A fine old-new Josh Groban

A fine old-new Josh Groban

Pairing Josh Groban up with Rob Cavallo, the producer behind Green Day and Paramore, doesn't mean the LA-born singer-songwriter is about to swap classical pop for punk and emo tunes. But his sixth album, All That Echoes, does see him venture into new territory, mixing savvy covers with classy originals.

It begins with the anthem-vibe single Brave, which could easily have been pegged to the Pixar film of the same name.

The most evocative lyrical effort is in False Alarms with the hummable line "I can't cage you in my arms". The Spanish aria Un Alma Mas benefits greatly from a cameo by Grammy-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

Groban's rich and powerful vocals stand out most in his take on Falling Slowly from the 2007 movie Once. With Jimmy Webb's The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, he turns the soulful ballad into a heartbreaking Broadway-style showpiece.

Groban knows what covers suit his voice, but he never shies away from experimenting. It's lovely to see an old and new him now.

YP Rating: 4/5

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