When I lived in Turin, I couldn’t find anyone who liked Carmen Consolì, from Sicily, even though she is one of Italy’s most popular recording artists. People I knew commented on her “nasal voice” and screwed up their faces. I liked her a lot. She combines intelligent lyrics with strong melodies and she is much less bland than most Italian rock singers.
Shades of Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs, but no one’s totally original.
Three song videos:
Amore di Plastica
Parole di Burro