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“My Confession” praises a lady for her affection, beauty and grace. Similar tributes extol love that can overcome the storms of life (“Oceano”), make a man feel capable of flight (“When You Say You Love Me”), unselfishly pursue happiness and peace (“Per Te”), and dramatically save a man, yet be “as natural as breathing” (“All’Improvviso Amore”). “Never Let Go” yearns for healing in a romance (“Torn apart by rage and fear/Hold on to what brought you here”). The hymn-like lyrics of “You Raise Me Up” may be directed at God or at a human being who gives the singer strength (“When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary/When troubles come and my heart burdened be ... You raise me up so I can stand on mountains/You raise me up to walk on stormy seas”). Equally ambiguous, “Remember When It Rained” seeks a closer bond with a friend.
It’s an anomaly that Groban, sounding like a cross between Steve Green and Pavarotti, would chart so well with only half of his songs in English. Weirder still, teens love his music. But hey, as good as these messages are, who are we to question such outrageous fortune?
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Featuring songs in English, Italian, French and Spanish, this project climbed as high as number 1 and has sold more than 2 million copies.