Musical genre(s): Pop, Country (some)
Years of experience: 1999-present
Nicola Ciccone’s latest album “Esprit Libre” is very well-done album. All of the songs are written and composed by Nicola Ciccone. There’s that richness and poetic feel to the lyrics, which is what Ciccone is known for. His metaphors are quite present in this album.
The most vibrant song is Dolce Vita, a celebration of life and it makes you want to dance. I imagine myself in either little Italy in Montreal or Italy. He sings some verses in Italian, a way to show he’s in touch with his Italian origins.
The song that touched me the most was “Oh toi mon père”. This song talk about the passing of Nicola Ciccone’s father, a few months before the release of this album. Subject of losing a loved one is never an easy topic, which demonstrates telling loved ones we care about them is important. Another touching song is “L’infirmière”, which tells a story about how nurses work very hard in helping the injured and the sick. It also demonstrates the importance of the hard work the women and men put into their job of being a nurse.
“Quand on joue avec le feu” and “Les bon gars finissent dernier” are country songs. It’s not the first time he sings country. He pulls it off quite nicely, for a singer who sings mainly pop music. I love the humour in these songs. They definitely made me smile.
“Cette chanson-là, elle jouera pas à la radio” is a significant song about the French language being in danger of fading. This is especially significant for Quebec culture because French is the official language of the province.
Nicola Ciccone knows how to write about a variety of subjects with poetry and passion. His songs are fun and romantic. Also, they always have a personal touch to them that makes audience feel as though they know him. This is the case with Esprit Libre, an album that is deep and makes feel different emotions throughout the 10 songs.
My favourite songs from this album are: J’veux pas mourir avant d’être mort, Esprit Libre La Dolce Vita, “Quand on joue avec le feu”.