Bocelli is such a masterful artist that his voice will lure you to Italy in less than the blink of an eye. I normally listen to rock, country and folk music but have added opera to my electic mix thanks to Andrea Bocelli. What a gift to the world!
Five stars doesn't do this CD justice! Truely one of the best collections I've heard. Not all "best of" truely are, this one is the real deal. Especially like the song lyrics on the insert, makes it easier to translate the Italian into English.
I don't know why it took me so long to discover what almost everyone else seems to already know about Bocelli ---- he is the most amazing pop-opera singer I've ever heard! I never thought I liked opera until I listened to him sing "The Prayer" with Heather Headley on YouTube a short while ago. I have been in love ever since; not with opera per se, but with the magically gifted soul-touching heartfelt voice of Andrea Bocelli. He is also as pleasant to watch sing as it is to hear him sing! Even when I don't understand a word he's singing because I don't know Italian, the music moves me. I printed lyrics to many of the songs on this CD so I can learn them and sing along with him because the music is so beautiful and I love to sing. I love the message in a lot of his music as well, such as in "Besame Mucho", "Vivere", "The Prayer", and especially "Because We Believe." If I had to pick two favorites for lyrics, music and melody they would be "Besame Mucho" and "Because We Believe." "Vivere" is a favorite for the musical delivery and the message to "dare to live" life to the fullest. The whole CD and Andrea Bocelli in general blows me away.
We really enjoy Bocelli's music & have many of this albums. We take our own music on our trips to Italy so we can sit on our patio with a glass of wine listening to Bocelli Italy looking out over the sea or Tuscany vineyards. We just returned from Italy and listened to a lot of Italian music we took with us. Our favorites from this album were Vivo Per Lei, Romanza, The Prayer (with Celine Dion), & Time to Say Goodbye (with Sarah Brightman).
Fantastico! I bought it for my wife, who is Bochelli's BIGGEST fan, and she played it over and over and over again, ad nauseum, until she had to take a break, and then she played it over and over and over again. His "Best" is the best.