Isettande was recorded in four places (Milan, Cagliari, live on a radio show in Milan and in a festival in Orisano) but that variety of location doesn't relieve the rather generic, somewhat ineffective ambience of the work as a whole. My perception of this album was of a continuous flow of words on top of a musical background that appeared stifled and weakened. This is in part due to the idiosyncratic lead vocals of Valeria Martini, rending the songs with an air of gravity reminiscent of Italian pop singers like Gianna Nannini.
There are traces of an interesting band in the making on Isettande and it would be enticing to hear their better songs on their own, catch them live or wait for their next album. The present album, however, is only for the most dedicated fans of Sardinian music. - Nondas Kitsos
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