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by Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli has attracted music fans of many stripes between his albums of romantic Italian pop and opera recordings. Still, with the love songs on Amore, he might acquire a whole new following. The album makes it clearer than ever that he's the true heir to some of the 20th century's most popular easy-listening vocalists, tackling songs made famous by Perry Como, Bing Crosby even Elvis Presley. Sometimes a classic song turns up with an unfamiliar title: "Somos Novios" was Como's hit "It's Impossible," and "Cuando Me Enamoro" scored big as "A Man Without Love" for Engelbert Humperdinck. Other sophisticated tunes, like "Besame Mucho" and "Autumn Leaves," have been around for so many years that they've acquired countless interpreters. Still, Bocelli's intimate and passionate delivery always satisfies its own terms, whether the romantic language of choice is Spanish, French, Italian, or English. And on top of all the standards, "Because We Believe" is featured here as the 2006 Winter Olympics theme song. Producer David Foster -- who virtually owns this sort of music these days, masterminding Josh Groban's albums, Michael Bublé, and many more -- crafts a wonderful variety of sounds to accompany Bocelli's voice, especially on the Latin-flavored numbers. At the same time, guest artists like Kenny G, Christina Aguilera (a surprisingly strong match for the tenor's crooning), and especially Stevie Wonder (on "Canzoni Stonate") put several tracks over the top. But Bocelli is always the centerpiece; his fans wouldn't have it any other way, and they're not going to be disappointed by Amore, a Valentine's Day gift that's sure to last year-round.