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Josh Groban - Awake Review

by Sherrill Fulghum

This twenty something Los Angeles native did not begin singing until he was in the seventh grade. Since becoming a professional singer young Josh Groban has performed at the Vatican, seen his debut album become double platinum, and has had record setting sell out performances.

Now Josh Groban returns with a new album "Awake" and this time be brings along a few friends, Ladysmith Black Mabazo join Groban for two songs "Lullaby" and "Weeping"; while jazz legend Herbie Hancock joins him on the album's final track "Machine".

Groban himself contributes his songwriting abilities to the album. Groban wrote "February Song" in about half an hour on one sleepless night.

On "Awake" Groban returns with his incredible voice and classical pop music. Groban still sings in his multi-lingual style except this time eight of the 13 songs that appear on the album are in English more than on his previous releases. A few of the songs on "Awake" have more of a rock feel to them than before. But Groban still presents an album filled with beautiful melodies including Henry Mancini's theme from "Romeo and Juliett" which Groban performs in Italian.

Josh Groban presents an album of music that transcends the language barrier, an understanding of the words is not required, only a great appreciation for the music.

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