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Innamorata

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Music is a battlefield, and Benatar is a survivor with enough integrity not to coast on past glories. Here she and inamorato Neil Geraldo cowrite 11 new tunes that escape the '80s by virtue of a more acoustic-based sound and the unexpected violin fills of Allison Cornell. "River of Love" is the anthemic rocker, "Purgatory" boasts a subtle Latin lilt, and her working girl fans will cheer along with "I Don't Want to Be Your Friend." --Jeff Bateman

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Music is a battlefield, and Benatar is a survivor with enough integrity not to coast on past glories. Here she and inamorato Neil Geraldo cowrite 11 new tunes that escape the '80s by virtue of a more acoustic-based sound and the unexpected violin fills of Allison Cornell. "River of Love" is the anthemic rocker, "Purgatory" boasts a subtle Latin lilt, and her working girl fans will cheer along with "I Don't Want to Be Your Friend." --Jeff Bateman


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CMC International Records
  • ASIN: B000001YA9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD is probably the finest work Pat and Neil have produced over their 20 year collaboration period. Mature and adult, these tunes still rock with the signature Benatar style. This time out, however, they have traded bombast for a more lyric and beautifully texturized instrument mix - violin and viola, cello, and Neil's 12 & 6 string, and acoustic guitar playing. Take a listen to Only You, Pergatory or At This Time, and you'll hear Pat's voice hasn't lost anything. Her voice is still clear, bright and strong like we all remember from her years in the spotlight in the 80's. You can also smile to yourself that you have the good taste enough to have chosen such a rare and unfortunately, underexposed CD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
"Only You" is the great rocking tune on this cd. A blend of jazzy guitar and Pat's strong voice make this a kickin' tune. In contrast, "Papa's Roses" is a beautiful ballad sung to perfection. Pat and Neil are going on 20 years in 1999, and they show maturity and growth on this cd.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Rogers on January 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Absolutely a beautiful sounding performance. "Down to the River" rocks as only Pat can. Lyrics though are depressing throughout...very well crafted but almost every song is angry, sad or bitter. Check out "Pappas Roses" another true tale of neglect from the author of "Hell is For Children." I loved it but might be to painfully introspective for some.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This last album by Neil and Pat prove that they still have what it takes to make a great album. It's a shame that Pat is not setting the world on fire like she did in the 80's-maybe its because her music has a more mature sound then back then. Some of the best songs on this album are "Only Love" and "River of Love" "Papa's Roses" prove that they can still write good songs. And the voice....better then ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Ettinger VINE VOICE on January 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Pat Benatar's 'Innamorata' was released about 12 years ago and is one of the better disks I have in my collection. Honest.

The title is Italian and translates into 'sweetheart' or 'soulmate', but I can't say that all of these songs would fit into that category. Pat can still sing angry when she has to.

I will say that it is some of Benatar's strongest work. Yeah, I like(d) the '80s stuff and it was fun and seemingly it helped define the decade for female artists, but it had a certain shelf-life - not that there aren't songs I still listen to.

But 'Innamorata' was her first disk not on a major label and she and husband/producer Neil Giraldo had more freedom to write and record what they wanted - and it works. The songs are strong, the production is too and Benatar's voice has never been stronger. I think independence agreed with them.

I'm a huge fan of the songs here, especially "In These Times", "Only You", "Strawberry Wine", "I Don't Want to be Your Friend" and "At this Time". Don't get me wrong, the rest of the stuff is fine too, but these listed are the ones that got space on the iPod. Since that device holds a finite number of songs, I had to pick and choose carefully.

Like many of my reviews, the album underperformed at radio and sales levels. I always seem to pick and root for the underdog, but I've never really been a fan of stuff that is too mainstream. One issue with being a known name on an independent label is that most people assume it is a last grasp effort and if the product were any good, a major would still have you signed. Phooey.

I would suggest you at least sample some of her 'Innamorata' work on iTunes, amazon or the like. You might be surprised.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neptunian Spirit on October 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'll start off by saying that if you are a fan of the eclectic Pat, Pat who did albums such as "Tropico", "Seven the Hard Way", & even "True Love", this record is for you.

Neil Giraldo (guitarist/husband/producer) & Pat both manage to draw together a focused record based in folk, latin, rock, & soul textures. "Innamorata" is a winner & finds Pat secure in her lyrics & voice.

Thematically, this is probably the most unified album Pat has done in quite sometime. Many of the songs deal with relationships, going through the phases of intense affection & then dissatisfaction. But, unlike the meandeing anger of "Innamorata's" follow-up 2003's "Go!", there is an world weary experience to the songs here. As if Pat put her own relationship struggles into these songs, which brings them across as genuine & passionate, rather than tired & done.

Soundwise, many of the songs are based within mid-tempo or ballad settings ("Papa's Roses"), or can pick up the pace & surprise a listener by rocking out ("Strawberry Wine", "River of Love"). Many of these mix in the folk & latin textures I spoke of very well, keeping them subtle, but close enough to the surface of the song to add flavor.

Vocally, Pat proves again why her monicker as just a "rock singer" pigeonholes her talent. This woman's voice is full of passion & conviction, sporting a control (over pitch) rarely seen.

Overall, a much more solid effort than 1993's "Gravity's Rainbow" & (as stated) 2003's misfire "Go!". Neil & Pat sound fresh here & manage to maintain why they have crafted such timeless music since 1979.

Highly recommended!
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