Zucchero alternates singing in Italian and English, and trying to imagine what he's saying as he sings in Italian in whisky-soaked tones on cuts like "Ti Voglio Sposare" is part of the fun.
Those unfamiliar with Zucchero might be surprised at the big shots he works with here; he co-wrote "Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)," a quiet song for a traumatized Paris with Bono, and guitarist Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) plays on the cut.
Elsewhere he co-writes with Elvis Costello, and high-profile guests like Lenny Castro, Jim Keltner, Matt Chamberlain and Dobro master Jerry Douglas appear. And the dream production team of Don Was, Brendan O'Brien and T Bone Burnett puts the perfect edge on this set of funky, Continental-via-New Orleans party rock. Get your copy here.
Zucchero - Black Cat