Josh Groban's 'Illuminations' Yields Glowing Music
USA Today
November 14, 2010
By Jerry Shriver
Give major props to the powerhouse vocalist/pianist for reaching way, way out to recruit producer Rick Rubin (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash) for his fifth studio album.

Josh Groban, Illuminations

* * * (out of four) MUTUAL BENEFITS

Give major props to the powerhouse vocalist/pianist for reaching way, way out to recruit producer Rick Rubin (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash) for his fifth studio album. Rubin excels in eliciting an artist's humanity, whether it be in an Americana context, as with Cash, or in a deeply romantic, adult-contemporary setting, as is the case here.

Rubin pushed Groban to write his own material (11 of the 13 tracks are his or collaborations with Dan Wilson of Dixie Chicks fame), and the results are sturdy, deeply personal statements, brimming with poignancy. The sound falls somewhere between Andrea Bocelli-style classicism and Celine Dion bombast which is what Groban's millions of fans seem to prefer.

> Download: The Bells of New York City, If I Walk Away, Hidden Away, Higher Window, War at Home, L'Ora Dell'Addio


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