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Album Review

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/rock 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/rock 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.

Customer Reviews

super great

i like eros is one of my favorite singer i meegt him and he is a nice person

good cd eros

eros you the best i love you music you #1, me encanta contra el viento es mi cansion favorita del disco,oye eros te amo me hace la vida mas feliz y fasil, eres grande eros, dios te vendiga por siempre

Back to his roots

For some reason that cd sounds like the old ones, nice stories, calm music.....good. A CD for long time. Congrats. Like the old times.


Born: October 28, 1963 in Rome, Italy

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An international superstar whose appeal spans not only Western Europe but also Latin America, Eros Ramazzotti is an Italian singer/songwriter with a distinctive voice and a wide-ranging pop/rock style that encompasses everything from adult contemporary to classical crossover. He initially established himself as a chart-topping twentysomething pop star in the mid-'80s before growing ever more sophisticated as a singer/songwriter over time, remaining remarkably successful from both a critical and commercial...
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Alas y Raices, Eros Ramazzotti
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Latin Pop, Music, Latino
  • Released: May 19, 2009

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