I almost groan whenever Patton releases a record. I know I'm either going to love it or hate it, and I have this feeling that I don't want to find out. I put buying this off for months - an Italian pop record with a 40-piece orchestra? Why can't he just play safe and knock out a Faith No More album?! Anyway, I revisited The Director's Cut by Fantomas one night (well worth it, by the way) and bit the bullet. I'm glad I did!
As someone else said earlier, it's the most interesting album of the year. He sings in Italian, which actually works to the album's advantage, as I just hear Patton's superb vocal, his range, his phrasing, without being distracted by the words - a strange thing to say I know, but true. The musicianship is superb and the production is lush, full of depth. There's also an authenticity to the album, you can feel the affection that Patton has for the style, and this shines through in his delivery. And the songs are just fantastic; you can hear the influence this type of music has had on some of his other work, most noticeably on California by Mr Bungle.
Ah, it's brilliant. It's been on three times tonight, it's irresistable.