I suppose you don't expect me to come up with an Italian lawyer, but here I am, with 1987's Max from Paolo Conte, the Italian answer to our Jacques Brel or France's George Brassens. It's from the album Aguaplano, with which he broke through in Europe, though he had been making music for mre than a decade in his homeland. Sorry if this number brings you down a little too, but it's dripping in melancholy because Mr. Conte is mourning a friend, recently deceased at the time.
Absolutely marvellous ballad from Cracker, a Californian alternative rock band around singer David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman. The Big Dipper, from the 1996 album The Golden Age.