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Reviewed by Carsten Busch

This CD is definitely one of my favourites of the year. The good impression starts from just looking at the packaging: a “Dalì-like” painting on the thick carton of the fold-out LP cover, that graces both the LP and the CD version (miniaturized of course). But people familiar with the Italian Akarma label will already be used their great packaging.

Striking fact is that Italian five-piece Periferia Del Mondo is the first “living” band to release an album on Akarma. They nevertheless fit in perfectly with the rest of the repertoire, since it sounds 100% as if it’s typical Italian Prog from the seventies. Wind instruments (especially clarinet, but also sax and flute) play an important role, but overall it’s a varied album. Take “Brand-y”, which sounds exactly like Colosseum, but then with a violin and a drum solo (which could have been two minutes shorter if you ask me), or “Ladro”: jazzy and bluesy and again with a Colosseum-twist, or “Leave your daily” (indeed both English and Italian lyrics appear on the album) which brings busy typical Prog with a neo touch (à la Iluvatar) and Kayak-like vocals (especially thanks to the tempo of singing).

Remarkable are the guest appearances: Francesco Di Giacomo of Banco, who sings on opening piece “L’infedele” together with soprano Stefania Mastrogiovanni and accompanied by Banco member Rodolfo Maltese on guitars and guitar synthesizer.

All together, this makes this CD one of the most recommendable CD’s of this year, if you ask me. By the way, the track listing on the back cover doesn’t match with that of the CD. The correct one would be: 1 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 3 – 2.
 Carsten Busch