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Greek Tragedy

   
 

Vissi's Antidote to Love 

   

 

  

 

The Greek Cypriot superstar Anna Visssi brings the passions, jealousies, and melodrama of the ancient Hellenic gods to pop music.  Having traded Mt. Olympus for an auditorium stage, Vissi's husky soulful voice alternates between full-blown ecstasy and sobbing despair, juxtaposing modern pop phrasings with traditional Greek and Balkan vocal techniques, the electric guitar with traditional bouzouki and klarino

Vissi's 1988 triple platinum album Antidoto (with music by her husband Nikos Karavelas) brings out both a fragile romantic side as well as her wilder, animalistic sensibilities.  For a study in musical contrasts, listen first to the playfully light ballad Magava tout, a duet with Paris Karagiannopoulos, and then move on to the title track Antidoto, where Vissi revels in the Mediterranean obsession with merging love and death, found also in Portuguese fado and Arabic folk songs: 

My mouth goes dry
My entire body goes numb
I sense the end is approaching
Such coldness…

Vissi is passionate, raging, melodramatic - Hera made flesh - but also gives in to the terrible power of love: 

And I will live only if
I find another love, an antidote
Because the beating of my heart
Will bring me to my end

Her singing is throbbing, delirious controlled emotion, a song that could have been hurled to Earth like an angry bolt of lightning by Zeus, or perhaps unleashed like a most enchanting spell by Aphrodite, the goddess of love.  

 

Listen:  Antidoto, Anna Vissi 

 

 

       
 

 
       
     

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