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Cosmopolitan Life

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: E1 Entertainment Dist ***
  • ASIN: 5558125004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Contrary to the very ignorant reviews below mine(I can say this because Im a guitar player and a shredder too). I do find this work BRILLIANT. Actually Im hooked on this CD. Im very happy that AL has been able to transcend many musical styles and he really proves himself on this CD.

Quite frankly at the begining I was shocked because I was like "Yess AL sold out" But...I tell you what. I don't want to hear RACE WITH THE DEVIL ON A SPANISH HIGHWAY for the rest of my life, the way that Yngwie Malmsteen has been stuck with the same lame cds playing Neo Classical because he didn't grow as a musician. Al Di Meola has covered a lot of ground and the songs here are very very well crafted with catchy melodies. I mean this is truly a perfect POP record which is something you can't say today. Well produced, written, sang and most of all, with Al stamp on it. I do look forward one day for a second CD. Ill give it 10 stars than 5 stars! check their site [...]
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Of course music is a matter of taste, just like wine. I have witnessed Al in all of his various combinations and permutations. I have met him, seen him play live several times, and own literally everything he has ever recorded from Return to Forever to his latest work on Pizzaola. He is truly the singularly most amazing guitarist to ever play in any genre. I am also a huge fan of Russian music, and have met Agutin and heard him perform. I discussed this disc with Al a few months ago, and he was enthused at how it came out. He plans future work with Leonid and his band. This is truly a great collaboration. Whatever he does he does with great intelligence and enthusiasm and this performance is no exception. It will not appeal to fans who are only interested in certain of his genres to the exclusion of others. I, on the other hand, literally enjoy great music of every kind, style, and genre. Al is the best and he added immeasurably to this project. His wonderful riffs and accompaniments are exquisite as usual. Agutin's band, although Russian, has always had a main concentration in Latin rhythms, and so they are featured, because they are natural to his ensemble. The flavor of it all is wonderful and inspiring.
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By piano on November 8, 2005
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I am sure this album will raise brows in both camps of fans. It requires some thinking outside the box. For some of us, this box is narrow. I remember vividly one guy who claimed "Another brick in the wall" was a good disco dance. He was into Beethoven, mostly, and the rest of music was a big blob of goo without much shape. So, if "The rite of strings" is your Bible, you might be reluctant to make steps toward "Hey hop la la lei". And it's a terrible shame if you won't. Personally, I loved the album. Al's solo in "If I'll get a chance" stands high in my world, just for the penetrating soul of it, something so free and emotional that it hurts... like only true inspiration can. I've been missing that in Al's works lately. I admit he is not necessarily comfortable with the role of brasuca (have you seen the German video of their live appearance?), because Al is a brilliant surgeon general, *not* Santana. However, his reserved demeanor was the right recipe for me, I liked his intelligent precision in the middle of fiesta... Yin and Yang, temple and bazaar, the architectural beauty and a secret Russian soul. There is so much life in this combination. Cosmopolitan life, that is, where calls for purity of gender are not welcome, and badmouthing by the hardcore fan[atic]s is only regretful and pitiful. Walk away if you can't accept the form; just like Glazunov walked out of his student's performance... and missed the rising star of Sergei Prokofiev. Here's Leonid now, and he is darn good.
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It looks as though most of the reviewers here are knowledgeable about Al di Meola. I had never heard of him [*ducks*] -- I found this album because I am a fan of Leonid Agutin. I enjoyed this album very much.

Agutin is an extremely successful mainstream Russian singer-songwriter. His music is mostly pop, with a lot of Latin influence in the instrumentation and rhythms, particularly on his albums in the 1990s, "Bosonogij Mal'chik" and "Dekameron". Thus, this collaboration with di Meola makes a lot of sense.

Even in Russian, Agutin sometimes varies from the standard Muscovite pronunciation while singing, adding a nasal sound that is a bit of a trademark of his. That tendency was exacerbated on this album by the simple fact that he sings English with an accent. I found the accent distracting (though that might simply be because I'm not used to hearing him sing with an accent). It was not until "If I'll Get A Chance" and "Blue River" that we get to hear him sing anything in his native tongue. The difference is striking.

Even so, his voice retains that mostly-silky-but-slightly-rough quality that made our knees weak in songs like "Na Sirenevoj Lune" ("In the Lilac Moonlight"). A bonus for Russian pop fans is that Anzhelika Varum (Agutin's wife and a pop star in her own right) is clearly audible singing on "If I'll Get a Chance".

Favorite tracks as an Agutin fan: "Portofino" and "If I'll Get a Chance".

Oh, and Al di Meola is really good too. :-)
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