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Alessandro Safina

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ALESSANDRO SAFINA

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An Italian tenor in the tradition of the enormously popular Andrea Bocelli, Alessandro Safina has long been admired and championed in the Netherlands, though he's made light of by his native country. Now, with his American major label debut, a self-titled collection, Safina soars into the popera limelight, his darkly sensual vocals powerful, assured, and flat-out sexy. Melodically affecting in a manner oddly parallel to that of the Eminem/Dido vocal juxtaposition on "Stan," Safina opens with "Only You (Luna)," wherein his masculine posturing is underscored and buffeted by an angelic female vocal refrain until the song fairly bursts like showers of fireworks in an open canvas of sky. Starting with the bar quite high, Safina's pipes nonetheless maintain the emotional posture of the record throughout, positing the singer as dream tenor of the year. --Paige La Grone

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Only You (Luna)
  2. La Sete Di Vivere (Thirst For Life)
  3. Aria e Memoria (Breath and Memory)
  4. Siena
  5. Il Mirto & La Rosa (Myrtle and Roses)
  6. 'Stu Bbene (Feeling Fine)
  7. Saro Con Te (I Will Be With You)
  8. Il Profumo del Cielo (Blue Heaven)
  9. Arrivederci America (Goodbye America)
  10. Insieme A Te (Together With You)
  11. Ehyeh (Instrumental)
  12. Diva Mea (Instrumental)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00005O54O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...a dark winter night goes so well with the warm, rich tones of Safina's voice and engaging rhythms of this cd. Although recommended to me by someone with a highly valued opinion, I was still blown away by how much I love this cd. It is all original material. Each song fresh and sculpted to perfection. The lyrics are poetry when read in my native English. Sung in Italian, there is nothing lost by not understanding this language, he sings with such emotion and feeling. It is a cd you can put on and listen to from start to finish. Nothing in here is 'filler.' It is all good. The two instrumental pieces are a nice change of pace for an album like this. My first introduction to "Italian pop" was through Andrea Bocelli. It is unfair to both singers to be comparing them. But mentioning their similar paths, (both sing opera and pop) is unavoidable. I have found Safina's approach to pop "original" despite the comparisons and similarities. And his voice is all his own. Rich, warm and genuine in his approach, Safina gives each song his all. I highly recommend this cd. There is also a PBS special to watch for that features these songs, conducted by the talented Maestro Mercurio. Safina is a new artist that is well worth a listen. Enjoy! Laurie in Alaska
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Finally! At long last we have been given a great tenor voice singing modern, upbeat and highly commercial music.

I have just about every Popera tenor CD out there, from all of Bocelli's releases to Watson, Frangoulis, Amante and even the Duetto disc of Alvarez & Licitra, but this one stands out above all, save Bocelli's Romanza perhaps.

The music is superbly produced, the orchestration absolutely marvelous and the voice outstanding.

Safinas' singing is that of a man in total control of his instrument and with the exception of his tendency to force his high notes, which makes him sound a bit constricted up top, his sound calls forth memories of some of the greatest dramatic tenors of days gone by. More than not his voice takes on the dark and powerful timbre of the late Maestro Franco Corelli and in softer moments he recalls memories of the young Carerras.

I totally agree with a previous reviwer that Safina should be a household name not unlike the much publizised Bocelli.

It is regrettable that, here in America, musical appreciation of the masses does not extend far beyond Hip-Hop, Country, Pop and various alternative forms of music. Even Blues and Jazz are becoming more and more "extinct" from the popular musical landscape.

Opera and/or Pop-Opera are almost alien to the average American listener.

The only gripe I have with this project is the inclusion of 2 instrumental tracks. Certainly Mr. Safinas repertoire is larger than 10 songs and his producers could have just as well included an aria or 2 rather than instumentals. If I buy a tenor CD I want a tenor on every track, not some undescript instrumental to help fill time.Thus the 4 star rating.

Other than that, this is a great CD - even Bocelli and Popera detractors will be hard pressed to deny that, if nothing else, Safina is a real Tenor and that's saying alot.
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I apologise for the length of this review, but I wanted to be as detailed as possible.

I love the operatic singing style voice, but I am not really an opera fan. I am however a HUGE fan of classical cross-over, or "popera" as it is becoming known. In fact, popera has fast become my favourite genre of music as of late. I like it because the singers sing beautifully, and the music has a more modern feel.

I own the albums of all the big popera acts including all of Andrea Bocelli albums from Romanza to Andrea, both of Josh Groban's studio albums, both of Mario Frangoulis' studio albums, and three Alessandro Safina albums. Because my car stereo plays mp3's, I took every song from these four artists and made one giant collection that spans 3 CD's worth of mp3's. I listen to them in the car, and all day at work. I can go days without hearing the same song. However, of all these artist, Alessandro is by far my favourite! I don't understand how it is cosmically possible that Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban have become as popular as they are, yet hardly anybody has heard of Alessandro Safina! let me tell you why I like his work best.

I find that in describing Alessandro, it is useful to compare him to his above mentioned contemporaries. In terms of sheer voice talent, In my opinion, Alessandro is the top of the list. Alessandro's voice is amazing! The only one of the above mentioned artists who can even come close would be Bocelli. Bocelli can take his voice to magnificent heights when he wants to, but for the most part he sings low and only really pushes the limit on occasion. Don't get me wrong, I think he has a beautiful voice, and I love his work, but Alessandro ALWAYS pushes the envelope and sings with such bravado, passion, power, and control, that you are left in awe.
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By A Customer on November 11, 2001
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A beautiful album. I love it. However, of his three albums listed on Amazon, nine tracks are on all three albums! If you bought all three of his albums you'd only have three additional tracks. I strenuously object to this kind of marketing.
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