silence. At
such a young age, he truly owns the stage. He even plays the
piano in an impromptu moment amidst a conversation with David
I was impressed with how Josh allows the creative process to
evolve around him and how he shares the stage with talent from
near and far. Angie Stone and Andrea Corr sing duets with Josh
in this concert.
The moment with Lili Haydn is stunning as she seems to appear
as an angel and Josh looks on in wonder to where she plays her
violin with a backdrop of special lighting/shadow visual effects
that takes Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring to entirely new levels.
Josh climbs stairs in "Let Me Fall" and then actually
"falls." It is all planned and they show the details
in the Making of the Special section. Rose petals swirl in the
breeze in the background on huge screens as Josh sings Alejate.
I never felt so much love in my soul
And no one but you loved me
I laughed and cried, I was reborn…
1 Bonus CD – Songs from the concert with the
additional selection of O Holy Night.
Song Selection – Quickly
locate any of the 15 songs from the concert.
Special Features – Making of
the Special, Chris Groban's Backstage Footage and Weblinks.
Setup Options - The lack of song
translations in the subtitles was slightly disappointing. I
would have loved to read the words in English, as it would have
added an additional layer of depth to the romantic Italian and
Spanish ballads. Fortunately song translations for Un Amore Per
Sempre and Alejate are readily available online.
Josh Groban in Concert is a highly collectable and romantic
concert that not only displays Josh's breathlessly beautiful
voice, it also displays the depth of his commitment to music and
his spontaneous comedic side.
~The Rebecca Review