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I migliori album del 2018

I migliori album del 2018

La Top 5 dei migliori dischi del 2018 secondo skylyro.com

Mentre ormai ci siamo già ben inoltrati nel 2019 – che speriamo ci riservi ancora tante belle sorprese musicali – approfitto della musa ispiratrice per fare un bel bilancio della produzione musicale dell’anno passato, cercando di illustrarvi brevemente la mia Top 5 dei migliori album del 2018. Sicuramente me ne sono persi diversi di dischi anche nel 2018 e spero di far sempre in tempo a recuperare strada facendo, ammesso che ne valga la pena… ma penso che in ogni caso questi 5 album meritino davvero particolare attenzione! L’ordine dalla prima alla quinta posizione non è strettamente vincolante, ma certo Aspettanno ‘o tiempo dell’immenso James Senese è il lavoro che più mi ha colpito! Un altro così in Italia non ce l’abbiamo e secondo me se lo sognano anche oltreoceano…

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Brunori e gli altri: i 5 migliori album italiani del 2017

A pochi giorni dall’inizio dell’attesissimo Festival di Sanremo, voglio anch’io parlare di musica italiana, con una retrospettiva sul 2017, un anno decisamente molto prolifico da un punto di vista musicale per il Belpaese. Dal cantautorato, all’affermarsi di una scena cosiddetta “indie” sempre più matura anche per un pubblico al di fuori dei piccoli locali di tendenza, alle declinazioni italiane della musica parlata che ha permesso a artisti dal notevole spessore artistico di veicolare messaggi importanti a un pubblico di giovani e non davvero molto ampio, il 2017 ha visto un fermento musicale in Italia che a mio vedere ha quasi superato per interesse quello internazionale.

Ecco allora la mia personale classifica dei 5 migliori album italiani del 2017: Continue reading “Brunori e gli altri: i 5 migliori album italiani del 2017”

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Best Albums of 2017

1. Roger Waters – Is This the Life We Really Want?

Roger Waters’ Is This the Life We Really Want? to me not only is the Album of the Year, but an absolute masterpiece! It took Waters 25 years to finally publish a new album and the timing was absolutely right: in these particularly complicated times from a social, cultural and political point of view, where music makes no exception, Pink Floyd bassist has just produced some of the finest music in recent music history, only two years after former band colleague David Gilmour’s excellent Rattle That Lock. 

Yet, while the latter admittedly just collected songs on a record that simply have his voice and unique guitar playing as trait d’union, Roger Waters is a concept album of the finest kind. With this recent work, once again he displays an incredible sensibility and a much lacked humanity, which seems to be a rare commodity these days. Outstanding lyrics and songwriting, beautiful arrangements and clever sound effects, which are a well known feature for Waters’ and Pink Floyd fans, make this album a miracle that shines and stands out from everything else. Continue reading “Best Albums of 2017”

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Qual è il vinile perfetto?

Chi ha detto che il vinile perfetto debba necessariamente essere piano e di forma circolare? 

Appassionato di musica e di vinili da una vita, qualche tempo fa mi sono fatto prendere dalla passione di costruire e assemblare strumenti musicali, essenzialmente chitarre e bassi elettrici. Inizialmente, la cosa era partita soltanto per costruirmi un basso ed imparare finalmente a suonare questo fantastico strumento che da ragazzo avevo già imbracciato, ma con scarsi risultati.

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Best Rugby Mannequin Challenges

With the year 2016 finally being over, some of the Best Moments it has left are definitely the Mannequin Challenges from all over the world. And the Rugby Movement has produced some of the Best Mannequin Challenges, starring the All Blacks while sightseeing in the Eternal City of Rome and other major teams, as well as minor teams at their grounds, club houses etc., boys and girls alike… Well, to make it brief, here come 5 of the Best Rugby Mannequin Challenges out there: Continue reading “Best Rugby Mannequin Challenges”

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Top 5 Albums of 2016

Et voilà, time has come again for me to serve you my annual album review (click to see 2015)! Loads of new albums have been released this year: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who had an excellent come back – let’s say – with the Getaway; Dinosaur Jr.‘s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not is a great guitar rock album!; Green Day‘s Revolution Radio, which sounds like a classic rock album with punk chords; Weezer‘s self-titled White Album, which sounds like the Blue Album 25 years later, only losing all of its freshness; Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with a pretty self-explicatory album “Call It What It Is“, the usual Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals album; Blink-182 with California, one of those albums I have not listened to, but apparently it has been praised by many; Richard Ashcroft‘s These People, which sounds like Coldplay and sometimes feels like an unsuccessful imitation of Damon Albarn‘s Everyday Robots; Suede with Night Thoughts, no thoughts on this yet; Massive Attack with Ritual Spirit, a 4-track EP that hasn’t caught my attention; Conor Oberst‘s Ruminations, which in my humble opinion does not reach the hights his Bright Eyes project had reached somewhat about a decade ago; The 1975 with I like it when you sleep for… not bad: great, very impressive Peter Gabriel-style sound, though not my kind of cup; Van Morrison extended his already impressive repertoire with Keep Me Singing; Tricky released Skilled Mechanics; Theo Croker published Escape Velocity, an amazing Acid Jazz album; Metallica released Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, which is condensed rock and roll like only these guys and the late Lemmy could produce! Last AND least, the self-proclaimed best band in the world, the Kings of Leon, have released WALLS: except from Waste a Moment, which is a classic KoL song, like we have been used to appreciate on their previous works, not to speak of the Around the World single, which sounds like Cindy Lauper meeting Coldplay at a Puff Daddy pool party, the album itself is not going to integrate my collection. Continue reading “Top 5 Albums of 2016”

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skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2015

Still looking for the right gift for your friends and loved ones? Here’s some good idea to put under the Christmas tree…

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Top 5 BBC 6 Nations Rugby Commercials

It is commonly known that rugby commercials have proven to be some of the most brilliant and hilarious ones around, and you might have had the chance to view some of my previous posts about rugby spots… For sure, BBC Sports has shown to be very imaginative on the matter, especially when it comes to promote the 6 Nations Cup. And this is skylyro’s Top 5 of the BBC’s best 6 Nations rugby commercials I stumbled upon on YouTube: Continue reading “Top 5 BBC 6 Nations Rugby Commercials”

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skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2014

skylyro's Top 10 Albums of 2014

1. Jack White – Lazaretto: a 70s album in the 21st century

I have to admit I was not familiar with Jack White’s discography, nor was I with the White Stripe’s, apart from the stadium anthem Seven Nation Army, of course. After listening to Mr. White’s new album Lazaretto, which is a great piece of a rock, blues and folk album that reminds me of some 70s albums I love, I will follow this artist much closer than I used to…! Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2014”

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skylyro’s Top 5 Things Grownups Should Not Do In Public

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Provided that the topic I am talking about in this post is absolutely subjective and a mere provocation, I am fully conviced of the fact that there are certain things and habits that are perfectly fine when you are a kid or a teen, but leave me a little perplex when I see adults doing them: Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Things Grownups Should Not Do In Public”