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The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere (deluxe version) CD + DVD 16 + 8 Sugar (Italian label) 1746897 602517468979
The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere CD 17 Decca Records 602517467989
The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere CD 16 Sugar (Italian label) 0602517466807 602517466807
The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere CD 15 Decca Records B0009988‐02 602517467910
The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere CD 17 Decca Records
The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere CD 16 Sugar (Italian label) 1746680 602517466807
The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere CD 16 Sugar (Italian label) 602517467927
Lo mejor de Andrea Bocelli: Vivere CD 16 Sugar (Italian label) 06025 1746772 9 602517467729
The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere CD + DVD 17 + 8 Decca Records B0010179-00 602517495470
The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere (unknown) 18 Universal Classics & Jazz (Japanese company - read the annotation before using!) UCCS-1118 4988005508386
The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere CD 15 Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America) 600753289990

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The songs on this disc don't really lend themselves to traditional critical scrutiny. And, as tempting as it is to take a series of shots at the open goal of Bocelli's musical style, it would probably be more useful to the millions out there who will no doubt buy this album to simply highlight a few pros and cons in the approaches taken.

Yes, most of the arrangements on Vivere would prove mildly offensive to many even if heard spilling from the long bar at the back of a cross-channel ferry. But there are some engaging, even captivating techniques in their arrangements which demonstrate distinct skill: textures are built up slowly and with patience, the harmonic variations verse-to-verse are sometimes imaginative, and the orchestrations – from the string writing to the Bond-esque glissando bass guitar – are occasionally classy.

What might prove disappointing, then, is that even in his 'best of' album, the singer himself frequently fails to match these effects. Despite some vocal 'moments' in "Time to Say Goodbye" and "Vivo per Lei", Bocelli demonstrates a general inability to deliver vocal lines with any sense of drama, colour or direction. The communicative talents of his guests Sarah Brightman, Céline Dion and pianist Lang Lang only serve to highlight this. For vocal contrast he resorts to a more closely-miked gravel-toned delivery, which in a crude edit at 2'26 in "Il Mare Calmo Della Serra" is shunted jarringly up against his standard light vibrato mezzo-forte.

Despite this, the one or two pieces in which the basic musical texture is left to its own devices are the least troublesome. "Besame Mucho", for example: a simple song in the Spanish guitar style which seems sublimely uncluttered and honest against the key-changes, jingly-janglies and beat machines that permeate the rest of the disc. But when decent musicianship is on show, as from the sensitive guitarist in "Besame Mucho" and the evocative flautist in "La Voce Del Silenzo", it's Bocelli who's shown up. Sadly though, those instrumentalists aren't credited – not even in the booklet's small print.