Roll Over, Irving Berlin — “White Christmas” Goes Italian Pop

December 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Italy, music | Leave a comment
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by Tripatini staff

 Just turned the big 4-0, Florentine pop singer Irene Grandi back in 1994 lost the top prize to Andrea Bocelli in her big-time solo stage debut at the San Remo Festival. Whatever — she’s gone on to have a healthy if not quite stellar music/TV career, heavy on covers, novelty songs, and a diva-flavored dose of boorish behavior (she titled her 2008 autobiography Diary of a Bad Girl). In thelatest  of her more than ten albums, though, she’s perfectly nice, not naughty — it’s a Yuletide collection called (prosaically enough) Canzoni per Natale, from which this translated update of Irving Berlin’s antediluvian chestnut is taken; no doubt as an homage, they chose to set the video in Berlin, Germany. Others of the dozen songs on the album, by the way, besides several Italian numbers, include a bunch of — well, covers, such as several of the usual international suspects like Silent Night, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over), and Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime. We were a bit let down, however, to not find La nonna è stata investita da una renna (Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer).

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