Josh Groban Bridges from Madison Square Garden

Recorded at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden, this is Josh Groban in his element. Live. Singing. A singer who not only possesses a crystalline and powerful voice, but one who is an excellent conveyor of the story and emotion of songs. Here in this release from Trafalgar Releasing you get to hear, see and feel it. Just like you were there yourself.

His voice is unmistakeable. Different from any other male singer out there. Separates him from the rest. He is worthy of all the multi-platinum selling albums he has released. On top of the voice he knows how to communicate. Now, that seems like something you would expect from all performers, but that is not the case. Through music he has become a master communicator. Not only during the time he speaks to the crowd (which he does often and sometimes at length), but also when he sings. He is excellent at bringing out what the song is about and how you should feel when listening to him singing it. Also gives you a peek into what songs mean to him, why he wrote some of them and why he sings them. A rare window into the artist and his process.

The setlist contains well-known songs as well originals. Sound is impeccable as is his voice. He is in great form. Behind him are some wonderful musicians/performers. Groban is backed by a 14-piece orchestra and a 5-member band.

Visually this is a treat. Picture is crystal clear and the different angles add to the enjoyment. You get both close ups of him which allow you to see the emotion on his face and wide angles that bring the immensity of the crowd into play.

As he says early on the venue is amazing. It is one which all artists dream of playing and he did towards the end of his 2018 tour called Bridges. Special treats occur when Idina Menzel and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles join him onstage. During the 95 minute runtime there are several highlights including his duet with Menzel on the song “Falling Slowly” from the film/Broadway musical Once, when he sits down at the piano to sing Billy Joel’s “Always a Woman” and his always inspirational song “You Raise Me Up”. A show filled with highlights and nary a low point.

Set list:

  1. Bigger Than Us
  2. You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)
  3. Won’t Look Back
  4. Granted
  5. Pure Imagination (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover)
  6. Oceano
  7. The Wandering Kind
  8. She’s Always a Woman (Billy Joel cover)
  9. Lullaby (with Idina Menzel)
  10. Falling Slowly (with Idina Menzel)
  11. Bring Him Home (Claude-Michel Schönberg cover)
  12. Musica del Corazon
  13. River
  14. Alla luce del sole
  15. 99 Years (with Jennifer Nettles)
  16. You Raise Me Up
Encore:
17. To Where You Are
18. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel cover)

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