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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”

Roger Waters - Is This the Life We Really Want

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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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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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”

Jimi Hendrix and The Soft Machine

Saluzzi’s Top 5 Prog Rock Trios

Jimi Hendrix and The Soft Machine

In thanking you, Mr. SHRC, for suggesting us your Favorite Power Trios I extend the invitation to everyone who wants to contribute to skylyro’s Top 10 Blog to submit their list of favorite artists, albums, songs etc: be it a Top 5, a Top Ten, Top 20 or whatever, I will be glad to publish it!

skylyro proudly presents:

SHRC’s favorite Prog Rock Power Trios

1. Soft Machine Continue reading “Saluzzi’s Top 5 Prog Rock Trios”

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skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2013, so far

Sting_The Last Ship

So far, but I guess there is nothing relevant coming out these last days of December, I have defined my preferences for this year’s music albums: compared to other previous years it looked like a pretty fruitful one, with many bands publishing new albums, such as KOL, PJ, Turin Brakes and Artic Monkeys, and major comebacks like David Bowie and Sting. Overall, I’d call it a good year these days, but in the end, wanting to take it down to the 5 best albums of 2013, there was not much competition… Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2013, so far”

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skylyro’s Top 5 Power Trios

The Police, Copeland, Summers, Sting

Welcome back to another skylyro top chart! I pretty much enjoyed the virality last week’s post has caused and hope this one is going to have a similar appeal. So here it is, this is skylyro’s list of Top 5 Power Trios! Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Power Trios”

dEUS, Keep You Close

skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2011

dEUS, Keep You Close

Hey guys, welcome back to another Top 5! This time I thought of my favorite albums of the past year and tried to come up with my Top 5 Albums of 2011. I have to admit that my musical spectrum is quite restricted in these last years, but still, I believe there where a few interesting publications last year, as well. I have picked 5, but feel free to propose your favorite albums in 2011!

1. Keep You Close – dEUS: some people prefer the older albums, some the newer ones, and I more or less like them all! dEUS is an amazing band, always innovative, always great!!! To me, dEUS are probably producing Continental Europe’s best music! Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Albums of 2011”

Pictures of Eddie Vedder

skylyro’s Top 5 Eddie Vedder Duets

Pictures of Eddie Vedder

Cheers folks, it’s been quite a while since my last post, and I’m really happy to be here, writing this year’s first post – apart from last year’s review… At first, I had a different topic on my mind, but as I stumbled upon some video, I just had to make these my next blog post. Obviously, I knew that Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam as a whole had appeared on stage with many artists throughout the years, and some of these performances I had already seen and heard before, but I was so surprised by the many of them I found! Eddie Vedder, whom I probably consider my favorite singer, duetting with some of the most extraordinary artists and musicians of past and present… and this is skylyro’s Top 5 Eddie Vedder Duets: Continue reading “skylyro’s Top 5 Eddie Vedder Duets”