Josh Groban Reinvents Self as Singer-Songwriter on Illuminations
November 17, 2010
By Graham Rockingham
The shy guy with the magical voice cuts ties with David Foster, moves from California to New York, joins forces with rock producer Rick Rubin and becomes a singer-songwriter. Judging by the strongest of his new songs — Bells of New York City — Josh likes the new surroundings.
This CD would have been better if it had stuck to the original plan, presenting Groban as a folky balladeer. It works on tracks like Higher Window.
Outstanding track: If I Walk Away