Various Artists

Balla Italia

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Italian pop is not that different from American pop, and Balla Italia is proof positive of that. They definitely don't take themselves as serious as American pop artists, thus much of the music on this CD is like listening to a Top 40 countdown where everyone is drunk and singing in Italian. That is no insult -- these singers just seem to be having more fun than, say, Boyz II Men. There are cultural musical differences that do stick out, like the use of tinny sounding keyboards and the Latin flavor many of the songs take on. But despite these obvious differences, artists like Gianni Drudi would do just fine writing songs in America. Many of the ballads here sound like lounge music, which is the only significant deviation from that hinders the music. But overall, this is a good look into the Italian pop scene in the '90s that just happens to be equal parts dull and fascinating.

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