The first requisite to enjoying Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti is liking

The first requisite to enjoying Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti is liking

his voice. His is a nasal tenor that can be interpreted as sexy or annoying, but it is always unmistakable. Since the former adjective describes it for this listener, 9 is off to a good start, further bolstered by Ramazzotti's beautifully crafted songs (mostly written with Adelio Cogliati and co-producer Claudio Guidetti). 9 is a mix of Italian pop with Beatles-esque influences that alternate between feel-good, plaintive, and soaring. Thankfully, nothing here falls into overwrought drama. Although touches of programming can be heard, 9's overall sound is acoustic and lush—guitars blending with Hammond organ and strings. The result? Edgier than traditional Latin pop.—LC

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