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© 143/Reprise Records
Year of Release: 2007
Little Drummer Boy
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Angels We Have Heard
The Christmas Song
What Child Is This
The First Noel
Petit Papa Noel
It Came Upon
A Midnight Clear
O Come All Ye Faithful
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Towards the end of 2007, Josh Groban's Christmas CD, Noel hit the
stores. His appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show sparked interest for fans to
purchase his CD, and from it, it became his biggest album to reach the number
one spot, for 5 weeks, breaking the record for the most weeks at number one
for a Christmas Album. (Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album (4
weeks), and Kenny G's Miracles - The Christmas Album (3 weeks).
Groban's first album, Closer, was his first #1 album for one week,
in January, 2004.
Noel captures some awesome familiar traditional Christmas tunes,
with Groban's voice in full spirit. "Silent Night" brings a very
fresh sound to this particular Christmas favorite classic. "Little Drummer
Boy" is a bit more upbeat than other versions. "I'll Be Home For
Christmas" starts with a different intro lyrically, but ventures in the
familiar lyrics when referring to Elvis' version. Throughout the song, you
hear Christmas messages from our troops overseas, a very touching mix for
this song. (The other song that comes to mind regarding the troops is
Lonestar's "I'm Already There (Message From Home)".
"Ave Maria" is a beautiful version, almost just as great as Mario
Lanza's version. (Sorry everyone, but Mario Lanza still and always will be
the best male opera singer to me.) "Angels We Have Heard On High"
is good also, yet I think a chorus of choir singers would have been a nice
addition, although Brian McKnight does help vocally.
"Thankful" is an original, but I can't help but hear the melody
of the Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram song "Somewhere Out There" in some
instances. It is another very beautiful ballad, but my "bad habit" is listening
to songs, and hearing another. "The Christmas Song" is well-done, with
the acoustic guitar providing the pleasant musical atmosphere with Groban's
beautiful voice. "What Child Is This" is another good version, just a
little more upbeat than other slower version I have heard.
"The First Noel" -- Beautiful, just beautiful -- on Groban's part.
Faith Hill duets with Groban on this song, but truthfully, I think Groban alone
on this song would have been better. The original "Petit Papa Noel" is
a good original, and other beautiful ballad is the classic "It Came Upon A
"Panis Angelica" has the melody of another Christmas song; I just can't
remember its title. The closing song is another beautiful ballad by Groban -- the
classic "O Come All Ye Faithful."
Josh Groban's Noel is a very well-done Christmas album. It's one of
those albums you have to have playing in the background while you work. I'm
curious if Groban will repeat his #1 album achievement with future releases,
especially non-Christmas albums. Hopefully he won't need another celebrity's
help to boost his future album(s) (or individual songs) to top the chart.
Yet it would be nice to see Groban dominate the single hit charts, and
overpower today's Rap stars, since they've been enforcing the #1 position
for many years now.
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