Billboard Singles Review: Awake, Josh Groban
April 12, 2008
ARTIST: JOSH GROBAN
SINGLE: AWAKE (REPRISE)
Josh Groban's last studio album, "Awake," relegated its namesake track to a special edition of the 2006 release. With his performance on upcoming "Awake Live," a CD/DVD combo that also promises a PBS special, the adult-contemporary staple brings the tome about an uncertain relationship to the forefront. As an anthem, it is less immediate than hits "You Raise Me Up" and "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)." The studio version ably delivers Groban's pure passion, but the live edit amps up instrumentation a notch and is actually preferred.