He’s Italy’s breakout star of 2019. And following his victory at Sanremo earlier this year, Mahmood made sure to strike while the iron was still hot and dropped his debut album Gioventù Bruciata. Naturally, we’ve been focusing on his Eurovision entry, “Soldi”, over recent weeks. But, we thought it was finally time to take a listen to the rest of the LP and discover what other musical treats the Italian singer has for us.
The record was originally released as an EP in September 2018, with a total of seven tracks making the cut. But after February’s release that rose to eleven, following the addition of Eurovision song “Soldi”, “Il Nilo nel Naviglio”, “Remo”, and a special version of “Soldi” featuring Guè Pequeno.
Of course, “Soldi” has gone on to become a massive hit. Certified double platinum in Italy, the track even reached the Spotify Top 200 Global charts.
Speaking of global appeal, Mahmood has also cracked the top 25 of the charts in Switzerland with his Sanremo winning track, gaining gold certification in the process. The full album also hit the top 50 in Switzerland, after peaking at number one in the star’s home country.
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GIOVENTÙ BRUCIATA – 21/09/2018 Sto dove volevo essere da un pezzo. Seduto sul letto di camera mia sapendo che venerdì uscirà il mio primo ep. Dentro troverete dei pezzi scritti durante gli ultimi 3 anni e mezzo. Ne ho voluti scegliere 5 perché sentivo che svelarvi tutto subito non era nel mio stile. Non parlo di me nelle stories ,non faccio mai dirette ,ma sono sicuro che ascoltando queste canzoni potrete conoscermi un po' meglio. Sono felice e consapevole di aver scelto un percorso non facile, l'unica cosa che mi auguro è di non stancarmi mai.
Gioventù Bruciata – Contemporary Yet Unique
Mahmood shows a number of different sides to himself on this record. From his Eurovision entry “Soldi”, to softer sounds like “Il Nilo nel Naviglio”, there’s a lot of variety to be found here.
There are also elements of electropop in the mix, as can be heard in “Anni 90”.
Overall, the record plays with contrasts while still being able to put it all in a defined box. The Italian singer plays with sounds and instrumentation while keeping the whole project very cohesive.
“Soldi” is the opening track of the album. Given that it’s the song we all know (and keep on replay), it’s a wise decision and helps make people stick around.
The title track, “Gioventù Bruciata” (translated as “Wasted Youth”), is a bit slower than the opener. With lyrics including “if farewells were fashionable you would be number one on trending”, it becomes clear that Mahmood is singing about a specific person in life.
“Uramaki” is more uptempo than its predecessor and comes with great production. The Italian star takes a more laid back approach on “Il Nilo nel Naviglio”, before “Anni 90” (featuring Fabri Fibra) subsequently goes in the complete opposite direction.
On “Remo”, the Sanremo winner sings about that moment in a relationship where it’s too late to fix all that has gone wrong. Meanwhile, “Milano Good Vibes” brings tropical elements onto the record.
What do you think about Mahmood’s project? Do you think he’s heading for a global career? And what are your personal favourites on this album? Sound off in the the comments section below!