Review of Josh Groban: Live at the Greek
The CD/DVD combo documents the young singer's final stop of his 2004 tour at the historic Los Angeles venue, and demonstrates why he's earned the ear-splitting screams of adoring fans. Groban is a charismatic performer who wraps a powerful baritone voice in boyish charm, and shows keen instincts in selecting material that's ideally suited to his talents. This performance focuses mainly on selections from Groban's multi-platinum CLOSER album, including powerful accounts of "Oceano," "Remember When It Rained," and "Never Let Go," among others. But LIVE AT THE GREEK also showcases his range and versatility as in his versions of Paul Simon's "America" and Don McLean's "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)," as well as a surprising cover of Linkin Park's "My December." (The latter two songs are available on the DVD portion only.) Groban contributes an exuberant drum solo (yes, drum solo) to "Canto Alla Vita," and the fine violin work of Lucia Micarelli is featured on "Mi Mancherai (Il Postino)." Fans will enjoy the DVD extras including a bonus performance of "Believe" (from the film THE POLAR EXPRESS) and a guest appearance by superstar banjoist Bela Fleck on "Alla Luce Del Sole."