Patrizio Buanne

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 September, 2005, 12:00am

Patrizio Buanne

The Italian


Many copies of this album will find a permanent home in the CD changers of restaurants with old chianti bottles suspended from the ceiling.

You've heard most of these songs before - and that's where. In fact, it was in his parents' ristorante that Patrizio Buanne first heard them, and a love of romantic Italian pop tunes of the 1940s, 50s and 60s appears to have stuck with him.

There's some newer material. You've heard Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over before, as well, but most cover versions stick with Neil Finn's original elliptical lyric. Here, a new set of words in Italian tells you all about what it's like to be stuck in a Roman traffic jam.

Buanne doesn't have a bad voice. His style occupies the territory mid- way between crooning and full-blown opera that vocalists who are also required to deliver plates of pasta tend to favour, and if you like the repertoire - Dean Martin is the most obvious reference point - you'll probably find this enjoyable.

The orchestral accompaniments are brought up to date with a slightly more rock-oriented beat, and the songs are performed in English, Italian or a combination of the two.

The romanticism is all a bit earnest - Martin's interpretations of these songs were all informed by a sense of humour - and when Buanne attempts a tongue-in-cheek tune like Home to Mamma it falls flat.

But, essentially, this is little more than cappuccino froth.