Italy: “Sanremo 2020” Songs review

24 artists compete in “Sanremo 2020“. The winner of the festival will have the opportunity to represent Italy in Eurovision 2020.
In this post, I will review the competing songs.

Italy 2020 (Sanremo 2020, Eurovision) #Playlist

#1. Achille Lauro – Me Ne Frego (Eng: “I Don’t Care)

Achille Lauro

It’s a rock-pop song with dance vibes. He started the performance while he is wearing a long gold-black body coat. Nearly a half-minute later, he is taking it off and stays with a tiny and shiny fleshing. It starts as a simple ballad. The melody is based on piano and electronic guitar. The style is dated and can be associated with the 1990’s music.
From the point the song becomes a little bit rhythmic, it stays very flat. In my opinion, the song lacks a twist.

 

#2. Alberto Urso – Il Sole A Est (Eng: The Sun To The East)

Alberto Urso

It’s a standard and dated Pop-Opera song. The melody is based on strings instruments and piano. Alberto has the right voice, but the song is forgettable. There is something lazy in the verses and something too pushing in the chorus.

 

#3. Anastasio – Rosso Di Rabbia (Eng: Red With Anger”)

Marco Anastasio

It’s a spoken-word / rap song with motives of Rock melody. The dominant electronic guitar is taking over the other components. I must admit that I’m really not attracted to that kind of song. It’s too loud, too aggressive. Between the lines, I can hear the word “Terrorism”. The title of the song is “Red with anger” which explains a lot about the vibes of the performance. I don’t see it competing in the Eurovision, sorry.

#4. BUGO and Morgan  – Sincero (Eng: “Sincere)

Bugo & Morgan

It’s a retro rock Pop song. The song is opened with a synthesizer that pours the 1980’s music elements in. There is a wonderful chemistry between the two musicians. It’s catchy and has some interesting parts in it. Bugo has a huskier voice than Morgan. It’s a good retro song. However, I feel that Italy can send a stronger song

 

#5. Diodato – Fai Rumore (Eng: “Make Noise”)

Antonio Diodato

It’s a classical Italian piano ballad. Diodato has a wonderful voice and a wise interpretation. He is simply standing on the stage and tells the story. In the beginning, his singing is gentle and soft. In the chorus, he sings more powerfully. The song is built on the transition between quiet and power. The process we’re going through is an experience of emotions.

 

#6. Elettra Lamborghini – Musica (E Il Resto Scompare) [Emg: Music (“And The Rest Disappears”)]

Elettra Lamborghini

It’s a Latin Pop song. Elettra Lamborghini uses har charm on stage. The rhythmic and the beat can be described as the Caribbean genre. The song isn’t that original and even has strong influences from the 2000’s Latin music. The song hasn’t the typical style and genre of “Sanrano”‘s songs. My main complaint here will be that the singer’s vocal performance is actually pretty weak.

 

#7. Elodie – Andromeda (A character in Greek Mythology)

Elodie Di Patrizi

It’s an electro-Pop song with soul and Latin motives. Elodie shows versatile vocal abilities ib her performance.  One of the writers of the song is Mahmood (who represented Italy in Eurovision 2019). The bridge is strong and melody changes in different directions after it. The song lives in the narrow boundary of a lot of genres. The melody is sophisticated and Elodie keeps surprising all the time. Although its complexity, the song stands out and catchy. The production is a huge bonus.

 

#8. Enrico Nigiotti – Baciami Adesso (Eng: “Kiss Me Now”)

Enrico Nigiotti

It’s a typical Italian ballad. The song starts with acoustic guitar playing. Thereafter, it becomes more rock than pop with electronic guitar and drums. He performs a guitar solo in the bridge. The style reminds me of a 1990’s rock ballad.  The song is decent, but has nothing special to offer and has the disadvantage of being forgettable.

 

#9. Francesco Gabbani – Viceversa (Eng: “The other way around”)

Francesco Gabbani

It’s a mid-tempo ballad. Francesco starts his performance while he is sitting near the piano and playing. There is something dated in the song. There are moments when I felt like listening to a song from the Albanian national selection. For me. it lacks charm and uniqueness. Gabbani’s voice is probably one of the advantages. Actually, I found myself bored.

 

#10. Giordana Angi – Come Mia Madre (Eng: “Like My Mother)

Giordana Angi

She starts her performance by speaking in a low and deep voice. Afterward, the playing is powerful. It continues to a rock chorus with a husky voice. The transition after the chorus relies on the orchestra playing. Giordana is an excellent and emotional performer. I’m not a fan of speaking instead of singing. Therefore, I would have suggested changing the interpretation a little bit. However, the “format” of the song is pretty common in “Sanremo” history. In this case, the performer is way better than the song.

 

#11. Irene Grandi – Finalmente Io (Eng: “Finally Me”)

Irene Grandi

It’s a pop-rock song. The singer describes the relationship between her and her mother. The verses are characterized by fast singing. In the chorus, she is more powerful and the melody is more convincing. The melody is based on drums and electronic guitar. Her performance isn’t only musical, but theatrical. The song continues the line of typical “Sanremo” songs and traditional Italian music in general.
#12. Junior Cally – No Grazie (Eng: “No Thanks”)

Antonio Signore Junior Cally

Another rap song with rock motives. Junior Cally is charismatic. The song itself is kicking and talks about aversion from politics. The chorus is just duplication of the phrase “No Grazie”.The song ends with drums solo. Something is a little bit messy, but it can be fixed easily.

 

#13. Le Vibrazioni – Dov’è (Eng: “Where He Is?”)

Le Vibrazioni

It’s a piano ballad. The band has a translator for sign language behind them. The melody is based on piano, drums, and electronic guitar. The verses are slower than the other parts of the song. The bridge is a transition where we can feel the “acceleration”. The song ends with both the singer and the translator communicate in the sign language.  It’s a decent song, that grows on me.

 

#14. Levante – Tikibombom

Levante

It’s a rock-pop song. Levante is an energy bomb that lands on stage. The song is catchy. The style is a power rock ballad from the 1990s which I always happy to listen to. Her performance includes self-confidence, strong vocal abilities, and theatrical techniques. The first verses are based on piano playing. afterward, drums are added. when we arrive at the chorus, the production has another volume. The final outcome is a great song with almost incredible performance.

 

#15. Marco Masini – Il Confronto (Eng: The Confrontation)

Marco Masini

It’s a beautiful Italian rock ballad. Marco is sitting near the piano and he is playing it.  The singing in the verses in a little bit fast with a basic melody. The bridge has more power until the super-powerful chorus is coming. Marco has an impressive vocal ability.  I love the color of his voice in the chorus. In the last third of the song,  the orchestra takes a significant place in the melody. He is leaving the piano, and just standing on the stage, full of self- confidence. It’s pretty familiar to other “Sanremo” traditional songs, but I find it convincing and interesting.

 

#16. Michele Zarrillo – Nell’estasi O Nel Fango (Eng: “In ecstasy or in the mud”)

Michele Zarrillo

It’s an electro-pop with Rock motives. The song is opened with a guitar solo. After he is singing some lines, the orchestra is joining. He is singing in a higher voice in the chorus. The versatile singing lifts up the performance. The general style may be connected to the late 1980s – early 1990s music. It a little bit dated but has the right to subsistence.

 

#17. Paolo Jannacci – Voglio Parlarti Adesso (Eng: I want to talk to you now)

Paolo Jannacci

It starts with a piano solo. It’s a standard Romantic Italian ballad. The structure is conservative and traditional. He performs the song with a lot of hand movements.  I find the song too structural. It seems like the song was written and composed “by book” without and the option of changing or creativity. It’s not bad but doesn’t give us anything new.

#18. Piero Pelù – Gigante (Eng: Giant)
Piero Pelù

It’s a Pop-rock song with influences of the 1980-1990 music. The song is opened with a solo of an electronic guitar. The production is on point. Piero has a lot of charisma. The song lives between the boundaries of anthem and tempo rock song. In the ending, he stops singing and saying some of the words in a way of speaking.
The song isn’t brilliant, but it’s well performed and well produced. Besides, I would never say no to a successful rock song.

 

#19. Pinguini Tattici Nucleari – Ringo Starr

Pinguini Tattici Nucleari

It’s a rhythmic Indie pop song. The melody is original and based on keyboards and guitars. In some parts, there is a use of wind instruments. The lead singer performs the song with a lot of charisma.  It’s catchy and stands out among the other acts in the lineup. The singer doesn’t have a special voice with noticeable abilities. However, that kind of song doesn’t require any super-strong vocalist.

 

#20. Rancore – Eden

Rancore

It’s a dramatic spoken word/rap song. The melody is beautiful, especially the parts of the orchestra. However, I find it too dramatic and intense. He is barely breathing and it feels like a race where only the velocity is important. Rancore tries to follow the footsteps of Mahmood. In the end, the beat reminds of a shooting and he is falling to the floor like he was killed by it.

 

#21. Raphael Gualazzi – Carioca

Raphael Gualazzi

It’s an electronic Latin ballad. The singer is sitting near the piano and he is playing it. The chorus has the influences of Spanish-Latin music. There is wide use of instruments which lift it up. It’s catchy and different in the view of “Sanremo”. I can’t see it do well in the Eurovision. There are just better and original songs.

 

#22.  Riki – Lo Sappiamo Entrambi (Eng: “we both know it)

Riccardo Marcuzzo

It starts with a solo piano which is being muted through the first lines of the song.
Riki is a young musician but he looks confident on the stage. The genre is electro midtempo Pop. The chorus includes some computerized- process voices. I’m not sure if they would be allowed in Eurovision but at the moment I enjoy them. The orchestra fits the melody of the song. Riki has a clear and pure voice and that’s an advantage.

 

#23. Rita Pavone – Niente (Resilienza 74) [Eng: nothing]

Rita Pavone

It’s a kicking Rock- Pop song. Rita brings her husky voice together with the right interpretation. The chorus is powerful but a little bit dated. You can feel how connected she is to the lyrics. The production and the orchestra contribute to the total experience. Nevertheless, I feel that the performance is stronger than the song itself.

 

#24.  Tosca – Ho amato Tutto (Eng: I loved everything)

Tosca

It’s a jazz ballad. Tosca has a strong and unique voice. There is a long instrumental section in the beginning. You can feel how connected she is to the sort she is telling us. I love the vocal improvisation she is doing near the piano. From the middle of the song and afterward, the orchestra starts to be more dominant. We have here a combination of a good singer and an interesting song.
Note: BUGO and Morgan were disqualified due to a scandal that occurred lat night live on the stage:

 

My Ranking (23 songs):

01– Elodie – Andromeda
02 – Levante – Tikibombom
03 – Riki – Lo Sappiamo Entrambi
04 – Marco Masini – Il Confronto
05– Diodato – Fai Rumore
06 – Tosca – Ho Amato Tutto
07 – Piero Pelù – Gigante
08– Pinguini Tattici Nucleari – Ringo Starr
09 – Michele Zarrillo – Nell’estasi O Nel Fango
10 – Irene Grandi – Finalmente Io
11– Le Vibrazioni and Francesco Sàrcina – Dov’è
12 – Rita Pavone – Niente (Resilienza 74)
13 – Giordana Angi – Come Mia Madre
14 – Achille Lauro – Me Ne Frego
15 – Enrico Nigiotti – Baciami Adesso
16 – Paolo Jannacci – Voglio Parlarti Adesso
17 – Elettra Lamborghini – Musica (E Il Resto Scompare)
18 – Junior Cally – No Grazie
19 – Raphael Gualazzi – Carioca
20– Francesco Gabbani – Viceversa
21 – Rancore – Eden
22 – Alberto Urso – Il Sole A Est
23– Anastasio – Rosso Di Rabbia

I live in Israel and watch Eurovision since the early 2000s. I work as a mathematician but have a big interest in singing, music, and writing

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