CHAD NEUMAN listens to a
mixture of operatic and modern music
Warner 9 48154-2
Josh Groban, a relatively new operatic singer to the music industry,
sings with great talent, especially for being so relatively new. According
to Jerry McCulley of Amazon.com, Groban was 17 when producer David
Foster had him fill in for Andrea Bocelli at rehearsals for the 1999 Grammys.
He had to drop out of Carnegie Mellon when his professional life and record
The self-titled release, Josh Groban, features tracks such as Alla
Luce Del Sole, which combines operatic singing with a background composed
of synthesized beats, piano and backup vocals. This gives a somewhat 'modern'
You're Still You does not sound operatic but rather much like
an easy listening love song. Cinema Paradiso (Se) features an orchestra
in the background instead of the more modernized synthesized sound, making
it one of the few purely operatic pieces on the album, while Canto Alla
Vita, which features the Corrs, utilizes the beats and sounds of techno,
and combined with opera, it makes an odd couple.
Whether or not someone really enjoys or just likes this album depends
on personal preference of the mixture of opera and modern music. Groban's
album is a bit more 'modern-sounding' than those of many current opera stars.
Some may enjoy the mix of modern sounds and operatic talent, some may enjoy
modern music exclusively and others just opera. Groban's mix of modern and
operatic sounds will probably show that getting started early in singing
can lead to a great career.
Copyright © 9 February 2002
Chad Neuman, Lakeland, FL, USA
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