Friday, November 27, 2020

Groban’s new album

Josh Groban is known for his incorporation of classical and pop genres in his vocally driven music. Unknowingly, I figured Josh Groban was either a Christian rock singer or an emerging foreign opera sensation.

At a closer listen, the album, “All That Echoes,” possesses characteristics of alternative rock, European pop, and opera. The lyrics could be seen as love ballads for a significant other or worship songs for Sunday morning.

Groban peaked in his fame with the cover of “You Raise Me Up” a decade ago. Over 125 covers have been made of this song, originally composed by a band called Secret Garden, and Groban’s cover is the most well known. If you remember the powerful uplifting confessions of “You Raise Me Up,” from the “Closer” album, you will get a sense of Groban’s emotion in his latest album.

His new album, “All That Echoes,” is different from his previous albums. His new work offers a mix of strong opera style lyrics in Italian and contemporary adult. The surprising mix provided a sophisticated vibe.

The addition of Italian to his predominately English album brought awkward detours in his album with “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” followed with “Un Alma Mas” in Italian. Another flaw in the album is the emergence of instrumentals that I would normally hear on a classic Disney movie soundtrack like “Lion King.”

Also, the loud forceful nature of symphony, rock, pop and opera music made it overbearing to listen to the whole album in one setting.

The themes of his lyrics varies in the album. The opening song, “Brave,” offered motivational messages in lyrics like, “You will find the warmth when you surrender, Smile into the fear and let it play.” His lyrics don’t just inspire. They also describe beautiful scenery and romance. His sweet lyrics include, “I don’t know you, But I want you, All the more for that.” An example of his descriptive imagery was is in the song, “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”.

Fans won’t be disappointed with his new album. The consistent musical talent throughout kept me intrigued. All in all, I would recommend those with an interest in classic, contemporary vocal expressions to listen to “All That Echoes”.


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