Special Edition

Special Edition

by Negramaro

CD(Italian Import)

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After becoming one of Italy's leading rock bands with 2007's Le Finestra, capped with a concert at the San Siro stadium, Negramaro took almost three years to complete its successor, Casa 69. Named after the communal house where all the bandmembers live together, this is definitely an album bristling with ambition and self-confidence. With producer Dave Bottrill (who has worked with the equally cathartic Muse and Placebo) at the helm, everything is bigger and more extreme, as both the music and singer Giuliano Sangiorgi seem to exist in a state of perpetual paroxysm. Negramaro's quest for epic greatness, however, has a notorious downside: it simultaneously leads them into excess. Right from the start, this album hits like a sonic tornado of hard rock, electronica, and orchestra, with Sangiorgi's voice deliberately becoming a desperate whine, dealing almost obsessively with the existential anguish of being unable to transcend the individual, to connect with other people, to escape solitude and isolation. Heavy stuff, and when it runs over 18 tracks (including the two bonus tracks), Negramaro's relentless musical and lyrical intensity may get tiresome. Precisely for this reason, after every couple of tracks a strategically placed ballad springs like an oasis -- and these end up becoming the album's true standout moments, such as the mournful "Quel Matto Sono Io" and the rare glimmer of (some) hope offered by the duet with Elisa in "Basta Così." A multiple-platinum seller in Italy, Casa 69 spawned the singles "Sing-Hiozzo," "Io Non Lascio Trascia" (dedicated to maverick playwright/actor Carmelo Bene), and the aforementioned "Basta Così." [The Special Edition adds two bonus tracks, a 54-page booklet, a CD with the soundtrack for Michele Placido's film Vallanzasca -- Gli Angeli del Male, and a DVD with backstage material, as well as the video clip for "Sing-Hiozzo" in 2-D and 3-D, complete with 3-D glasses.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 8033120982583
catalogNumber: 932419

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Negramaro   Primary Artist
John Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Steve McDade   Trumpet
Terry Promane   Trombone
Solis String Quartet   Strings
Giuliano Sangiorgi   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Emanuele Spedicato   Guitar,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Ermanno Carlà   Bass,Group Member
Danilo Tasco   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Andrea Mariano   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Andrea De Rocco   Accordion,Group Member
James MacDonald   French Horn
Bardhyl Gjevori   French Horn
Edodea Ensamble   Strings

Technical Credits

David Bottrill   Producer
Mauro Pagani   String Arrangements
Negramaro   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Giuliano Sangiorgi   Composer,Lyricist
Ermanno Carlà   Art Direction,Concept,Sculpture
Andrea Mariano   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Kevin Deitz   Engineer
Sandro Amek Ferrari   Engineer
Wayne Cochrane   Engineer
Peter Cardinelli   Horn Arrangements
Patrick Benti   Guitar Techician
Brian Momcarz   Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering
Irene Pagliara   Graphic Design,Layout
Mike Speer   Drum Technician

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