Josh Groban

Browse Reviews!

 
Band Summary

Average User Rating 9.46
Total Reviews 2
Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
All Concert Photos (click to enlarge)


All User Reviews
 
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Gorban Proving to be great touring artist
Venue/Date: GIANT Center (Hershey, PA)
Concert Date:  
August 3rd, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

      Venue Parking  
      Venue Security  
      Opening Band  
      Opening Song  
      Set List  
      Band Connection  
      Band Energy/Intensity/Showmanship  
      ConcertGoer Energy/Intensity  
      Sound Quality  
      Set and Lighting Design (SLD)  
      The Finish/Encore  
9.61

Groban takes fans on a special voyage

Saturday, August 04, 2007
BY PRASANA WILLIAM
Of The Patriot-News

Josh Groban, the 26-year-old classically trained superstar, rocked Hershey's packed Giant Center last night. Don't call it opera, a common misconception among uninitiated listeners. Groban proved that what he does with a mike and an orchestra is far from Pavarotti.

Opener Anjelique Kidjo warmed up the crowd with her energetic African beat. In front of a masterful band that includes two drummers, Kidjo held her own -- a tiny bundle of rhythm and soaring voice that captivated the eye and probably won more than a few fans.

Rumbling through on African songs and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," Kidjo hardly stood still, as though the music was too alive to stay inside her small frame. She exhorted the fans to leave behind their troubles, if just for one night, and enjoy the concert -- a perfect intro for what would come next.

Groban is one of the top romantic musicians of our time and his performance last night truly was an escape from the ordinary. When you watch him, you get more than a musically flooring performance -- you get a stunning visual act.

The first strains of "You are Loved (Don't Give Up)" floated spectrally across the audience from behind a curtain that appeared to be made of pure sunshine. The curtain rose to reveal an orchestra -- not many touring performers can boast that -- and Groban himself rose from beneath the stage to the exploding chorus. Screens lit like the sun rose and shone down on the singer who wielded the mike stand like a rock star.
Read rest of Review Here URL
Click here to read rest of the review

Was this review helpful to you?      

 
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Josh Groban Thrills Staples CENTER
Venue/Date: STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Concert Date:  
March 31st, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

      Venue Parking  
      Venue Security  
      Opening Band  
      Opening Song  
      Set List  
      Band Connection  
      Band Energy/Intensity/Showmanship  
      ConcertGoer Energy/Intensity  
      Sound Quality  
      Set and Lighting Design (SLD)  
      The Finish/Encore  
9.30

Josh Groban Thrills Staples


By STEVEN MIRKIN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Josh Groban


Presented by Live Nation. Reviewed March 31, 2007.
 
Band: Tariq Aroni, Craig MacIntyre, Tim Curle, Lucia Micarelli, Colleen Alexander.
Also appearing, Angelique Kidjo.
 
Josh Groban started his Saturday night concert at Staples Center by assuring his fans that "when your heart's heavy/I will lift it for you." For the evening's big finale, the shoe was on the other foot: This time, the aud was doing the lifting -- "You raise me up," he exalted. In between came two hours of the kind of soft-focus uplift favored by Hallmark and Oprah Winfrey -- two of Groban's biggest supporters.

Josh Sells Out STAPLES

You don't get friends like that unless you're undeniably popular: Groban's last two albums, 2004's "Closer" and last year's "Awake" (143/Reprise), have both gone platinum, and Staples Center was sold out. Like Hallmark and Oprah, Groban doesn't demand much from his fans; he coddles them with lushly orchestrated aural assurance.


It was an evening of low-impact bombast with new-age touches (the latter mostly supplied by the visuals, computer animations along the lines of plants taking root and moonrises over calm waters). The semi-operatic material he favors ("Un Giorno Per Noi," better known as the love theme from the 1968 film "Romeo and Juliet"; the cloying romance of "So She Dances") is filled with great swells and gentle crescendos and swaddled by a 15-piece string section; even an instrumental version of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," a showcase for violinist Lucia Micarelli, is stripped of its exoticism.


Groban has a lovely voice, with a warm and supple tone and power that's unforced from his natural baritone to a sweet falsetto. But he has a tendency to overdo the vibrato; both he and his audience operate under the belief that any emotion sounds that much more important when it's sung with a quiver.

He's attractive but unthreatening, smiling his way through every song, shaking his loose, curly hair; he's as robotically, relentlessly upbeat as a Stepford wife. Every venue Groban's played is "wonderful," every musician is "incredibly talented," and he reminds the audience -- multiple times -- that they're "awesome." Even a recent visit to Walter Reed Medical Center is recounted in tones of hushed awe and a bland reminder that we should "support the troops."


 

Variety is striving to present the most thorough review database. To report inaccuracies in review credits, please click here. We do not currently list below-the-line credits, although we hope to include them in the future. Please note we may not respond to every suggestion. Your assistance is appreciated.

Was this review helpful to you?