This is a gutsy raw selection of Italian folk music. For some reason I haven't much Italian music in my collection- I'm au fait with French, Spanish, Scandinavian, and Balkan bands, but the odd Italian touring group has never stirred my soul. Although there are moments on this album where I can hear echoes of my more cherished groups- Blowzabella, Malicorne- and a general edge of Breton bands- I don't feel inspired to track down the full albums by the artistes. The tracks are growing on me the more I play them, but they lack an edge- maybe that's just in the nature of copyright selection (less successful bands will be more eager to be included) and the individual collator's tastes. I've just found you can get a short sample on worldmusic dot net's site of each roughguide album, so you can try before you buy there at least.