Drawing on the gifts of artists like Dave Matthews and Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik, and enlisting talents as disparate as Herbie Hancock and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Josh Groban reaches new heights with his third album, Awake. Groban's large cadre of fans have eagerly anticipated this follow-up to 2003's Closer, and Awake doesn't meddle with its predecessor's formula. Once again Groban is paired with hitmaking producer David Foster, and he assays a varied set of soaring, lyrical songs in number of languages, some written by Groban himself. The guest stars, while never overshadowing the young crooner, add both variety and the deft touch of experience -- on the pair of South Africa-inspired songs with Ladysmith Black Mambazo (one co-written by Matthews) and on the rhythmically incisive "Machine," with jazz great Hancock on keyboard. Groban tries his own hand at the piano on the expressive "February Song" (co-written by Ondrasik), while other instrumental flourishes, like the evocative Spanish guitar that opens "Un Día Llegará" and the cello solo on "Un Giorno Per Noi" (Nino Rota's Romeo and Juliet theme), provide colorful support for the singer's rich vocals. Groban is at his most inspirational in the single "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)," offering comforting words for troubled souls, while a separately available special edition of the album features a pair of extra tracks as well as a "making-of" video on a companion DVD.
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Performance CreditsJosh Groban Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tower of Power Brass
Tom Scott Horn
David Foster Keyboards
Michael Thompson Guitar
Glen Ballard Keyboards
David Campbell Conductor
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Marius de Vries Piano,Keyboards
Nathan East Bass,Bass Guitar
Anton Fig Drums
Nick Lane Horn
Robbie McIntosh Guitar
Vincent Nguini Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
Frank Ricotti Percussion,Vibes
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar
Lee Thornburg Horn
Greg Vail Horn
Sean Hurley Bass,Keyboards
Trevor Barry Bass
Joel Shearer Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Eric Mouquet Keyboards
Walter Afanasieff Piano
Greg Adams Horn
Vusi Mahlasela Background Vocals
Bakithi Kumalo Bass,Vocals
Chris Elliott Dulcimer,Piano
Imogen Heap Piano,Mbira
Anna Ross Background Vocals
James Freebarin-Smith Cello,Soloist
Fiona Hibbert Harp
Blair Sinta Percussion
Susie Suh Background Vocals
Kaitlyn Barton Tambourine
Tawgs Salter Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Jochem van der Saag Synthesizer
Ian Thomas Drums
Technical CreditsNino Rota Composer
David Foster Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Claudia Brant Composer
Glen Ballard Producer,Audio Production
John Brough Engineer
David Campbell Orchestral Arrangements
Scott Campbell Engineer
Marius de Vries Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestral Arrangements,Audio Production
Humberto Gatica Producer,Engineer
Mark Hammond Composer
Marco Marinangeli Composer
Alejandro Rodriguez Engineer
Guy Sigsworth Vocal Producer
Simon Hale String Arrangements
Eric Mouquet Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
William Ross Arranger,String Conductor
Greg Adams Horn Arrangements
John Ondrasik Composer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Dave Bassett Composer
David Channing Engineer
Chris Elliott Orchestral Arrangements
Imogen Heap Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Alexis Smith Programming,Effects Programming
Andy Selby Composer
Andrea Sandrei Composer
Asher Lenz Composer
Josh Groban Arranger,Composer,Producer
Debbi Datz Pyle String Contractor
Jeff Cohen Composer
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
David Romano Vocal Coach
Jason Boshoff Programming
Adam Crossley Composer
Thomas Salter Composer
Gina Zimmitti String Contractor
Tawgs Salter Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Gary Thomsa Engineer
Matt Taylor Art Direction
Larry Kusik Composer
Jochem van der Saag Programming,Engineer,Sound Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Awake based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
I have followed Josh Groban and have all his music, so I was excited to preorder his new CD, unfortunately, it was disappointing...
I am in love with this CD!! I can't stop listening to it. Good job Josh Groban!
Ok, now that I ahve my fangirly scream out of my system, I must say this: Any, and repeat, ANY, Josh Groban CD is going to be awesome! I haven't bought the CD yet, but I sure will! YOU ROCK JOSH!
This is one of my all-time favorite CDs! Josh Groban is so great! I've only been to one of his concerts, but it was awesome. My favorite song on this CD is "February Song". Josh Groban has such a moving voice--it's no wonder he was able to replace Andrea Bocelli to sing The National Anthom at the Suber Bowl when he was only sixteen! I read that after he sang it, the entire arena was dead-quiet for a couple seconds, they were so shocked that a sixteen-year-old could sing *that* well. Then they clapped so much, the sound was deafening. Josh Groban has been an excellent singer since he was only sixteen!! and has only improved since then.
I wasn't too sure what to expect from Josh's new cd after hearing little bits and pieces. But I have to say after hearing the whole thing, I believe it to be his best one yet! Keep up the great work Josh!
And with his latest, "Awake," Josh Groban has lost me as a fan. Following the hideous "Live at the Greek", Groban provides more croaking and even more mediocre songwriting (his). The duets are sad, with Groban attempting even more of a crossover to rock. His voice and his talents lie elsewhere. He's a stiff and more formal performer. His vocal range is not attuned to rock, nor is his personality. He just comes off as the odd duck trying to become a swan. I just wish he would have stayed in his own pond. He was marvelous in his first two CD's his first performance on PBS. I own all of those. Early great success, which I feel he worked hard for and definitely earned, has unfortunately gone to his head. And it's a waste of his vocal talents.
Have heard all the cuts on Awake... outstanding job Josh putting your stamp on all aspects of this album, composing, writing, producing and most of all singing. Your voice is even better than it was on Closer!
This is a wonderful cd. Very relaxing! I have played it at naptime in my kindergarten class for the past 2 days. All my students are quiet and their teacher isn't stressed out anymore!!
This Album is superb. Josh is a Genius. Every track is outstanding. Josh rocks!
This CD is an awesome CD I would recommend anyone to listen to. It will leave you in a peaceful state and it will inspire you and lift you up! Everyone should buy it and listen to it! Trust me, I loved it!
All of Josh Groban's CDs are excellent, including this one. It has a bit of a different style to it but that makes the music even better. If you are a fan of Josh Groban. I highly recommend this CD. If you haven't heard Josh Groban's music before but like singers such as Five For Fighting, I highly recommend this CD to you also.
I really enjoyed this albumn. It keeps some of the same elements of his previous albumns, but adds new ones. I think that the mix of english and the various other languages lends a distinctive touch to his music. Without the other languages it wouldn't be a Josh Groban albumn. Again another hit disc that takes you on a journey.
An absolutely incredible voice this young man has...The pure richness, depth and expression he brings out in each song is breathtaking...Once again, Thank You for sharing with us!!
Awake is such a beautifully composed album. Josh has blown me away again! I love all the tracks on this album. His voice is just so powerful and touching. The song "Awake" makes me tear up inside.
This album is outstanding!!
So She Dances and You Are Loved(Don't Give Up) are amazing songs! Josh Groban is just... amazing.
What a variety of music this new cd has. Josh sounds incredible. You won't be disappointed!
I love the music. It has a certain feel and energy that is impossible to creat or mime by anybody but Josh Groban.
This album is amazing. Well done Josh! Every song is fabulous!!!!
This is the best! It is a wondrous blend of new and familiar. I commend Josh for taking chances and for putting his own brand and personality into his music, rather than settling for the safe and easy path. Lullaby and Weeping are gifts. So She Dances is lovely. Machine is exciting. Congratulations on the best album this year!! Josh hit this one right outta the park!!
This album was less than okay for me. The music did not appeal to me that much. In fact, I've played it only twice. The songs do not invite me to listen again, even though Josh's voice is always tremendous.
The review of this CD written by "Felicia, a music lover from Orlando" and titled "Groban Losing It!" is absolutely incorrect. This is Josh's best CD ever!The songs he wrote are beautiful and he is absolutely NOT going towards the rock genre of music. The songs are wonderful and his voice is magnificent. If you are deciding whether or not to buy this album, DO NOT listen to any reviews that say the CD is bad. Josh Groban is still just as good of a singer if not better than he was in his other CDs.
I was weary of this CD when it first came out and wasn't sure how it would fare against his other outstanding albums because I had heard this album would be a bit different. However, from the moment I first listened to this album I thought it was his best work to date. His vocals are incredible and the songs he chose on this album are extremely touching and well written. I cannot get enough of this album and cannot wait for a new one!!!