Re matto

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Re matto
Re matto (2010) album cover.jpg
EP by Marco Mengoni
Released 17 February 2010
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop, Pop rock
Length 24:16
Language Italian
Label Sony BMG
Producer Stefano Calabrese, Stella Fabiani, Marco Mengoni, Gianluca Vaccaro
Marco Mengoni chronology
Dove si vola
(2009)Dove si vola2009
Re matto
Re matto live
(2010)Re matto live2010
Singles from Re matto
  1. "Credimi ancora"
    Released: 17 February 2010
  2. "Stanco (Deeper Inside)"
    Released: 7 May 2010
  3. "In un giorno qualunque"
    Released: 1 October 2010

Re matto (Italian: [ˈre mˈmatto]; English: "Mad king") is the second studio EP[1][2] by Italian singer Marco Mengoni. In Italy the album sold more than 82.000 copies[3] and received double platinum certification from the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[4]

The first single taken from the album was "Credimi ancora". The song ranked 3rd in the 60th Sanremo Music Festival[5] and debuted at number 3 on the Italian Singles Chart.[6]

The other singles from the album were "Stanco (Deeper Inside)", released in May 2011,[7] and the ballad "In un giorno qualunque", released on 1 October 2010.[8]


In October 2010, Mengoni explained the reason why he decided to title his album Re matto (in English, "Crazy king"):[9]

King because, when you participate in a talent show they put you on a pedestal, even if when you go back home you realize that you didn't change and that you don't have a crown on your head. Crazy is the word that I hope will follow me for my whole life: crazy people are the most free existing beings.

The album was recorded in early 2010, immediately after the release of the first album by Mengoni, "Dove si vola". It was produced by Stefano Calabrese, Stella Fabiani, Marco Mengoni and Gianluca Vaccaro for "Cantieri Musicali".[10]

Composition and themes[edit]

The album features songs with different musical styles: "Credimi ancora" is a symphonic rock song,[11] while "Questa notte" and "In un giorno qualunque" are typical Italian-style pop ballads. Other tracks are influenced by dance music, such as "Fino a ieri", while the second single, "Stanco (Deeper Inside)" has been described by critics as a pop-house song.[12] Moreover, the Italian critic Mario Luzzatto Fegiz wrote that in "Re matto" Mengoni sometimes calls to mind David Bowie and Lou Reed.[13]

During an interview with the Italian radio programme "Deejay chiama Italia", Mengoni said that he chose to record an album with different types of songs in order to allow himself to follow different expressive styles in the future.[14] During the same interview, he stated that the song "Questa Notte" was influenced by Paolo Nutini's music.[14]

Release and promotion[edit]

Marco Mengoni during a concert in San Benedetto del Tronto

The digital version of the album was released on 17 February 2010, two days before the physical version. To promote the album, Mengoni participated in the 60th Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Credimi ancora".[15] Moreover, Mengoni appeared in several Italian TV programmes, including "Domenica In",[16] "Domenica 5"[17] and "Porta a Porta".[18]

From February 2010 to March 2010 Mengoni promoted his album through an in-store tour,[19] while the "Re matto tour", the singer's first tour, officially started on 3 May 2010 in Milan[20] and ended in September 2010 with a concert in the same town, at the PalaSharp arena during the "Festa dell'Unità".[21] The "Re matto tour" consisted of 56 concerts throughout Italy.[22]


Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 1 on the Italian Albums Chart, holding down the number one spot for four weeks.[23] In April 2010 it was certified Platinum[24] and in January 2011 the copies sold by Re matto were more than 82.000.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[11]
Musica e dischi 3.5/5 stars[25]

The album received mixed reviews. Jason Birchmeier gave the album a negative review, claiming that "there's little substance on this 24-minute EP and too much of the material is half-baked".

Guido Marco gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote on the Italian music magazine Musica e dischi that "the mix of vocal neurotic flashes on a pop rock musical texture, with an absolutely simple and incisive lexicon, makes of Mengoni something more than a promise".[25]

Italian popular critic Mario Luzzatto Fegiz wrote on the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera that Mengoni is not always at the same level as in "Credimi Ancora", but he has charisma and a great gift in giving renditions of his song.[13]

Track list[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Credimi ancora" Mengoni, Stella Fabiani, Piero Calabrese, Massimo Calabrese 3:27
2. "Questa notte" Mengoni, Stefano Calabrese, P. Calabrese, M. Calabrese 3:21
3. "Stanco (Deeper Inside)" Mengoni, Fabiani, P. Calabrese, M. Calabrese, S. Calabrese 4:04
4. "In un giorno qualunque" Mengoni, P. Calabrese 3:42
5. "Fino a ieri" Mengoni, Antongiulio Frulio, Ernesto Leveque, M. Calabrese, P. Calabrese 3:22
6. "In viaggio verso me" Mengoni, M. Calabrese, P. Calabrese 2:45
7. "La guerra" Mengoni, M. Calabrese, P. Calabrese 3:26
iTunes bonus tracks[26]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Tears in Heaven" (Eric Clapton Cover - live) Eric Clapton 4:45
9. "Stanco (Deeper Inside)" (Mistify Noise Remix) Mengoni, Fabiani, P. Calabrese, M. Calabrese, S. Calabrese 4:27

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
Certification Sales
Italian Albums Chart[23][27] 1 2× Platinum[4] 82.000+[3]
European Top 100 Albums[28] 29

Year-end charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2010 Italian Albums Chart[29] 9
Preceded by
Soldier of Love by Sade
Italian Albums Chart number-one album
15 February 2010 – 15 March 2010
Succeeded by
Oltre by Emma Marrone


  • Marco Mengoni – vocals, backing vocals
  • Fabio Gurian – strings
  • Piero Calabrese – keyboards, computer programming
  • Massimo Calabrese – bass
  • Stefano Calabrese – electric guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Alessandro Canini – drums
  • Roberto Procaccinipiano, keyboards, computer programming
  • Peter Cornacchia – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar
  • Marco Rinalduzzi – acoustic guitar, twelve-string guitar
  • Davide Colomba – backing vocals
  • Giovanni Pallotti – bass
  • Chris Cags – radio speaker
  • Andrea Secchi – intro radio editing concept


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