Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lucio Battisti: Don Giovanni (Numero Uno, 1986)

The songs in "Don Giovanni" sound lopsided and aloof. They obey the synth-pop rule in a lunar, idiosincratic manner. They seem totally lifeless, artificial, made of plastic despite some sparse velvety warmth in the basslines, in the saxophone seductions and in the rainy, breathy synth tides. The melodies are quirky, meandery, undoubtably "pop" and refined but hardly catchy. The lyrics, well, the lyrics are a closed book: almost nonsensical, blatantly post-modern and sardonic, they're captivating nevertheless and - once you've partly got into them - even evocative. With its jaunty and polished synth-funky grooves and its obliterating lyrics framed into the melodies with a total disdain for the meter, "Don Giovanni" is one of the most abstract and undeciphrable works of Italian pop music.

Lucio Battisti was the most celebrated Italian pop artist of the 60s/70s. "Don Giovanni" is his first collaboration with lyricist Pasquale Panella, and a complete departure from his previous style, which had become more and more experimental but never appeared so tough and detached before.

  1. Le cose che pensano
  2. Fatti un pianto
  3. Il doppio del gioco
  4. Madre pennuta
  5. Equivoci amici
  6. Don Giovanni
  7. Che vita ha fatto
  8. Il diluvio
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Ellaguru said...

grazie per i uoki toki grande gruppo!!!

Anonymous said...

Battisti was as near a genius as I have heard from any country. His voice and what he could do with it was spectacular. Sadly he was little known outside of his native Italy. Stevie Wonder loved his voice and brought him to California many years ago where I met this giant of Italian music. Thank you for this wonderous album. To hear Il Diluvio (The Great Flood) again is worth it!