The skinny on the newest albums Josh Groban first astonished us with his amazing voice on hit TV show Ally McBeal and has gone on to a brilliant recording career. Groban has sung at momentous events such as the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics and the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and also performed at the Vatican. Now you can experience the performer live with his Awake Live CD+DVD. The CD contains nine songs from the concert, while the DVD features over an hour and 45 minutes of live concert footage. Extras include the making of the DVD and Behind the Big Orange Curtain, a documentary about the tour that features commentary by Groban on all aspects of the tour, from band members, guests, the tour bus and his pet dog Sweeny. The concert was filmed last August in Salt Lake City, Utah, in honour of his first arena concert, which was given in the same city. Groban is clearly grateful to be where he is, as he bounds from one end of the stage to another to shake hands with fans while singing. Groban proves his vocal skills in this concert. The live renditions of Un Dia Llegara and L' Ultima Notte are as emotionally powerful as the recorded versions. His passionate interpretation of Un Giorno Per Noir, the romantic theme to the 1968 film Romeo e Giulietta, is even better than the original, with an amazing cello performance by Vanessa Freebairn-Smith. The standout performance is Pearls, a duet with Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo. Groban accompanies himself on piano for some of the songs. Like legendary artists Elton John and Billy Joel, he's no slouch when it comes to tickling the ivories. What's particularly refreshing about Groban is the way he recounts anecdotes during the concert, from why he chose to sing a particular song, to his visit to South Africa where he met Nelson Mandela. This visit was the inspiration for Lullaby (co-written with Dave Matthews), a complement to South African pop song Weeping, one of the concert's highlights and a song which talks about the end of Apartheid. Whether or not you are a fan, you can't help but be impressed by Groban's talents.