La sposa occidentale (album di Lucio Battisti del 1990)

LA SPOSA OCCIDENTALE è un album di Lucio Battisti del 1990, il terzo con i testi scritti da Pasquale Panella. Otto le canzoni con il tema portante della donna tra angolazioni e sfumature, lette con il linguaggio affascinante, surreale e filosofico del suo paroliere.

Apre le danze Tu non ti pungi più: la chitarra è sottile e ruvida, le tastiere creano la briosa atmosfera. Potrebbe essere sera pigia sulla chitarra elettrica che agisce per sottrazione, tocca a Lucio invece cantare di una donna e la serata trascorsa insieme. Timida molto audace rappresenta una figura femminile ambigua: bello il basso di Joe Skeete che marchia il brano. Segue La sposa occidentale, puntellata allegramente dai tasti, pulsante di basso e liriche che tratteggiano leoni ammattiti e marroni, uno sceicco ed il profumo dell’occidente. Conversano rilassati i protagonisti di Mi riposa fra basso, sintetizzatori e sei minuti distensivi. Poi è la volta della canzone per chi scrive più bella del disco, I ritorni, con la folgorante e struggente frase “abbiamo solo un limite l’amore che ci divide”, storia di un rapporto tormentato, reso suggestivi dalla tromba maestosa di Derek Watkins. Alcune noncuranze narra un certo lassismo nel rapporto di coppia: la chitarra è soffiata e rilassante e sicuramente, più che negli altri pezzi, si avverte la presenza della batteria suonata da Andy Duncan. Chiude Campati in aria, bella ballata solare con una fase centrale oscura dove scorre l’attesa di un rapporto che potrebbe sfociare sollecitando la metafora: la coda è sfarzosa, la chiusura troncata.

Secondo fondi non acclarate, la canzone Tu non ti pungi più, oltre che dai noti Battisti e Panella, è composta anche dalla moglie di Lucio, Grazia Letizia Veronese. L’album è intriso da uno stile che abbraccia elettronica, disco e tecnologia e che mette all’angolo gli archi. Le vendite furono buone, 400.000 copie almeno, anche per l’ottimo lavoro di Greg Walsh, nella produzione e negli arrangiamenti.

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