Genre: Pop; Lead Performer: Josh Groban

The pop-?classical crooner hired Rick Rubin to produce Illuminations, the follow-up to 2007?s zillion-selling Noël, but the result is no clumsy bad-boy makeover. In fact, if you can get past lyrics bloated with dark nights and winter moons, Illuminations might be Groban?s handsomest effort yet. ”Bells of New York City” raises goose bumps with a haunting melody, while ”Você Existe Em Mim” packs real percussive heat. B+

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Originally posted November 9 2010 — 12:00 AM EST

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