|2. Mille Lune Mille Onde|
|3. E Ara 'A Settembre (Someone Like You)|
|6. Resta Qui|
|7. Il Mistero Dell 'Amore|
|8. Se La Gente Usasse Il Cuore|
|9. Si Volto'|
|10. L 'Abitudine|
|11. L 'Incontro|
|12. E Mi Manchi Tu|
|13. Il Diavolo E L 'Angelo|
|14. L 'Ultimo Re|
The familiar cast of songwriter-collaborators (including Francesco Sartori, responsible for the smash success "Time to Say Goodbye") mixes with new blood; Bocelli himself unveils his songwriting talents on "Il Diavolo e l'Angelo." It's a highly produced affair, but behind all the gloss, Bocelli sings with a newfound, relaxed, even mellow quality. There are intimately touching moments--"L'Incontro," a tribute to his first son featuring Bocelli's own poetry as read by U2's Bono--as well as soaring flights of lyricism (the duet "L'Abitudine" with Italian singer Helena). And on "Mascagni," with its quotes from that composer's operas, Bocelli makes another nod to his classical affinities. But whatever the style, Bocelli is a singer who knows how to go straight to his listeners' hearts. --Sarah Chin
The fourteen songs on CIELI DI TOSCANA were written by Bocelli and others and they are all pure joy to listen to. They all evoke the blue Tuscan skies, the rolling hills, the groves of olive trees, the hidden treasures tucked away in the ancient villages.
Bocelli's voice on all fourteen tracks is at its best. The CD showcases his full range and his full range of abilities. The orchestra is never overpowering and compliments Bocelli wonderfully. And, wonderfully, the lyrics are included in the liner notes. I've learned enough Italian now to understand the songs without the notes, but I need the notes to sing along...something I like to do...but something my family might not like so much. "Il Diavolo e L'Angelo," written by Bocelli, is one of my favorites. It's a bit glossy, but it's so much fun, I didn't mind. And, for those of you who prefer Bocelli "mellow," there's plenty of that on this CD as well.
I definitely think CIELI DI TOSCANA is a much more accessible CD than ROMANZA and if you're new to Andrea Bocelli (you shouldn't be), I would begin with either this CD or SOGNO. Both are wonderfully evocative of Italy and both showcase Andrea Bocelli's talent, warmth and love for the country of his birth.
If you speak Spanish or Portuguese, you'll be able to follow a lot of the words. If not, his voice is so expressive, you'll pick up a good bit of the meaning anyway.
These songs are so lyrical, so romantic, so beautiful, that you'll enjoy them over and over. You may even find yourself singing along after a while.
If you've wondered whether you'll like Bocelli, I recommend starting with this CD. His duets with other artists (especially Helena) are delightful.
You may find yourself - like so many of us - turning into an admirer of this very talented singer.