I am so pathetically behind the times when it comes to most new singers in today's music scene. That's probably why I never heard any of the songs of the quartet Il Divo before today (and they've been around for two years already!).
Boy bands have been around for a long time. And while their songs may be popular and are generally chart-toppers, it's not the type of music I enjoy listening to. But I think Il Divo is a boy band I can like, even if it was created by Simon Cowell (infamous judge at American Idol, a show that I loathe).
My friend LAR (she's a good person) let me hear a copy of their album Ancora, and I really liked it. They're kind of like the Three Tenors, only younger (and plus one, of course). They're also cute, but not really my type.
My taste in music encompasses a very wide range, and the music of this tenor quartet fits neatly into that niche in my musical preference for Italian and Spanish love songs (case in point: Josh Groban's Si Volvieras a Mi and Per Te). I don't care much for some of the "crossover" songs on the album, but Si Tu Me Amas tugs at my heartstrings. It's a sad, sad love song; it's just beautiful. And Senza Catene, their version of the Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody, makes me want to take up pottery-making.
I remember the movie A Fish Called Wanda, where Jamie Lee Curtis' character is reduced to a mass of quivering, horny female flesh whenever Kevin Kline's character would speak a foreign language. I can identify with Jamie Lee somewhat in this sense. What is it about European accents that's so damn sexy?