Andrea Bocelli – Cieli di Toscana (2001)

Classical, Vocal
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps / Sugar, 300 368-2 | 156 Mb | Scans(png) 493 Mb

01. Melodramma
02. Mille lune mille onde
03. Someone Like You
04. Chiara
05. Mascagni
06. Resta qui
07. Il mistero dell’amore
08. Se la gente usasse il cuore
09. Si voltò
10. L’abitudine – featuring Helena Hellwig
11. L’incontro
12. E mi manchi tu
13. Il diavolo e l’angelo
14. L’ultimo re
15. L’incontro – featuring Bono

In Cieli di Toscana, tenor Andrea Bocelli pays tribute to his Tuscan heritage through performances of a number of romantic Italian-language songs, old and new, that relate to the Northern Italian region associated with high quality olive oil and unspoiled, pristine coastline. As such, Cieli di Toscana serves as a sort of Tuscan counterpart to Bocelli’s album of Neapolitan standards, Sentimento. While powerhouse producer Caterina Caselli Sugar’s arrangements are dated — they smack of the Europop sound of the 1980s — Bocelli’s voice has such a warm and loveable personality that it is impossible for him to rub the listener the wrong way. In these relatively simple songs, Bocelli draws on his operatic skills as a singer only very sparingly, applying vibrato to notes when he is in need of more power or a more secure sense of pitch. Most of Cieli di Toscana is done in a pure, «pop» voice that’s as clear and unpretentious as the olive oil produced by the region of which he is singing, and it is a joy to hear.

Cieli di Toscana (in English, Skies of Tuscany) was a sales blockbuster in the EU upon its release in 2001, moving millions of units in only a few weeks and occupying the top spot on charts worldwide. The album is not a natural fit for American audiences, but it got a boost nonetheless in the United States through the appearance of the song «Mille Lune Mille Onde» in the background of a television commercial. While the opulent booklet provides complete texts and English translations, it would’ve been nice to have a little background on the music itself — not present here. Of the popular albums that Bocelli has recorded, this one is probably the best so far, and certainly the one that is most accessible to American listeners.

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