ALBUM TITLE                        :        CINEMA

ARTIST                                   :        ANDREA BOCELLI

GENRE                                    :        TRADITIONAL POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

Andrea Bocelli goes more pop by doing traditional or pop standards which were composed as movie theme songs or soundtrack.  This is expected like you expected a Christmas album from him.  One thing that you notice about cinema soundtrack compilation is that musical artists tend to have a biased on old movies.  Thus, in this compilation you have the usual fare of songs already performed thousand times by many artists.

This is the problem in this record.  Andrea could have opted to deal with contemporary cinema instead of focusing on theme songs from Dr. Zhivago, West End Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the like.  There is only a handful of movie themes here that were culled from contemporary cinema namely, music from The Postman, Life Is Beautiful, and Once Upon A Time in America.  This could probably lead one to conclude that Andrea Bocelli repertoire is quite limited or his knowledge of music is geared towards traditional pop or classics.

This is rather unfortunate considering the he could have been a medium to introduce real music to current listeners whose idea of music is limited to pop, hip hop, rap, EDM, and rock.  Despite these flaws, the album is an excellent gift this Christmas to your oldies, older bosses, and real music fans.  Another good thing in this record, Mr. Bocelli did not treated the album too classical in terms of musical treatment thus it won’t alienate pop music listeners.  In fact, this album could be played side by side with those of Josh Groban and Michael Buble not with the Three Tenors.

This album deserves a 3.5 stars rating out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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