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MONDO CANE

Mike Patton

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.72 | 36 ratings

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Rune2000
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3 stars Just like John Zorn who defies placement under any genre or label, Mike Patton has now followed his mentor's steps and once again broadened the possibilities of his musical talents.

Mondo Cane is an album filled with renditions of cinematic Italian pop songs from the '50s and '60s all sung in their native language by Mr.Patton. Backed by an orchestra and recorded during two live shows, among them one in Italy, this album shows everything you might or might not care to know about Mike Patton's vocal and linguistic abilities. This material shows off just how unique of a personality that he possesses and if you could handle Patton singing tenor-style vocals on an opera-sounding Il Cupo Dolore off A Perfect Place or any of his previous solo albums then I'm sure that you'll enjoy bits and pieces of this release.

Granted that this material is void of anything resembling prog or avant-garde, Mondo Cane is not for everyone but there's just enough charm to this material for a lovely easy listening session. I can definitely recommend playing it while having a few guests over just to hear them ask what music this is. Then you can go about and tell them everything you know about Patton, but make sure not to go overboard by completely alienating them in the process. The album features a total of 11 tracks where each displays something new about Mike Patton may it be his great pronunciation on the quirky Che Notte! or passionate and sweet delivery on Ti Offro Da Bere, this release displays it all!

Even though I seem to be enthusiastic about Mondo Cane, which I am, there is no real point in recommending it to anyone but the fans and even some of them might scratch their heads when experiencing this album for the first time. Still one can't blame Mike for any lack of ideas and that's why I award the album a shaky good, but non-essential rating for showing how an artist can go about when broadening their scope of abilities.

**** star songs: Il Cielo In Una Stanza (3:56) Ore D'Amore (2:53) Deep Down (3:22) Quello Che Conta (4:04) Ti Offro Da Bere (2:28) Senza Fine (4:38)

*** star songs: Che Notte! (3:18) Urlo Negro (2:49) Scalinatella (3:15) L'Uomo Che Non Sapeva Amare (3:17) 20 KM Al Giorno (2:56)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |

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