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Josh Groban: Not typical operatic fare

When first listening to an operatic baritone belting an Italian love song, one pictures a large, beefy man with a beard and a four- or five-syllable last name.

Not Josh Groban. This 21-year-old California native has a head full of curls and a set of pipes like no other. His songs are moving, and his slight vibrato is perfectly controlled. His voice is rich and powerful, his tone is smooth, and he carries emotion in every song. There is quite simply one word to describe his self-titled first album: amazing.



The album includes an incredible repertoire of songs in three languages (English, Italian, Spanish), ranging from a Don McLean remake to a duet with Charlotte Church. While most fans will adore his heartfelt English ballads, don’t overlook the gorgeous Italian songs.

Groban’s music will embrace all ages. Even those who despise opera may find they enjoy his CD. And while his pronunciation isn’t perfect, whatever he lacks is most definitely compensated for by his unbelievable voice. It’s hard to believe, considering, in his words, Groban joined his school music group because “everyone else was doing it.”




– Anne Lowrey

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