Damon Albarn, the lead singer of Blur – the group that revived the Brit-pop in the nineties – has appeared in recent days in two Italian dates (July 14 in Gardone Riviera (BS), at the Teatro Vittoriale, and 15 the cavea of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome), not betraying the expectations of fans and critics. Both shows, in fact, were anxiously awaited by thousands of Italian fans who finally were able to “meet” the English musician, after the release of his “real” first solo album. Everyday Robots – this is the title of the album – was released in April and jumped on top of the world rankings thanks to the combination – in a new key even for those who know his discography from the very beginning – of the elements that best characterize the production of Albarn and his many projects: very melodic pop (fans of the genre recognize Beatles momentum, although influenced by a plant seemingly impromptu and reflections of a much more varied music scene of the sixties), balanced and original use of electronics (very often in dialogue with “ethnic” percussion), a very careful work on the arrangements and production (an area in which Albarn works with eclectic Richard Russell) and, finally, a strong introspection as a frame to very direct and intimate music. The concert in Rome has returned all this, in a crescendo of emotion that Damon was able to spread among the public, “stuck” under his stage from the first track (nothing served the actions of security personnel or the protests of those who wanted, rightly, enjoy the show comfortably sitting in the chair). But the show also returned the profile of a multifaceted artist, prolific and engaged in an ongoing dialogue with many other artists and musical genres: remember Flea from the Red Hot Chili Pepper and the great Tony Allen (drummer of Fela Kuti), with whom he founded the supergroup Rocket Juice and the Moon and published, in 2012, the self-titled album, which was also worked Erika Badu and Ghanaian rapper M.anifest (now on tour with Albarn). Recall definitely Gorillaz (the cartoon band that has achieved worldwide fame in 2001 with the hit “Clint Heastwood” on the album of the same name). But remember above all (even if it is a project probably less known) the disc Mali Music, published in 2002 with the collaboration of many Malian musicians, including Afel Bocoum, Toumani Diabaté and Ko Kan Ko Sata, to demonstrate the interest of the Blur frontman for the world music.
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