To be honest I don't have much confidence in this album. There are a few reasons for this:
- Co-Musicians & Quality of the music
Gigi's older work was sometimes co-produced and mastered by other musicians. The songs on Benessere or especially the Underconstruction remixes like Deeper / Drifting Sideways / On the Radio are made with much more attention to musicality and finesse than anything released after 2009.
Above that, music used to be from a MUCH higher quality than everything that was released after 2009. The older releases that i name above were made in a time where there was still money to be made in releasing a CD, and bringing music to the public. Therefore, more attention automatically went into creating a good product, inviting good producers to work with Gigi. Now it's commercially less viable to release a CD, especially when you are working with other producers whom you would have to pay! This is why the productions seem to have gone downhill.
- Too Digital!
It seems that Gigi's music of recent times is pretty badly produced. (no offense, Gigi, but come on...) All the sounds are extremely 'digital' sounding. Gone is the distinctive vintage synthesizer sound that made Gigi's music so unique compared to the other dance music on the market. The synths have been largely replaced by 'popular' 'Nexus' type preset synthesizers that you often hear in cheap EDM songs. Also the Kicks (bassdrums) used are very flat, lacking punch and do not sound good at all.
I'm beginning to think that Gigi in the past never really produced his music completely by himself, OR only now is learning to produce music with the newer software available. (In that case he would need to move back to the old stuff he/they used.) It seems Gigi is unable to recreate that distinctive sound he had, or he doesn't hear the difference. More likely, however, is that he just assumes his audience won't be too critical about it, since there are so many positive youtube reactions on TERRIBLE songs like 'Neoclassic'. Personally I couldn't believe what I heard when stuff like that got posted on youtube. But all in all it fits the pattern we are seeing, when the record label that announces the release is actually a house/EDM label.
- Authentic Gigi?
Along those lines it's even possible that some random house DJ (let's say a type like 'Christian Marchi') or any other random producer in the background is producing his music at the moment. Which would be a valid conclusion since the techniques used to produce the music through the years have been changing so much. You can hear it even in all the lives. It seems like Gigi is forcing himself to 'go with the new ages' and hereby losing his identitiy completely. The new sounds are so EDM inspired. This is not Gigi, and to me, the music has lost it's soul, only to be replaced by a much less emotional plastic sound that you will find in terrible songs like Holes in the sky and more 2016/2017 uploads. Another example is what happened to the 2006 version of 'Work' VS the 2016 version. It became completely soulless. The song is just not what it used to be, but there are many many more examples like this.
I can only hope that I am wrong and that all the experimental new-style stuff posted on youtube is just a placeholder for the good songs like the remix of Cappella - U Got 2 Be, Can you feel it, or Kosheen - Catch remix & Mosquito Tanz.
But there are dark clouds on the horizon, and it would be no surprise to me if the album will be a big disappointment.
That is, if it ever will be released.
Oh well, fortunately we still have the Il Cammino's, but I am very saddened that the music has lost it's identity.