|1. Canto Della Terra|
|2. The Prayer (duet with Celine Dion)|
|4. O Mare E Tu (duet with Dulce Pontes)|
|5. A Volte Il Cuore|
|7. Mai Piu' Cosi' Lontano|
|9. Nel Cuore Lei (duet with Eros Ramazzotti)|
|10. Tremo E T'Amo|
|11. I Love Rossini|
|12. Un Canto|
|13. Come Un Fiume Tu|
|14. A Mio Padre|
So what's the problem? This is the trouble with opera singers who try to sing pop songs. You see, the timing and phrasing used in pop music is just completely different. And often the composers who write these crossover songs for singers like Bocelli don't have the faintest clue what makes and emotional and touching pop song. To make a long story short, pop efforts by classical singers sound more like muzak than anything else. You know, the kind of music they play in expensive stores and restaurants. The orchestrations are overblown and the pop instruments used sound pretty cheesy and are actually nothing special.
Bottom line being, if you want a good blend between classical music and pop or rock, I suggest you look elsewhere. The truth is that most classcial musicians do not know how to write crossover music without sounding like background music. There are plenty of pop musicians who do a much better job of blending genres. I suggest that instead you get Muse's latest album Absolution. The lead singer Matthew Bellamy's voice is as supple and flexible as a coloratura soprano's and on top of that he is an excellent pianist. The band combines hard rock and metal with classical orchestrations and singing and still manage to sound incredibly infectious. Trust me, it's a better buy.
I have most of Bocelli's CDs and I listen to them daily. I feel transported back to sunny Amalfi and Capri, Pisa and Viareggio, the Tuscan hill towns of Montepulciano and Cortona, Bologna and mysterious Lucca. Just hearing songs sung in Italian is a joy for me.
Andrea Bocelli brings so much joy and life to his songs. The songs on this CD aren't meant to be "operatic" (and don't get me wrong, I love opera), they're meant to express the quintessence of the Italian soul...and they do. But it's Bocelli who fills them with life and gives them heart. The songs are truly "his;" no one could sing them like he does. His voice may be lacking in some classical respects, but it more than makes up for those lacks with genuine love and emotion for his material and the land of his birth.
I don't see how anyone who loves Italy could fail to love this CD. It captures the essence of Italy more than any other CD I've ever listened to, including ROMANZA. SOGNO is definitely one of my alltime favorites.
But I am not a fan of the Italian pop that makes up most of this cd. It's not the melody or the lyrics (although how many songs can you have about love? It's sickening, really) but the fake 80s style drums. They are in nearly all the songs, and they really make the music sound cheap. Most of these songs, actually, are just Italian version of slow 80s pop.
With all this complaining, it may be hard to see why I gave this cd four stars. Well, as stated earlier, although his voice is not technically perfect, it is still quite enjoyable. And there are three songs on the cd that make it worth buying:
The Prayer - such a gorgeous song, beautiful duet with Celine Dion. This song has played on the radio.
O Mare E Tu - buy this cd for this song. Dulce Pontes is wonderful, and the song is so different and interesting!
Songo - no fake drums on this song. it's nice, but his pitch on the high parts is not that great. The melody reminds me of the theme from Twin Peaks. It's what you could call "singable."
It's for these three songs that I gave this cd four stars and it's also for these three songs that I recommend it.Read more ›