Saturday, March 23, 2013

CD Review: Josh Groban and Emmy Rossum Give Great Performances On Their New Albums

Earlier this year we had two new albums released by some of the youngest and most amazing voices in music. Josh Groban released his sixth album at the beginning of February and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The new release, entitled "All That Echoes" features twelve songs, seven of which were co-written by Groban.
His voice instantly becomes the focus of the album as it starts off with "Brave." His big vocals quickly adapt to the rocking chorus. The songs "False Alarm" and "Falling Slowly" brings the tempo down, but it quickly returns with the upbeat, pop sound of "Below The Line." The two operatic, foreign language songs on the album, find Groben duetting with Laura Pausini on "E Ti Promettero" and adding a little Spanish flair with Arturo Sandoval on "Un Alma Mas." The album closes with an epic sounding cover of Stevie Wonder's "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)."
Josh Groban will be heading overseas at the beginning of April for three months of touring before making a three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in early July. For more information on Josh Groban and his new album, "All That Echoes," please visit
The other newly released album is from the young singer/actress Emmy Rossum. Her new album "Sentimental Journey" is her first release in six years. Her last album "Inside Out" was released in 2007 where it barely cracked the Billboard Top 200 album chart. This album was released at the end of January and debuted at #92 on the album chart. Also, unlike her last album, this new release is made up entirely of cover songs.
The twelve-song album plays out like a calendar as each song highlights a different month, beginning with the title-song "Senimental Journey." Her voice on "The Object Of My Affection" is so sweet and pure, you can't help but follow her throughout the entire album. She covers songs from the 1920s through the 1960s as some song are very well know like "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover" and "Summer Wind." Emmy shows her versatility with the country jaunt of "Many Tears Ago" and the big beat jazz of "Things." The album closes with the powerful Christmas classic "Pretty Paper." The album also adds a bonus song, the interesting lounge sounding "Keep Young And Beautiful."
Emmy Rossum recently performed on "The View," "Entertainment Tonight," "Access Hollywood" and "Conan." She currently has no live dates scheduled, but keep visiting for up to date information on this young, rising talent.

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