The First Noel
Josh Groban's voice -- big as a barn and wont to lean into barrel-chested swells -- is perfectly attuned to this set of string-dressed holiday classics. The new-age back beats and lush production are every bit as elaborate as anything in his catalog, but the material (mostly balladic standards like "Ave Maria" and "What Child Is This?") suits the package perfectly. It's equally enjoyable when he introduces new classics like "Thankful" or slightly more obscure traditionals like "Petit Papa Noel."