Chocobeck, the latest album from Italy's rock icon, Zucchero "Sugar" Fornaciari is coming the the US and Canada! If you are not familiar with Zucchero (I wasn't prior to this), below is a very good description of Zucchero and his latest album and first US release (taken from the press release I received). They have also put together a "Zucchero Who?" video to help us discover a little bit more of who he is and what is music is like, the video features interviews from Bono, Sting, and other well-known collaborators like Randy Jackson.
Zucchero ("Sugar") is Italy's most beloved rock star and one of the top Italian artists worldwide, having sold 40 million records over three decades. As a singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist, Zucchero has collaborated with the royalty of international rock, blues, R&B, jazz and classical music – from Bono, Sting and Eric Clapton to Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Solomon Burke to Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. On October 4, Decca Records will release the North American edition of Zucchero's Chocabeck, a new album co-produced with Don Was (the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) and Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) that includes English lyrics by Bono, Iggy Pop and Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears.
Zucchero teamed with Bono for the track "Someone Else's Tears," a delicate acoustic song that captures the rhythm of life in the Italian countryside. "I've been a friend of Bono's for a long time," Zucchero says. "He wrote the lyrics for my song `Blue' and also for `Miserere,' the song I performed with Pavarotti. Bono doesn't speak Italian at all, but he heard this song and then came out with these beautiful lyrics that exactly matched my idea of what it was about – life in the country, making wine, enjoying the simple things. It's true what they say – the music already has the lyric inside it."
In addition Beach Boys idol Brian Wilson adds distinctive harmonies to the song "Spirit Together," which features lyrics by Iggy Pop, who also adapted English lyrics to Zucchero's Italian-language song "Alla Fine," now titled "Too Late."
In the video clip, Sting describes correlates him as the Italian version of Bruce Springsteen in the iconic sense. To me, he sounded surprisingly like him also. I love Bruce Springsteen's music and I really enjoyed Zuccero's Chocobeck album. His voice is softly, raspy in a comforting sort of way, and has the amazing ability to portray the feeling of the song perfectly. I highly recommend checking this album out, I think you will enjoy it.
I also took a peek at schedule for his US tour and he will be close to the central Illinois area on Thursday, 10/20 in Edwardsville, IL at SIUE and on Saturday 10/22 in Chicago, IL at Park West for two concerts that just might be worth checking out.
Thank you to Total Assault for my sample used in this review, opinions are honest. Review by Michelle.
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