Laura Pausini's third and most impressive live album to date, Laura Live World Tour 09 (titled Laura Live Gira Mundial 09 in Spanish-language markets), is a CD/DVD package comprised of highlights from her 2009 world tour along with a couple studio recordings and more. The CD component of the album includes 15 live performances from the tour, over half of which come from her last few albums: Primavera in Anticipo (2008), Io Canto (2006), and Resta in Ascolto (2004). In addition to most of the hits from those recent albums, she performs a good balance of material from her back catalog that should delight longtime fans: "E Ritorno da Te" from The Best of Laura Pausini: E Ritorno da Te (2001), "Tra Te e il Mare" from Tra Te e il Mare (2000), "Un'Emergenza d'Amore" from La Mia Risposta (1998), "Las Coses Que Vives" from Las Cosas Que Vives (1996), and "La Solitudine" from Laura Pausini (1993). There's also a cover of "E Poi," Italian pop singer Giorgia's 1994 breakout hit. Moreover, there are three new songs sequenced at the end of the CD. The first two, "Con la Musica Alla Radio" and "Non Sono Lei," are studio recordings, the former of which was released as the album's lead single, and the third of the new songs, "Non Sono Lei," was recorded live at soundcheck in São Paolo, Brazil. As if this weren't enough, the DVD features all of these performances and many others, including three medleys, a few promotional videos, and behind-the-scenes footage. Of Pausini's three live albums to date, Laura Live World Tour 09 is the far and away best release. The balance of new and old material is perfect, and the performances are among the strongest of her tour, cherry-picked from shows in 20 different cities. Furthermore, her voice has never been more powerful and even her band packs a punch. The addition of the DVD also makes this an economical package, offering hours of Pausini for fans to enjoy. Those fans who just can't get enough should note that the Spanish-language edition features entirely different material.
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2
Medley Soft: Il Tuo Nome In Maiuscolo/Nel Modo Più Sincero Che C'è/Surrender/Due Innamorati Come Noi/Prima Che Esci/In Assenza Di Te/Incancellabile