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Album Review

Seemingly a keen advocate for recycling, fans of Italian pop chanteuse Elisa Toffoli may find her constant stream of similar releases rather hard to differentiate. In addition to various international editions, compilations, and live albums, the 34-year-old has constantly revisited her back catalog through her studio efforts, most notably on 2010's Ivy, a collection of acoustic reworkings which scored her a seventh successive Top Ten entry in her homeland. Targeted at the U.S. market, Steppin' On Water is yet another hodge-podge collection of tracks which, rather frustratingly for die-hard fans, combines previously unreleased material with well-worn recordings. Five cuts appear from her last effort, including the jangly, early Cranberries-esque "Nostalgia," the brave, minimal cover version of Queens of the Stone Age's stoner rock anthem "I Never Came," and the slow-building theatrics of "Lullaby," while the angelic choral balladry of "Eppure Sentire" is treated to an English-language translation ("One Step Away"), as is the shimmering torch song "Gil Ostacoli Del Cuore" ("So Much of Me"). Elsewhere there are three new songs taken from the soundtrack to Roberto Faenza's Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, from the contemplative acoustic folk of "Love Is Requited" to the authentic 1930s jazz of "Apologize" to the languid lounge pop of "Just as One," while a stripped-back rendition of So You Think You Can Dance favorite "Dancing," performed live from Teatro Donizelli in 2011, rounds off the rather arbitrary proceedings. The utterly charming material on Steppin' On Water proves Elisa's reputation as one of Italy's finest vocalists is easily deserved, but the fact that most of it is readily available elsewhere means it's perhaps her least essential release. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

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Elisa conquers USA!!!

Siendo una estrella en su natal Italia, Elisa está a punto de marcar el 2012 con el lanzamiento de su nuevo álbum Steppin' On Water. Este marca su séptimo álbum de estudio, pero sólo el tercero que se publica en USA.

Steppin’ On Water es la continuación de su triple platino del 2009, Heart, que presentaba un impresionante dueto con Antony Hegarty de Antony and the Johnsons. (Un homenaje en solitario de la misma canción, "Forgiveness" se incluye en este disco). En 2008, Dancing, fue también un éxito en los primeros lugares de las listas de popularidad, el título del disco es de la canción con la cual Elisa alcanzó la rápida aceptación después de ser usada en el exitoso programa, “So You Think You Can Dance?,” que dió como resultado que el sencillo tuviera ventas superiores a 100.000 copias. El nuevo disco multi instrumental incluye 11 canciones, fue autoproducido e incluye dos nuevas canciones “Love Is Requited” y “Apologize”, de la reciente película "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You". Otros joyas musicales destacadas de este álbum "Nostalgia", la balada "So Much of Me", la belleza inquietante de "Lullaby", su interpretación sorprendentemente tierna de la canción "I Never Came" de Queens of the Stone Age, y una versión en vivo de su ya mencionado exitoso sencillo, "Dancing".

"Steppin' on Water" exceeds all expectations

Elisa’s newest album, “Steppin on Water” shows not only the extreme talent Elisa has as a musician, artist and songwriter but also as a storyteller. Trough each song, she shares her heart with each listener as they enjoy listening to the music and lyrics put together from her heart, for her fans.

These songs share lessons, feelings, hopes and dreams while allowing her many followers that have taken this journey with her through the years to fall in love with her all over again. Those hearing her for the first time will hear her enchanting and timeless voice, surrounded by music which has a variety of influences represented as well as Elisa’s own special touches. Elisa’s voice and music have always just swept me away.

Elisa’s past albums have always proven to be more than music and lyrics. They are interpretations of memories, thoughts and the world around us. “Steppin’ on Water” has exceeded all expectations of a new project of Elisa’s and has opened the door to new emotions, insight and not only a broad view of the world around us but a chance to look at ourselves as we go through each day and take part in our place of this world.

The song choices on this album make it a must have for any music collection for someone of any age which has been tested in my house.

My 12 year old daughter, Katia is a huge fan of Elisa’s music from the first time she heard her singing a few years back. She had a “connection” right away and enjoys both her English songs as well as quite a few of her Italian hits.

My favorite tracks on this album (it is hard to pick just a few) are “Love is Requited”, “Dancing”, “Forgiveness” and “Fresh Air”.

Katia’ favorites are, “Love is Requited” and she really enjoys the video made for this song as well. She also loves the song, “Dancing.”

Side note: It is believed that music can be very healing, therapeutic. I completely agree. I have seen this as we have always had music alive in our home, many types of music. Our youngest, Katia, has battled cancer since 2002. Music is uplifting and has many qualities for those going through treatments, have had traumatic experiences or need relaxation for many other reasons.

Italy's guardian angel

One of Elisa’s strongest assets is her versatility, which is on full display on this, her latest album. She has explored various genres throughout her career, but there’s a particular country/folk influence that proves the most surprising on “Steppin’ on Water”, as it is a very big departure from the type of sound she usually aims for. The result is simply wonderful! Tracks like the upbeat and kind of retro “Apologize”, and the melancholic “Just As One”, instantly earn a place amongst her best.

In the video for “Love is Requited”, another stand-out track, Elisa is described as being a sort of “guardian angel” watching over the young leading character. It’s a description that can easily be applied to the overall experience of hearing Elisa’s music, that feeling of guidance and company that goes beyond her magnetically beautiful voice and evocative lyrics and just trascends the normal listening experience, turning it into an incredibly sweet and tender experience. Songs like “Forgiveness”, “Fresh Air”, and the impressive, stripped-down cover of Queens of the Stone Age’s “I Never Came” are particularly good examples of this type of feeling.

The closing track is a live version of “Dancing”, the song that made her more widely known in America. It’s a perfect example of how she can reinterpret her own material and find new corners to make it shine. I really can’t recommend the album enough!


Born: December 19, 1977 in Trieste, Italy

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born in 1977 outside of Monfalcone, Italy, singer Elisa Toffoli's first steps into the music world came through the way of dance, but it was singing that captured her heart and brought out her natural talents. Elisa grew up with a love for music spending hours of her childhood singing along with recordings by a wide diversity of artists, such as Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli, Otis Redding, and Madonna. Later, still not even in her teens,...
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