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Lucio Battisti


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2 stars Disappointment after Amore

Late in 1972 Lucio Battisti released this album, recorded in Milan, which would be the biggest selling album in Italy in 1973. I do not have the album between Amore and this one, so I am missing a piece of the puzzle. Yet, "Il Mio Canto Libero" was quite a large disappointment to me after falling hard for the amazing "Amore e non Amore." While it advanced noticeably in one aspect it fell off in another more important way. Sonically the new album was quite a step for Battisti, it has a fuller, smoother professionalism and Lucio sounds so much more confident on this album than any prior one. Vocally he has improved and every arrangement sounds more natural and self-assured. I've read the lyrics from Mogol were another advancement and quite amazing on this disc. So what's the problem? I guess my argument is quite subjective here. Amore was such a unique spin that seemed to move in a progressive direction and it wowed me with the instrumental portions especially (see that review for details). Here it seems like Lucio stepped back toward the traditional, not necessarily a bad thing, but the compositions fail to move me or excite me. It all seems a bit "adult easy listening" I'm afraid and I just cannot find the greatness which other reviewers seem to. Music doesn't always have to do bash me over the head with complexity or thrills, on the contrary, but here the songs are just a tad too reserved for my taste. It flows quite evenly from track to track with stately songs, more mature, gentler, with an increased amount of orchestration. The nervous energy and punch of the previous rock tracks are gone. The title track is the strongest here with a good melody and really tasteful drum work, but it's hardly a consolation by that point. The only thing I really love about this one is the fantastic cover art, just another in a series of cover shots full of wonder and inspiration. I can't get this album to even a modest three star recommendation personally, but I realize Battisti fans will disagree----this title is beloved by many people.

Finnforest | 2/5 |


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