Arianna

Arianna

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Just like her American and British counterparts, Arianna follows a trend that most minor pop stars seem to adhere to: on her eponymous album, she starts things off with her strongest song. "La Solita Storia" is a powerful pop song that may not be the most energizing track in the world, but features her strong voice over a bouncy collective of guitar and drums. After that, she presents her second-best song, an anthem of yearning that hinges on her delicate vocals. And then after that the whole thing falls into a sentimental mess. The ballads start pouring out, the up-tempo numbers become bland, and the whole album takes a nosedive into averageness. The album looks up for a minute when "Volo Via" arrives, but those hopes are soon dashed by the last two songs. That so many other pop artists before her have done the same thing doesn't seem to matter to Arianna, she just belts out the ballads and stays photogenic. But when the album takes such a drop in quality, it persuades listeners to give up on the album fairly early. It isn't that the music is terrible, but songs like "Dentro Me" are rather pale imitations of similar hits by Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. The fact that over half of the album is filled with ballads doesn't help anything; in fact, it hinders the album greatly. As hard as she might try, Arianna is a yawn-inducing album from an artist who seems like she has more in her than just this.

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