Alas y Raices

Alas y Raices

by Eros Ramazzotti
     
 
On Alas y Raices, his first all-new album in four years and tenth album overall, Italian singer/songwriter Eros Ramazzotti once again worked closely with longtime collaborator Claudio Guidetti, who is credited as co-producer and with co-writing ten of the 11 songs. The result is in many ways a typical Ramazzotti album. The

Overview

On Alas y Raices, his first all-new album in four years and tenth album overall, Italian singer/songwriter Eros Ramazzotti once again worked closely with longtime collaborator Claudio Guidetti, who is credited as co-producer and with co-writing ten of the 11 songs. The result is in many ways a typical Ramazzotti album. The songs are both lyrical and vocal showcases for Ramazzotti, and though the music is secondary, it's nonetheless amazing -- a symphonic style of pop
ock whose string arrangements are the work of Paul Buckmaster, a master whose illustrious career spans several decades, going all the way back to early-'70s pop
ock classics by Elton John, Harry Nilsson, and Carly Simon. Moreover, Alas y Raices is a dynamic album that ranges from the album-opening kickstart of "Apuntes y Notas," to the tailor-made hit single "Dimelo a Mi," to the heart-touching ballad "El Horizonte," to the lilting piano pop of "Afectos Personales," to the soaring power ballad "Alas y Raices," to the surging symphonic rock of "Flor Incluidos," to the orchestral highlight "Nosotros Incluidos," to the edgy electro-rock of "No Podemos Cerrar los Ojos." While all of this is in many ways typical for a Ramazzotti album, his post-millennial output in particular, Alas y Raices is a better all-around effort than predecessors such as Calma Aparente (2005) and 9 (2003), which are at times rote and random. In contrast, Alas y Raices sounds inspired and focused, as if the four years since Calma Aparente helped refresh Ramazzotti's album-making creativity. It also might have helped that Ramazzotti used the time off to release E2 (2007), a double-disc greatest-hits compilation comprised partly of newly recorded versions of past hits -- collaborative versions that are relatively experimental in style, perhaps a reflection of his desire to break free of audience expectations. In any event, Alas y Raices is Ramazzotti's best overall album in years, and while it's not brimming with potential smash hits (the perfect lead single "Dimelo a Mi" being the exception), it's definitely filled with highlights and lacking the filler that sometimes found its way onto previous albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
Label:
Sony U.S. Latin
UPC:
0886975232420
catalogNumber:
752324

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eros Ramazzotti   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Soloist,Mandoline
Larry Goldings   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Paul Buckmaster   Didjeridu
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Tony Franklin   Bajo Sexto,Bajos
Jim Gilstrap   Coros
Phillip Ingram   Coros
Michael Landau   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Pino Pischetola   Mezcla
Alfie Silas   Coros
Mike Tacci   Mezcla
Paolo Costa   Bajo Sexto,Bajos
Claudio Guidetti   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Bajo Sexto,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Bajos
Abe Laboriel   Bateria
Davide Tagliapietra   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bajo Sexto,Bateria,Bajos
Michele Canova Iorfida   Mezcla
Christian Rigano   Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Sintetizador
Mike Landau   Guitar,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Eros Ramazzotti   Composer,Producer
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,Orchestra Director
Peter Cobbin   Engineering
Mike Tacci   Engineering
Bruce Weber   Image Design
Claudio Guidetti   Composer,Producer,Engineering
Flora Sala   Artwork
Saverio Principini   Executive Producer,Casting
Regine Thorre   grooming
Davide Tagliapietra   Programming
Jeff Martin Tautrim   Photo Assistance
Michele Canova Iorfida   Arranger,Producer,Rhythm Programming
Christian Rigano   Programming
Colette Barber   Studio Manager
Davide Rossi   String Arrangements
Bruno Bugiani   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Frank C. Stanley   Photo Assistance
S. Bertolotti   Composer
L. Chiaravalli   Composer
Jeannette Shaheen   Producer
Helaina Buzzeo   Producer
Boris McNertney   Producer
A. Cogliati   Composer
M. Fabrizio   Composer

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