ALBUM REVIEW               :           STAGES

ARTIST                                  :           JOSH GROBAN

GENRE                                  :           TRADITIONAL POP

DATE RELEASED               :           2015


With a voice like Josh Groban, it is expected that eventually he will release an album composed of Broadway songs or traditional pop. This is what this album is all about.  Thus, you will expect soaring vocals, passionate delivery, and remembering the scenes when you personally saw the original play. There is a lot of expectations for Josh Groban in this album considering that he possesses a vocal quality suited not only for opera but also with Broadway plays.

However, in this record, he was just able to deliver satisfactorily if not very satisfactorily.  There is that feeling that this record is quite hurried or he was just too confident that he can really sing Broadways songs without practice. For example, in his rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” his vocals did not soar. It feels like that he is singing a Karaoke version of the song.  I think that he committed wrong judgment when he performed “All I Ask Of You” with Kelly Clarkson. There vocal qualities just did not match.  You can actually feel the stress on Kelly while she sang her parts.  She got drown with Josh Groban.

The saving graces in this record are his unpredictable delivery of “What I Did For Love.”  He stayed away from using his lower register voice like what Perry Como and other traditional pop artist did with their own versions.  In “Les Temp Des Cathedral,” he just proved that his voice really is suited for songs in other languages.  His “Old Devil Moon’ vocal performance is what fans are looking for in terms of passion and vocal quality; it’s like him singing his older songs.   The soaring vocal that listeners will want is found in his version of “Finishing the Hat.”

Overall, the little missteps he created in this record are just actually minor and these did not affect the whole aspect of this record.  With that, I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it



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