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Alessandro Safina [Release 1]

  • 1. Only You
    2. Insieme a Te (Together With You) :: Together With You
    3. Arrivederci America
    4. Sete Di Vivere, La (Thirst for Life) :: Thirst For Life
    5. Il Mirto and La Rosa :: Myrtle And Roses
    6. 'Stu Bbene (Feeling Fine) :: Feeling Fine
    7. Aria E Memoria (Breath and Memory) :: Breath And Memory
    8. Siena
    9. Sar con Te (I Will Be With You) :: I Will Be With You
    10. Il Profumo del Cielo (Blue Heaven) :: Blue Heaven
    11. Ehyeh - (TRUE instrumental)
    12. Diva Mea - (TRUE instrumental)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 493117

  • Credits
    ProducerRomano Musumarra

    Personnel includes: Alessandro Safina (vocals); Romano Musamarra (conductor,
    piano, keyboards); Daniele Bonaviri (classical guitar); String Orchestra Of Rome (strings); Francesco Puglisi (upright bass); Santa Cecilia Academy,
    Basilica San Peitro Polifonic Choir (background vocals); Luca Leonori, Simone Rocchini (programming).
    Personnel: Orchestra Di Roma (strings); Romano Musumarra (piano, keyboards); Francesco Puglisi (double bass); Luca Leonori, Simone Rocchini (programming).
    Directors: Linda Williams; Romano Musumarra.
    Photographer: Lorenzo Agius.
    The charismatic opera singer relies on a sweeping collection of amazingly passionate tunes to bring out his emotional depth, which is convincing and exciting even if you must know Italian to understand (thankfully the liner notes feature translations!). Unlike a lot of genre performers who seem removed from the general audience, Safina tries to find a happy medium between that and pop. The opening track "Only You (Luna)" features a cool, methodical drum groove and sweeping orchestral atmospheres, plus a haunting female vocal echoing in English in certain spots. As the tune builds in intensity, the groove kicks up, creating a little R&B flavor. "Insieme A Te (Together With You)" is a gentle ballad featuring a slower groove but still a bit of a pop sheen. Most of the tunes follow this pattern, his powerful voice caressed by the dramatic David Foster-like production of Romano Musammara. All good since it makes him more palatable to pop fans who would probably just assume he's singing about love. The disc also features two bonus instrumental tracks, "Ehyeh" (which blends atmosphere with a loping flamenco guitar riff) and "Diva Mea," whose new agey piano musings are accompanied by the occasional vocal touches of the same voice which haunts the opening track. ~ Jonathan Widran

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