Josh Groban’s latest powerhouse single gives us strength to “Brave” a brand new year of experiences

Opening with the sounds of lightly plucked strings like the stready drip-drip of percolating coffee, Josh Groban’s “Brave” urges us to surrender to a new day, smiling as we refuse to run away from things which simply “can’t be so.” Another brilliantly bombastic single from the patron saint of modern classical pop, Groban sets high expectations for his upcoming sixth studio album All That Echoes, due out Feb. 5 on Reprise Records. Here’s hoping the rest of the album meets the challenge, because “Brave” on its own is stadium pop music of the highest order.