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Mondo Cane by Mike Patton
Released: May 2010
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Mike Patton performing classic Italian pop? Has the sky fallen, and thrasher hell frozen over? No, Patton just lived in Italy for a while. But here's the weird thing: He's a great crooner. These song sweep and slash, dip and soar, and Patton performs them with brio and just enough audio trickery to suggest something dark under the surface. (This is, of course, Mike Patton. How could there not be?) But overall he's extremely faithful to the originals, saving his menacing showmanship for the live act. The album went to No. 2 on the Billboard classical charts, against all expectations.
Sarah Bardeen
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