Josh Groban Talks Rock Influences for New Album
Dropping in stores today, Josh Groban’s All That Echoes is both a return to form and a new direction. Speaking with CNN about the February 5 release, Groban discussed rock influences from the producer behind the album to his listening preferences as an adolescent.
Behind the album’s production was Rob Cavallo. However, as Groban explains, Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, and Led Zeppelin influenced the sounds for the album. Personal listening, on the other hand, extends across multiple rock genres. While Groban cites Queen and Paul Simon tracks he enjoyed as a youth, grunge, heavy metal, and ‘90s alternative were also some of his listening preferences, specifically Guns ‘N Roses, Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots.
Preceding the release was first single “Brave,” which debuted at the end of December 2012. During the interview, he called All That Echoes a “return to a certain style of form” from four to five years ago but additionally explained exploring new sounds.
Addressing the classical pop to rock crossover sound fans are likely to hear, Groban told CNN: “I make comparisons between rock singers and classical singers. ... I don't think there's any different intent when Freddie Mercury sings ‘We are the Champions’ and Pavarotti sings in ‘Nessun Dorma.’ Emotionally and cerebrally, you can be in the exact same headspace. That's what's interesting to me about quote-unquote crossover music.”
Groban, over the past few years, branched out into acting. While he has a guest role on The Office, fans can expect to see him in upcoming comedy Coffee Town and performing “Happy in my Heartache” in the Valentine’s Day episode of CSI: NY.