Illuminations (Josh Groban album)

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Josh Groban Illuminations Cover.jpg
Studio album by Josh Groban
Released November 15, 2010
Recorded 2008-10
Label 143, Reprise
Producer Rick Rubin
Josh Groban chronology
A Collection
All That Echoes
Singles from Illuminations
  1. "Hidden Away"
    Released: September 13, 2010
  2. "Você Existe Em Mim"
    Released: October 12, 2010
  3. "Higher Window"
    Released: October 25, 2010
  4. "L'Ora Dell'Addio"
    Released: November 9, 2010
  5. "If I Walk Away"
    Released: January 12, 2012

Illuminations is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Josh Groban, produced by Rick Rubin. Similar to his previous albums, Illuminations contains songs sung in a variety of languages, including his first take on a Portuguese song, "Você Existe Em Mim", which Groban co-wrote with Lester Mendez and Carlinhos Brown. The album was released on November 15, 2010.[1]

Album information[edit]

The official title and cover art for Illuminations was revealed in September 2010.[1][2] In addition to the regular release, a special fan edition of the album is available for purchase on Groban's website that contains the original CD, a "making-of" DVD, a 48-page color photo book filled with lyrics and pictures, and two bonus tracks (to be delivered digitally).[3]

The first single from the album, "Hidden Away", was released on September 13,[4] and was also available to download for free on Groban's website and Facebook from September 8–13.

Leading up to the album's release, iTunes released songs periodically from the album to download, which began on October 12 with the release of the album's Portuguese song "Você Existe Em Mim".[5] A third song, "Higher Window", was released on October 25. A fourth and final song, "L'Ora Dell'Addio", was released on November 9.

Beginning May 12, 2011, Groban embarked on a worldwide tour entitled the Straight to You Tour to promote the album.[6]


Critical reception[edit]

Metacritic gave the album a total rating of 79/100, based on four critical reviews.[7]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
BBC Music positive[9]
The Boston Globe positive[10]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[11]

Commercial reception[edit]

The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling 190,000 copies in its first week and was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipping over a million copies.[12] The album has since sold over 800,000 copies in the US.[13] In Canada, the album debuted at #4 on the Canadian Albums Chart and was certified platinum for shipping over 80,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

The following is the track listing for the regular album:[14][15]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Wandering Kind (Prelude)"   Groban 2:28
2. "Bells of New York City"   Groban, Dan Wilson 3:50
3. "Galileo (Someone Like You)"   Declan O'Rourke, Seamus Cotter 3:22
4. "L'Ora Dell'Addio"   Groban, Walter Afanasieff, Marco Marinangeli 3:28
5. "Hidden Away"   Groban, Wilson 3:56
6. "Au Jardin des Sans-Pourquoi" (The Garden Without "Whys")"   Groban, Rufus Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle 3:32
7. "Higher Window"   Groban, Wilson, Thomas Salter 4:37
8. "If I Walk Away"   Groban, Wilson 3:52
9. "Love Only Knows"   Groban, Wilson 4:44
10. "Você Existe Em Mim"   Groban, Lester Mendes, Carlinhos Brown 5:07
11. "War at Home"   Groban, Wilson 4:45
12. "London Hymn"   Groban, Marius de Vries 1:57
13. "Straight to You"   Nick Cave 4:10
Total length:



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  12. ^ "Building Album Sales Chart - HITS Daily Double". HITS Daily Double. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014. 
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