Sanremo 2018, la finalissima – Recensione Ignorante

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Sanremo 2018, la finalissima – Recensione Ignorante

Edizione 2018 di Sanremo conclusa ed è ora di tirare le somme, avranno vinto i più meritevoli? Qualcuno avrà regalato un dizionario a Facchinetti? Ornella Vanoni starà ancora vagando per i camerini convinta di stare nel suo reparto di geriatria? Scopriamolo insieme nel grande count-down, dal 20esimo al primo classificato, di questa edizione della Recensione Ignorante. Continua a leggere

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Muore Dolores O’Riordan

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Proprio oggi mi sono soffermato a pensare a David Bowie, alla sua vita e alla sua morte, incredibilmente teatrali entrambe. Ho pensato a lui che progettava di far uscire l’ultimo singolo negli stessi giorni in cui se ne stava andando. Quella canzone parlava a tutti noi, me compreso, che la saremmo andata a cercare su youtube appena appreso della sua morte.
Era appena due anni fa.

Torno a casa da lavoro alle 18 e qualche minuto e scopro che, più o meno mentre stavo riflettendo su Bowie, moriva Dolores O’Riordan, la cantante dei Cranberries.

Sono conscio del fatto che, dopo la famosa vignetta di Zerocalcare, è rischioso parlare di “quando muore uno famoso”, ma mentre sto qui ancora (come tutti) ignaro delle cause che ce l’hanno portata via a soli 46 anni, non posso fare a meno di pensare a quanto quella voce sia stata presente nella mia vita.

C’era nel 1996 quando, ad appena 9 anni, andai al trofeo Topolino di pallamano a Pesaro.
Ricordo una cover band che suonò Zombie in piazza. Ero pietrificato dal terrore. All’epoca non sapevo nemmeno cosa fosse la lingua inglese, ma ricordo vivamente la paura che quel semplicissimo Em, C, G, D riuscì ad incutermi. Potenza della musica!

Nel 1999 grazie alla sua Promises riuscì a trovare, finalmente, un minimo di congiuntura musicale con quello che sarebbe diventato il mio bassista e amico fraterno.

Anche anni dopo, nel 2001 circa, quando in prima liceo decisi di affrontare il Cassò, l’orribile chitarra classica che si aggirava in casa mia da anni, Dolores era lì. Quale fu la prima canzone che imparai? Zombie. Piccolo particolare: non sapevo che le chitarre andassero accordate. Quanta pazienza avranno avuto i miei amici nell’ascoltarmi mentre suonavo quella e Animal Instinct (stesso giro) per pomeriggi interi fingendomi una rockstar.

Poi sempre di quegli anni ricordo giornate intere ad ascoltare il loro best of ”Stars”, giornate in cui scoprivo che i Cranberries erano molto più che Zombie. C’erano Dreams, Ode To My Family, Salvation ma soprattutto la mia preferita: Linger.

E proprio con le parole di quella canzone la voglio salutare.
Dolores, do you have to let it linger?

Francesco Mandolini

Review Frank Turner @ Barfly, Camden Town, London 06/06/2011

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Frank Turner @ Barfly, London, 06/06/2011

Frank Turner @ Barfly, London, 06/06/2011

Something a journalist should never dare to admit publicly is his own ignorance, but during yesterday’s Frank Turner gig to mark the release of his fourth album England Keep My Bones my lack of knowledge of him, was actually an advantage when it came to the whole evening’s true appreciation.

Let’s immediately say that, while singing, Frank Turner shows one of the purest passions for live events you can find on a rock stage. He’s exhilarating during his speech (mostly based on personal stories) and enchanting when singing. Even from the last row is possible to see clearly the tension of his neck muscles while he screams and ragingly mistreats the six strings of his acoustic guitar.

To be honest it’s impossible to declare Continua a leggere

Wasting Light, Foo Fighters (Roswell/Columbia 2011)

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Aggressive.
That’s perhaps the first adjective that comes to the mind of anyone who listens to Foo Fighters seventh studio album, and I’m not saying that only for the first killer single Rope.
The band’s leader Dave Grohl made it clear during the recording sessions of the CD, mostly taken in his own garage. “This must be the heaviest thing ever put on a tape!”. Nirvana’s former drummer was probably too confident in saying the “heaviest ever recorded” but the album is certainly the heaviest ever done by his Fighters.
Even if throughout the years we have got used to their catchy nostalgic tunes like Walking After You or Next Year, it’s evident in this new work that ballads are lacking in favour of more head-banging tracks such as Bridge Burning and Miss The Misery. This time the 22 vibrating strings of the Seattle band are giving Grohl the opportunity to sing his first entire song in “growl”, a vocal technique widely used in the past by him but only for a few verses in each song.
The song in question, White Limo, is now being used in the album trailer video, where Motorhead’s Lemmy appears driving a white limo carrying the Foo Fighters inside, symbolising a return to the past. In fact the CD features Nirvana’s former bassist Kris Novoselic (in I Should Have Known) and was recorded by the band’s Nevermind producer Butch Vig. To complete the back-to-the-past picture there’s guitarist Pat Smear rejoining the band after 13 years.
Even if that album hasn’t the depth and intimacy achieved with 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace, Wasting Light represents without a doubt a winning bet for a man who, after a 20 year career and many great achievements, is still hungry for some Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Francesco Mandolini

REM release brand new album

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07/03/2011 was the release day of 15th REM’s cd Collapse Into Now (Warner music, 2011), an album that goes further in the same path designed by the 2008’s Accelerate.
A path that took the three-men band from Athens, Georgia to a more aggressive and angry sound than their previous works.

The length of the 12 tracks (all about 3 minutes) and their strength may give the impression of more superficial contents, but it’s all the other way around. The usual attention given to the lyrics by Michael Stipe & co. becomes clear listening to songs like the first hit single Überlin or Oh My Heart which is a literary follow up of Accelerate’s Houston, even if Mike Mills, the band’s bassist, stated that “it’s more a personal record than a political one”.

Through the years Stipe’s writing style became more and more elliptical but that didn’t stop REM’s raise to stardom. Observer’s Sean O’Hagan, in a recent interview with the band’s singer Michael Stipe, asked him about his looks-to-be simplicity in writing sophisticated songs appreciated by the masses. He answered saying “There’s some truth in that. I’ve learnt to have fun fucking around with the medium. And the pop song is such a great medium to fuck around with. But it took a while.”

The album also features, amongst others, the two precious participations of a couple of REM’s old friends as Pearl Jam’s front-man Eddie Vedder – backing vocals in All The Best – and Stipe’s personal friend and rock icon Patti Smith – Discoverer and Blue – who opens and closes the circle of this Collapse Into Now.

Francesco Mandolini