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Safari
     

Safari

by Jovanotti
 

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In the fairly conservative context of the Italian music industry, there was a time when Jovanotti was perennially considered a new kid on the block. Such is certainly no longer the case, and the release of Safari, his 11th studio album in a 20-year career, only confirms Jovanotti's firmly consolidated place in mainstream Italian pop

Overview

In the fairly conservative context of the Italian music industry, there was a time when Jovanotti was perennially considered a new kid on the block. Such is certainly no longer the case, and the release of Safari, his 11th studio album in a 20-year career, only confirms Jovanotti's firmly consolidated place in mainstream Italian pop music. Traces of his early rapper identity still remain in his vocal delivery, although he is also singing much more than before. The music, however, rarely depends on hip-hop beats anymore. Over the past decade or so, Jovanotti's music has progressively taken two different directions: either drawing its inspiration from world music beats from Africa or Latin America (Safari's guests include Sergio Mendes and Sly & Robbie) or simply getting closer to standard pop
ock songwriting. Perhaps the most surprising element of Safari is the length of time one has to wait to listen to a trademark Jovanotti pop-rap song. The first three tracks, for instance, are the acoustic guitar-driven ballad and hit single "Fango" (with guest Ben Harper), the straightforward rock number "Mezzogiorno," and, most unexpected of all, an absolutely straightforward romantic piano ballad, "A Te." Considering Jovanotti's rebel persona and his modern reinvention as an itinerant world peace fighter à la Manu Chao, it is hard to associate him with a song that sounds like an adult contemporary staple. Yet what is most astonishing about "A Te" is not its alarming resemblance to MOR, but the fact that it is far and away the best song in the album, the newest entry in Jovanotti's classic love song catalog. The rest of Safari is not bad, either, but it seldom matches the intensity of the first three or four tracks. Jovanotti albums used to have quite distinctive highs and lows: absolute classics, good songs, and a few duds. His latter-day production is more uniformly consistent and much more carefully arranged (the "professional" adjective also comes to mind), but it consists mostly of songs of the middle category. If unspectacular, this newfound consistency certainly has not hurt Jovanotti's popularity. On the contrary, as with his previous three records, Safari went straight to number one in the Italian charts. Safari was simultaneously released in four different formats: as a 12-track CD; a limited-edition CD with three bonus tracks, and a DVD; a 14-track digital download, and a USB pen drive.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2008
Label:
Mercury Italy
UPC:
0602517577527
catalogNumber:
1757752
Rank:
181263

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jovanotti   Primary Artist
Sergio Mendes   Piano,fender rhodes
John Beasley   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Frank Marocco   Fisarmonica
Piero Odorici   Saxophone
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Paul Jackson   Electric Guitar
Hussain Jiffry   Bass
Michael Landau   Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Kleber Jorge   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Shapiro   Drums
Meia Noite   Percussion
Marco Tamburini   Trumpet
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Michele Canova   Keyboards
Mylious Johnson   Drums
Giuliano Sangiorgi   Vocals
Franco Santarnecchi   tastiere
Roberto Rossi   Trombone

Technical Credits

Sergio Mendes   Arranger,Producer
Sly & Robbie   Contributor
Jovanotti   Composer
Ben Harper   Contributor
Mike Tacci   Engineer
Celso Valli   Director,Script
Marco Borsatti   Engineer
Marco Tamburini   Director,Writer,Wind Arrangements
Sergio Pappalettera   Artwork
Michele Canova   Producer
Michele Canova Iorfida   Engineer

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