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Stages is Josh Groban’s homage to Broadway (even if some opened elsewhere). We have pieces from musicals made current to us through film such as Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera as well older musicals such as The Wizard of Oz and The Fantasticks and in-between with Chess and Notre-Dame de Paris. Stages is a worthy addition to Broadway tributes owing to a first-rate production (and not being overly produced), a straight-forward yet contemporary take on the numbers (it doesn’t try to make them something they’re not) and, well, Josh Groban’s voice. Let’s face it, the boy can sing. Some of these songs seem to have been covered mostly by women, so it’s nice to have a male version, but the best part is that he has one of the best voices around. While the album is full of nuggets (“What I Did for Love” and his duet with Kelly Clarkson to name two), for me, the highlight is “Bring Him Home.”

For full review: Track by Track Stages Review