You Raise Me Up
Billboard Singles Reviews
October 18, 2003
Producer(s): David Foster
Writer(s): B. Graham, R. Lovland
Publisher(s): Peermusic/Universal, ASCAP
Label/Catalog Number: 143/Reprise 101219 (CD promo)
Source: Billboard Magazine
Originally Reviewed: October 18, 2003

The best-selling new male artist of 2002 follows his enormously successful bow with a David Foster-produced ballad that will thrill those who like their pop music melodramatic and their vocalists able to leap tall mountains in a single note. Josh Groban is truly proving himself to be a hybrid artistócute and poppy enough to be embraced by mainstream-targeted adults, and yet skilled and vocally manicured enough to stamp his elegant signature on a song like a permanent tattoo.

"You Raise Me Up" opens quietly, like Celine Dion's "All by Myself" (the comparisons surely don't end there), as Groban gently wraps those pure, clear pipes around a lyric of strength and devotion. Curiously, a 30-second fiddle solo then cuts in before the second verse and chorus, followed by a no-holds-barred crescendo that will make fans applaud from their driver's seats. A perfect peek into Groban's promising second act.