A cumulative effort nearly ten years in the making, the long-awaited Mike Patton project Mondo Cane will see a formal release on May 4th. The operatic Italo-pop conception combines a 15-piece band and 30-piece orchestra with Patton’s playful vocals bellowing over. An ambitious project, to say the least, but hardly far-fetched considering the musical maverick’s past endeavors.

Mike Patton - Mondo Cane

An amalgamation of reinterpretations of classic Italian pop songs, the Gino Paoli album opener “Il Cielo In Una Stanza” was actually popularized in 1960 by the solo soprano, Mina. This powerful adaptation finds Patton crooning atop symphonic strings, showcasing his vocal range early on in the track.

Album highlight “Urlo Negro” imparts Patton’s quirky side, dithering between shrieking vocals and psychedelic sounds. The song is rather fanatical compared to the rest of the record, but all things considered, is hardly an outlier with Patton’s track record.

Mike Patton

Over the course of eleven tracks, Patton seamlessly balances the comportment and tone of each original composition while adding his own stylistic savvy. The orchestra and band’s contributions create a stunning backdrop to thoroughly exalt Patton’s shining vocals.

Mondo Cane is an unexpected anomaly within the musical realm of Mike Patton. While the overall concept seemed somewhat capricious at first, the reworked Italian classics offer Patton’s most accessible material to date.

Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane Track Listing:

01. “Il Cielo In Una Stanza” by Gino Paoli
02. “Che Notte!” By Fred Buscaglione
03. “Ore D’Amore” by Fred Bongusto
04. “Deep Down” by Ennio Morricone
05. “Quello Che Conta” by Luigi Tenco
06. “Urlo Negro” by The Blackmen
07. “Scalinatella” by Enzo Bonagura
08. “L’Uomo Che Non Sapeva Amare” by Nico Fidenco
09. “20 KM Al Giorno” by Nicola Arigliano
10. “Ti Offro Da Bere” by Gianni Morandi
11. “Senza Fine” by Gino Paoli

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