Sunday, December 26, 2010

Josh Groban - Noel (2007)

Josh Groban - Noel (2007)

Vocalist Josh Groban delivers his first Christmas themed album with 2007's Noel. Once again produced by longtime "man behind the curtain" David Foster, the album features more of Groban's dewy, supple vocals set to Foster's cinematic orchestrations.

As per the holiday theme, these are primarily classic tunes of the season including such chestnuts as "Silent Night," "Ave Maria," and, of course, "The Christmas Song." However, also included are a few lesser-known traditional songs as "Panis Angelicus" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." Similarly, while most of the productions here should appeal to longtime fans of Groban's particular classical-crossover sound, some cuts like soft rock inflected "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and the Celtic folk leaning "Little Drummer Boy" do expand upon the Groban/Foster palette in a pleasing way.

Notably, also showcased here are guest appearances by country superstar Faith Hill, R&B stalwart Brian McKnight, and perennial holiday backing band the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
—Matt Collar, Allmusic.com

Track List:
  1. Silent Night
  2. Little Drummer Boy
  3. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  4. Ave Maria
  5. Angels We Have Heard On High
  6. Thankful
  7. The Christmas Song
  8. What Child Is This
  9. The First Noel
  10. Petit Papa Noel
  11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  12. Panis Angelicus
  13. O Come All Ye Faithful
(Revised on 12/18/2011)

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