Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Josh Groban Illuminations - First Listen
I really connected with Hidden Away, which is the first single, moreso when I saw the video for it. That song, along with many on the album are very personal - that vibe is carried throughout. Bells of New York City was another one that I loved immediately. It almost sounds like a Christmas song with the vocal and the melody, and Groban has said that its written based on the way the fall/winter in NYC makes him feel. You can tell through the song how much he loves the city. I've always been a fan on all of his albums of the foreign language songs because they are so pretty. I don't try to translate them as things can get lost in translation, so I prefer to just listen. There are only 3 on this album - L'Ora Dell'Addio, Au Jardin Des Sans-Pourquoi, and Voce Existe Em Mim, the first song he's sung in Portuguese.
I think the song that speaks to me the most is Higher Window. I don't know why, but its just simple and beautiful. It gives me chills when I listen to it and I think if I hear it live, it'll be one that will bring me to tears. I see this one with him on the piano, maybe alone, maybe with some percussion. I also really love If I Walk Away, and the last track on the album, a cover of Nick Cave's Straight to You ends the album and story perfectly. If it has to end, I can't think of a better way. I really would like to find a track or 2 on the album that I like, but will have to grown on me, and I really can't. I think all the tracks are just incredible.
The tracks feature Groban's rich baritone and the album really reminds me why I fell in love with him in the first place. This album tells a story and comes full circle - yet the individual tracks stand on their own. I feel like after 10 years, this is the album that I've been waiting for from him. His first album will always be my favorite because you really can't hold a candle to Alla Luce and Gira, followed quickly by Awake, but this one certainly gives both of those a run for their money as to where it falls in my favoritism list.
You can get Illuminations on Itunes, Amazon, and anywhere that sells music. I highly recommend you do so.