I’m not too proud to admit that I absolutely love Josh Groban. I’m not a middle-aged woman, nor do I harbor any misguided thoughts that he is an actual opera singer, but his voice is delightful and he is a fantastic performer. Not that you can tell by listening to a CD, but I’ve seen him live twice, so I think that my opinion counts for something.
For the first few years of my Josh Groban fandom, all I wanted was to hear his lovely voice singing my favorite Christmas songs. I finally got that chance in 2007, when he released his Christmas album, Noel. (Incidentally, that was also the year I found out that Josh was a family friend of two of my college professors. What.)
There’s nothing not to love about this album. Baritone voices are my favorite to listen to, and Josh’s is warm and not overly “operatic.” Each song on the album seems entirely appropriate for the genre and for him, even though there are plenty of unique features as well. In “Little Drummer Boy,” Josh is accompanied by Andy McKee on guitar, which is a cool change from the usual piano or orchestra. “Home For Christmas” begins with sound bytes of military men and women wishing their families and friends a merry Christmas from far away (this album was released in 2007). And one of my favorites, “The First Noel,” is actually a duet with Faith Hill.
Even if you don’t usually listen to Josh Groban, I encourage you to check out this album. I bet you’ll like it more than you expect.
- Day 9: Michael W. Smith – Christmas
- Day 8: Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red
- Day 7: Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me
- Day 6: Amy Grant – Home For Christmas
- Day 5: Renée Fleming – Christmas in New York
- Day 4: Neil Diamond – The Christmas Album
- Day 3: Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Day 2: Sufjan Stevens – Songs For Christmas
- Day 1: Bing Crosby – Christmas Classics