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Why Maneskin Doesn’t Represent Any Musical Revolution

The photograph of a perfectly successful gear and worthy of the podium of the Sanremo stage

By Giulietta Riva

No, I’m not a music critic and no I have no intention of giving some enlightening explanation on the subject Maneskin. Sometimes writing is a useful companion for shaping reflections.

But stop chatting, talking about why I’m writing: since their first appearance at X Factor Italy, the band has bewitched most of the eyes (even mine) glued to the screen and the whole, alas, now concept far away, audience in the studio. It was the year 2017.

It was not a musical exploit. “Chosen” the unreleased song did not arouse the interest of any musical mentor in the immediate. And it was not even an impactful aesthetic plane message. The band showed up on stage cool in the summer with a clothing (ugly) back from tribal music festival.

As for the ability to hold the stage, well this, from the beginning, was another story.

Immediately, the four children demonstrated their animalistic character, putting on a show that would last for the next three months and that each time would have the sacrosanct cheek to take your breath away.

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Måneskin (@maneskinofficial)

Then, X Factor ends, their second position arouses controversy over a first Lorenzo Licitra who before winning had decided to leave the stage and the band begins a tour of cover: I was there.

Once again, from a perfect talent experiment to Santeria Social Club, the Maneskins reconfirm themselves as stage animals. The personality that distinguishes them individually and that makes them part of a strategic ecosystem is the winning key. And the question: “Why do you like Maneskin?” no need to answer.

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Måneskin (@maneskinofficial)

But the question arises: “What will they do next?”, because the cover tour is good for the unpretentious but then, for them too, comes the moment of initiation to the album.

October 2018 comes out “Il ballo della vita” that is not up to expectations and despite the film of making of to replenish an idea mostly missing brings out another unparalleled feature of the band of Monteverde: the meticulousness. Fussy, perfectionists, ambitious, they do, in fact, what a normal kid of their age would do, they leave. To “study” in London.

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Måneskin (@maneskinofficial)

After a year and a half comes the time of returning home, the time of “Vent’anni”, a declaration of love to the 70s that feeds, however, a musical evolution not indifferent. They call it a contemporary ballad. But beware, no revolution in progress. Simple phenomenology of a band exploded at an age little aware that slowly captures the fruits of its seeming maturity.

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Måneskin (@maneskinofficial)

March 2021: the band wins Sanremo with “Zitti e buoni”.

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Måneskin (@maneskinofficial)

All right, all right, as long as you don’t yell at the revolution. Because meticulousness is not subversion of the rules and sometimes is enough just doing something, ça va sans dire, and doing it well. Big up @maneskin!