Andrea Bocelli

Sugar/Polydor, 1999

REVIEW BY: Tammy Childs


Andrea Bocelli is the epitome of romantic Italian music. Born in 1958 in the Tuscan countryside (lucky man), he says he "lives his life with calm vision, enjoying life's simple pleasures." He grew up among vineyards and olive groves; a natural backdrop for romance. His love of Italian opera was encouraged at an early age. He started playing piano at age six.

Born with glaucoma, he lost his remaining sight in a soccer accident at the age of 12. It is said that when one sense is lost, the others become extremely defined and sensitized. Does that count for the voice too? With Andrea it has indeed proven true; he has the voice of love. There is no way to more accurately describe his vocalizations. If the feeling of love could be put into a sound, it would be the voice of Bocelli.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Sogno is a modern pop album mixed with the music of traditional Italy. "Tremo E T'amo" expresses this with the thought "delle rose, del vino e di cose" -- "of roses, of wine, of life's other joys." This is a beautiful piece of music. And it expresses perfectly the Italian ideal of life -- to slow down, take time to experience life rather than just live it.

Bocelli's heart pours into each and every song and it is at its strongest on a duet with Celine Dion called "The Prayer." The single made a huge swoop across the US as a single, providing many listeners with their first exposure to this gentleman's work. The couple plead for divine protection. The combination of Dion and Bocelli is mesmerizing and it is an extraordinary cooperative effort.

"Un Canto" is performed without flaw, both orchestrally and vocally. Andrea is so strong that the music seems unworthy of his attention, but he modestly uses it to develop the romantic atmosphere of the song. "Un Canto" tells the story of two people blending into one and the love that is shared.

Bocelli is very humble about his talents. But nonetheless, he has gone platinum in Belgium, Germany, Holland, and Italy even before becoming popular in the United States. Anyone that takes honest time to listen to him can't help but be drawn into a world of comfort and warmth -- he woos you and he makes you feel good about love again. If you don't know how to tell a special lady how you feel about her, let Andrea Bocelli and Sogno do it for you.

Rating: A

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