Josh Groban Turns to Stevie Wonder, Norway on New Album

Josh Groban has recorded covers of songs by Stevie Wonder, Glen Hansard and an obscure Norwegian band for his next album, „All That Echoes,“ which Reprise/Warner Bros. will release on Feb. 5.Groban introduced six of the album’s songs at a listening party Wednesday at the Sunset Towers in West Hollywood. Included in the half-dozen were his versions of Hansard’s Oscar-winning „Falling Slowly“ from „Once,“ Wonder’s „I Believe When I Fall in Love“ — two songs he considers among his all-time favorites — and „Hollow Talk,“ a 2009 release from the Norwegian Choir of Young Believers.“Hollow Talk“ was brought to Groban’s attention by Warner Music International marketing executive Dion Singer and the Groban version is almost as sparse as the original — an acoustic guitar, piano, a few strings and the sound of passing cars. „It’s such a cinematic song,“ Groban said, recalling that producer Rob Cavallo told Groban „I feel there is a cityscape in it. So we went out on Sunset Boulevard and recorded traffic.“

by Phil Gallo, L.A.  |   November 29, 2012 4:50 EST

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