Almamegretta - Sanacore

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Almamegretta - Sanacore

Almamegretta - Sanacore
Mp3 - 192 Kbs | 80 MB | Genre: Italy, World Music
Release Date: 1995

Sanacore was Almamegretta's breakthrough album in Italy and made some international noise later when the moody, mysterious opener, "O Sciore Cchiu` Felice," popped up on the soundtrack of The Cell starring Jennifer Lopez. Their second full album finds the Neapolitan quartet at the height of their dub infatuation – the group basically introduced the form/concept in Italy and enlisted underground dub maestro Adrian Sherwood to mix Sanacore. It's not hard to see why Sherwood answered the call – extremely strong bass lines abound, whether coming from Pablo's keyboards or Mario Formisano's bass guitar. "Maje" works off a classic two-part reggae bass line with Rais' crooning and atmospheric keyboard effects creating a Mediterranean variant on the On-U Sound sound. The song gets propulsive, with incremental additions over a convincing riddim that makes you surrender – Almamegretta instinctively knows how to understate and leave things out, which probably accounts for their dub love in the first place. The spare, minimal arrangements rely on wispy fragments rather than full-blown melodies and leave Rais' voice to fill the spaces. They cannily mix varied elements into their dub voyage – North African sounds, either oud or Michele Signore's violin on the hauntingly simple "Pe' Dint' 'E Viche Addo' Nun Traase 'O Mare," or the guitar wailing in the background of "Ruanda." The title track features vocal tradeoffs over light raggamuffin, while the dreamy crooning over reggae of "Nun Te Scurda" sounds a lot like an Italian Bryan Ferry fronting the original lineup of the Specials. "Sciosie Viento" is pushier, with a choppier drum rhythm, funk bass line, and recited vocals more in a hip-hop vein. But dub rules, whether it's the eerie keyboard effects and bubbling background percussion on "Ammore Nemico" and "Se Stuta 'O Ffuoco" or the trombones and mixing-board sound science that fuel "O Sciore Cchiu` Dub." With Sanacore, Almamegretta firmly established their Mediterranean mix in the front ranks of the international dub underground.

1. O sciore cchiu felice
2. Maje
3. Pe dint'e viche addo nun trase o mare
4. Sanacore
5. Ammore nemico
6. Scioscie viento
7. Ruanda
8. Nun te scurda
9. Se stuta 'o ffuoco
10. Tempo
11. O sciore cchiu dub (bonus track)