Let Groban Expand Your Musical Tastes
Spokesman-Review
February 18, 2002
By Stacey Driscoll, Mead High School
Every Monday night, my three best friends and I converge for our weekly "Ally McBeal" fix.

Sometime last season, we watched an episode where Ally ends up as the prom date for a high school senior who has to sing at the dance.

When the kid opened his mouth to sing, I'm sure I looked just like Ally -- completely floored. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I could only say three words: "What a voice."

This season, he reprised his role on "Ally," and I was elated to learn he had an album in the works. His name is Josh Groban, and the album is his self-titled debut.

Upon listening to it, I now must attach a warning to my previous three words. My idea of what exemplifies a good voice probably does not match yours. Josh Groban is a flawless classical tenor. Let me say that again. Classical. This means some tracks are sung in Latin. He would have no idea what to do with a drum machine pop beat. And he sings a duet with Charlotte Church.

To me, this is good music. After six years of classical voice training, I have a certain respect for what this man can do. Perhaps I truly am a music geek, but I get really excited when I hear what an amazing technical singer he is. He has impeccable diction, strong breath support and beautiful dynamics.

But I don't think you have to have extensive musical training to appreciate a mind-blowing voice when you hear one. Let me put it this way. If I got the chance to see him sing, I'd hide behind a brick wall while he sang because I am relatively certain he would just knock me over with the power of his voice.

If you can't find it in you to respect some beautiful, artful music, then do what I occasionally do. Buy a classical CD and strut around feeling all cultured and sophisticated because your musical tastes are so varied and worldly. You just might get tricked into realizing you like this one.

Grade: B