Not much can be said about Josh Groban that hasn’t already been said. We all know of his talent; the power of his vioce; his unfailing control over diction; his seemingly-innate mastery of foreign linguistics; and not to mention his immense musical aptitude.
Despite all his previous accomplishments, Illuminations is a step further in the right direction, and a new addition to that ever-growing list of successes and personal triumphs. With the French track, “Au Jardin Des Sans-Pourquoi,” Josh Groban proves, yet again, that language barriers pose no problems. If you think that the track “Higher Window” is not musically brilliant, then you’ll agree that it’s poetic at the very least. Furthermore, the lead title “Hidden Away” is as enthralling as “To Where You Are,” and very typical Josh Groban. In fact, all the tracks are far from bereft of musical genius. Every aspect has been vigilantly picked; the notes; the crescendos; right down to the order of the track listing.
Josh Groban is back – after 3 long years – with an album that is just as good as his debut album, featuring songs that will live in the memory much like those songs from his first album. Illuminations debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, having sold over 190,000 copies, in the U.S. alone, in its first week.