Mina

Love Collection - Una Lunga Storia d'Amore

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Mina was once one of the finest pop singers to emerge from the '50s and '60s' cultural boom in Italy. Her gorgeous voice was matched to some of the catchiest pop music of the 20th century, and she was celebrated throughout Europe as an amazing singer. This is the precise reason why Love Collection is one of the most disappointing albums imaginable from a musician of her stature. The bland, faceless tracks she has to sing have little or none of the spark and energy that made her earlier material so great. Instead, she has nothing but keyboards, drum machines, and shoddy songs to work with. Credit Mina with trying -- her vocals are still a stunning highlight of an otherwise terrible album. Her performance occasionally overcomes a bad song, like on "E Tu Come Stai?," for example. But most of the time it's the same yawn-inducing keyboards, the same generic melodies, and the same beautiful voice trying to make something out of them. Compounding the pain is the instrumental disc accompanying this album, which redefines how boring music can be. This is a noble experiment, but sadly this is a very dull album from an artist who has performed much better music than this. This is not recommended for anyone, especially fans of her music; it simply does not come close to her previous achievements.

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