Josh Groban: Josh Groban
iafrica.com
May 8, 2002
By Henrie Geyser
Out of 5: 5 STARS!!

What a superb voice - and what exquisite listening pleasure this extremely talented artist produces track after track on this fine album. I have never awarded five stars to a debut album, but this collection deserves it, and more!

When one looks at the picture on the cover of this CD one sees a baby-faced boy with delicate features below a mop-top of dark curls. He looks younger than his 20 odd years, and it is difficult to equate this boy-man with a voice that has the maturity of a well-matured good red wine.

He has a superbly natural voice, rich in depth and range and with rounded control one generally finds in older, more voice-schooled operatics. And it is precisely the naturalness of his singing that makes it so appealing.

And to add further richness to this collection, maestro David Foster produced and arranged most of the songs. Other producers include Walter Afanasieff, Marco Marinangeli, Humberto Gatica, Jeremy Lubbock and Rhys Fulber – a vast tapestry of musical talent.

And as though this is not enough already, young Josh is joined by Charlotte Church in a superb rendition of "The Prayer"; The Corrs in "Canto Alla Vita" and Lili Haydn in "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

There are 13 lovely songs on this album and I enjoyed every single one. If the likes of "Alla Luce Del Sole", "Cinema Paradiso", "Alejate" and "Un Amore Per Sempre" give you goose bumps, then pop down to your music merchant and have a listen to Master Groban.

It will enrich your life. I know that I will tap many a happy hour from this rich musical vat while I wait eagerly for his next album.