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The Best Music of 2020

by Massimo Usai Yes, it was a beastly year. A year that runs through history in an impetuous and different way from many critical years for some peoples rather than others is the year of mass suffering globalization. Everyone in every corner of the hemisphere had (and continue to have) the exact same problem: the Virus, but, regardless of what happens in the world, arrived … Continue reading The Best Music of 2020

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My personal “Desert Island Discs”

Inspired by the “Desert Island Discs” series on BBC Radio4, and the fact that I turned 60 yesterday, I decided to make my own list to celebrate my transition to this new phase of my life. In my life I put the passion for music first ever. On the top of everything. So, selecting only ten records is not easy, let’s say: “almost impossible”. But … Continue reading My personal “Desert Island Discs”

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The Music of My Life: Kate Bush – Hounds of Love –

By Massimo Usai Are there any “Ten” albums? Yes, some. What I present to you today, on my long list of albums of the music of my life, is a classic album who will rate ten without so many complains. Kate Bush’s reputation is significant in the world of pop-rock music. Her role as pioneer as some unique sound has been accepted by most critics … Continue reading The Music of My Life: Kate Bush – Hounds of Love –

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The Music of My Life: Pink Floyd -Animals –

How did I come across Pink Floyd? One afternoon in 1974. Inside the cinema hall of the railway station in Alessandria in hallucinogenic fumes that only years later I realized that Marlboros were not what the people were smoking. It wasn’t an easy love for Pink Floyd. The film impressed me, and I was curious, but I couldn’t declare myself a real fan of the … Continue reading The Music of My Life: Pink Floyd -Animals –

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The Music Of My Life: Genesis – Selling England by The Pound –

In 1973 I was 13 years old. I had casually invested with a love for “committed” music just a short time ago. I am curious and listen to everything. In 1973 it meant that when you discover an artist, you have to recover the previous years of the same artist. Everything comes upon me like a wave in the stormy sea of ​​my youth. I … Continue reading The Music Of My Life: Genesis – Selling England by The Pound –

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The Music Of My Life: Joanna Newsom – YS –

When I bought her album, I had on my mind some favourable reviews read in few magazines the day before. They were good reviews but none (with hindsight) had truly expressed what I felt inside record when I put on. Let alone therefore as an “amateur” like myself can ever find the right words to best express what is inside this album. Anyway with a … Continue reading The Music Of My Life: Joanna Newsom – YS –

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The Best Records of My Life: Mark Hollis– (Album)

There are inexplicable things sometimes. Mark Hollis’s story is one of them. In the 1980s, with his group (I Talk Talk) he had reached heights of commercial success that opened the doors to an Olympus of fame and wealth that is difficult to give up. Mark Hollis, with his group, wrote hits that are still inevitable today when you want to organize a party with … Continue reading The Best Records of My Life: Mark Hollis– (Album)

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The Best Records of My Life: Eels – Beautiful Freak –

There are albums in the history of popular music that is defined as “basic”.  They are often essential in the history of the artist I’m considering today for the “album of my life”.   Still, they are usually fundamental in the general context of the history of rock music. In 1996, “Beautiful Freak” by the Eels was released. In fact the first album under the … Continue reading The Best Records of My Life: Eels – Beautiful Freak –

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The Best Records of My Life: Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine –

Chet Baker has a voice like no other. Very very distinctive. It seems that you either love him or can’t stand him. I LOVE him. This record it’s a compilation. Was realised in 1994 from the Pacific Jazz and it will be the only compilation you will find in my list of “the best records of my life“. His voice is haunting in a sort … Continue reading The Best Records of My Life: Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine –