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Schmaltzy sounds to bring back memories
on 4 August 2013
I first heard Eros Ramazzotti aeons ago when out on a date at a fairly decent
Italian restaurant in Cape Town. I guess it set an ambience that wasn't easily
forgotten. The melodies were without exception, memorable. Well they had to be,
since I don't speak Italian. So it was, the right time and place to lure me into
a sentimental mood.
After buying a few of his CDs, I subsequently had the misfortune of seeing a DVD
of a concert of Eros. Eros? This name is an embarrassing give away. He sang with
his eyes closed (as bad as playing air guitar while dancing) and looked in pain
as he expressed his misery for lost loves. It was one of those moments when you
realise that you are the only one who must be buying and listening to this music.
Out of self-consciousness, I happily gave away all the Eros CDs that I had.
This CD is a selection of his better known tracks. Now years on, I may regret this
review more than the purchase, I bought this CD because I admit that sometimes
I can do with a little Italian schmaltz, reminding me of a bygone era. This CD ages me
I know, but for those amongst us that enjoy some sentimentality from time to time, this
CD is not the worst you could listen to. Having it sung in a foreign language helps.