Polydor – 2001 – 70 minutes

It seems there is simply no limit to Andrea Bocelli's success. Just five years after he came to international notice, the Italian singer has become the biggest selling classical performer to emerge in recent decades. Essentially an opera singer, Bocelli has also shown a willingness to step out of the operatic genre, as evinced by his 1997 album of contemporary music, 'Romanza'. This is, of course, the reason for Bocelli's phenomenal crossover appeal.

His latest release, 'Cieli Di Toscana' (Tuscan Skies), continues Bocelli's tradition of ploughing both classical and contemporary musical terrains. A soothing, romantic record of lush ballads wrapped in sweeping orchestral arrangements, this will effortlessly please Bocelli's many worldwide fans. 'Mille Lune Mille Onde', 'L'Incontro' and 'L'Ultimo Re' are the pick of the bunch, while only 'Si Voltò' (Julio Iglesias-ish) and 'L'Abitudine' (Eurovision?) call for the skip button.

Purists will inevitably scoff, but Bocelli's voice in any genre is always a treat. And while there is nothing as instantly captivating here as 'Conte Partiro/Time To Say Goodbye' (his duet with Sarah Brightman), there is more than enough under these skies to please.

Tom Grealis

Tracklisting: Melodramma - Mille Lune Mille Onde - E Sara' A Settembre (Someone Like You) - Chiara - Mascagni - Resta Qui - Il Mistero Dell'Amore - Se La Gente Usasse Il Cuore - Si Voltò - L'Abitudine - L'Incontro - E Mi Manchi Tu - Il Diavolo E L'Angelo - L'Ultimo Re