But the lyrics on Anima Latina appear, more than on any other Battisti album up to that point, in a supporting role. His hugely characterful but brittle, ragged-edged vocals are softened by reverb so that they mingle and almost melt into the brass, and he tends to stay in his upper register.
His intention was also for people to listen more attentively. Wayne - and production, that the magic happened. The spectre of symphonic soul, some of the finest music in existence for elevating our tawdry romantic crises, also looms large, especially in the horn lines and the Isaac Hayes-like ending.
Is it from a particular era specifically the early-to-mid 70s? Never Tell You - Various - Smoking Beats (CD) masterpiece by a major artist that was previously neglected in some way? But, as Nur Al Habash from Italia Music Export points out, many bought it simply bought it because it was by Battisti, maybe listened once or twice and then let it gather dust.
Other figures to openly celebrate its influence on their work include indie balladeer Andrea Laszlo De Simone Never Tell You - Various - Smoking Beats (CD) the wonderfully idiosyncratic, experimental songwriter Iosonouncane aka Jacopo Incani. So I heard this track and it kind Never Tell You - Various - Smoking Beats (CD) left me in Never Tell You - Various - Smoking Beats (CD), so from there I listened to the whole album.
And the beautiful thing is that he decides to tear up the song form and propose something that was utterly different from what he was famous for. Incani also has an idea about why Battisti never ventured further down the path opened up by Anima Latina. Share this article:. If you enjoy The Quietus, please consider supporting what we do with a one-off or regular donation. If you love our features, news and reviews, please support what we do with a one-off or regular donation.
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