Josh Groban uncovers the track listing for his anxiously awaited eighth full-length studio album, Bridges, available September 21st via Reprise Records. The set will be available on standard and deluxe CD. Fans who pre-order the album will unlock instant grat downloads of recent singles “Granted” and “Symphony” as well as “S’il Suffisait D’Aimer.”
Consisting of nine songs co-written by Groban, it marks the first album to feature his writing since 2013’s All That Echoes.
“I wanted to find a balance,” Groban says of the new record. “That’s one of the reasons behind the title. I’ve always enjoyed singing about light and dark and love and loss as well as friendship. I really emphasized choosing the songs and the order to serve a continuity of energy. The album is about learning lessons, appreciating when love comes your way, being Zen about it when love leaves, and keeping a more energetic and positive spirit moving forward. Music has that way of uniting people unlike anything else in the world. This time, I felt more comfortable writing. I’m really conveying my message and story.”
Beyond the recently released tracks, the standard incarnation features 12 new songs, including a historic Italian duet with Andrea Bocelli entitled “We Will Meet Once Again,” in addition to the studio recording of the live fan favorite “Run” featuring Sarah McLachlan and a collaboration alongside Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles on “99 Years.”
Over the course of Bridges, Groban delivers a dynamic, diverse, and definitive body of work. “River” stands out as an emotional track wherein his powerhouse tone underscores the details of the rejuvenating effect of walking to the Hudson River alongside his dog. Meanwhile, “Musica Del Corazon” continues a lifelong love affair with the romance languages as Groban belts in Spanish backed by the fleet-fingered fret fireworks of world-renowned virtuosic classical guitarist Vicente Amigo. The conclusion “Bigger Than Us” sees him carry an uplifting message of unity to the heavens and back with inspiring charisma and spirit as the hook-“I feel so small with my hands up to the sky, I am reaching up tonight ‘cuz this is bigger than us”-soars.
The Deluxe Edition features a soulful and striking cover of Billy Joel’s “She’s Always A Woman” as well as two other songs.
To bring this vision to life, he recorded in Los Angeles, London and New York with multiple producers including Bernie Herms and Toby Gad, Steve Jordan, Dan Huff, and others.
Expanding his influence, Groban co-stars on the highly anticipated new Netflix original series, The Good Cop, alongside Tony Danza. The series begins streaming on September 21st, the same day Bridges arrives.
The singer will embark on a fall 2018 arena tour supported by Tony-Award winning, multi-platinum recording artist and actress, Idina Menzel.
4. Musica Del Corazon
5. Bridge Over Troubled Water
6. Run feat. Sarah McLachlan
7. S’il Suffsait D’Aimer
8. Won’t Look Back
9. We Will Meet Once Again feat. Andrea Bocelli
10. More Of You
11. 99 Years feat. Jennifer Nettles
12. Bigger Than Us
13. You Have No Idea [Deluxe Edition]
14. Signs [Deluxe Edition]
15. She’s Always A Woman [Deluxe Edition]
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