You know the festive season can't be far off when everywhere you go you hear that yet another artist is releasing a Christmas album. Joining the ranks of Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Michael Bolton and Kenny G is talented baritone Josh Groban with his album Noel. The album is a collection of popular sacred and secular songs. Its big draw is the diverse list of guest artists, including Andy McKee, Brian McKnight, Faith Hill and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and accompaniment from the London Symphony Orchestra. The album opens with a solemn and atmospheric version of Silent Night. This is followed by a duet with Andy McKee of Little Drummer Boy. The song starts off quietly with Groban singing to a simple drum and guitar backing that slowly crescendos as strings, snare drum and bagpipes are added. The stand out solo track is What Child Is This? Groban's voice wraps itself around you like a hug. Noel stands out from the masses of yuletide offerings with an excellent vocalist, brilliant arrangements and outstanding support from talented artists. Though the songs are familiar, each is given enough of a twist to remain fresh.