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Album Review

On 2002's L'Eccezione, Carmen Consoli showed herself to be a mature, insightful writer capable of creating both soft, pensive songs and louder, more aggressive ones while always retaining the blend of introspection and impertinence that she's displayed since her 1996 debut. Here, on Eva Contro Eva, the contemplation remains, but this time her guitars are solely acoustic and her thoughts are directed outward towards contemporary society. In fact, it seems as if Consoli feels she has a personal obligation to expose the hypocrisies that exist, something that, while perhaps noble and even correct, can come across a bit heavy-handed and sermonizing at times — ironic considering her near-disdain for organized religion (particularly evidenced in "Maria Catena"). Still, she makes her points clear, and is rather eloquent about doing so, each song is a well-laid-out scene, a detailed portrayal of life. Not that the singer spends the whole time criticizing — sadder, gentler pieces like "Il Sorriso di Atlantide" and "Sulle Rive di Morfeo" are as much a part of the album's framework as the more biting commentary of "Tutto Su Eva" or "Signor Tentenna" — but a good deal of Eva Contro Eva (which means "Eve Against Eve") is provocative and unabashedly disapproving, contrasting nicely with her voice, which can be almost fragile, floating delicately among the various strings and woodwinds, but always sure of itself and its purpose. Musically, Consoli pulls away from the American rock that dominated her earlier work, and to a lesser extent, L'Eccezione, focusing more on organic, acoustic instruments, including traditional Sicilian ones, which give the album an older, earthy sound despite its very modern lyrical and chordal sensibilities. There's a lightness to it, much is part thanks to Consoli's strong sense of melody, which keeps everything grounded and enjoyable, and though there's nothing on Eva Contro Eva that's as immediately catchy as "Mulini a Vento" or "Moderato in Re Minore," the soft poppiness makes for songs that, nurtured by the same Sicilian dirt and sun and stone as the singer herself, grow over time into something silently powerful and complete.

Customer Reviews

Finally a great Italian artist is available on iTunes USA!

This is the latest CD from Ms. Consoli, she has about 7 or 9 out. This CD continues her migration from a rock/pop sound to a more nuanced, jazz/folk-world music. Melodically this is both lush and vibrant, but don't let that fool you -- get the lyrics (translations are available) and you'll find the same passion, anger, and resonance characteristic of all her work. As a singer her voice has great range and power. She is also a fantastic guitarist -- I've seen her play without a pick, too -- strong, confident, with emotion to match both her singing and composing. The work on this CD will stick in your head and you'll hear more with every repeat play. iTunes store management: bring in the whole catalog!

Bedda e Brava!

I had a chance to see this artist live in New York City last week, and she was amazing! Her music is very captivating, and this album in particular is different from her preceding ones, more acoustic, mellow, and for who can understand the lyrics, very deep. The aggressive anger of "Mediamente isterica" doesn't belong to this album. No screams, no fury. On the contrary she gives voice to her inner feelings. Once again, Brava Carmen!

Way to go Carmen!

Without any doubts this is the most refined and sparkling work of this Sicilian artist (I do not recall a bad one, but this one blow them all away). There is an evident and unprecedented folk trend, her voice is simply amazing and more mature. From track 1 to 10, the entire album is a pleasure. Kudos to her musicians too. I had a chance of watching some of the related videos and they are up to the music, very nice, very well done. Way to go Carmen, keep up the good work. Simone Vitale


Born: September 4, 1974 in Catania, Italy

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Born September 4, 1979, in Catania, Italy, Carmen Consoli started playing the electric guitar at age nine, and by 14 she had formed her own group, Moon Dog's Party, a cover band that played songs by Otis Redding, Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin, all of which emphasized and highlighted Consoli's strong and particular voice. Francesco Virlinzi, owner and producer of Cyclope Studios, saw the young singer performing and was immediately struck by her talent, and encouraged her to develop...
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