Vincio Capostella is one of the most original of contemporary Italian vocalists. This is an early album and it shows a mature talent on his way up. Vincio does not limit himself--either here or in later albums--to a single style of vocal music. The one constant in his work is backing by a tight and well-arranged group of instrumental musicians. I own Tom Waits CDs and a few of Vincio's songs are delivered in that vein. Other reviewers point to the 'late-night, barroom' vibe of these songs and, when he sings in that idiom, they are right. His focus on these numbers is, first, the atomosphere. Almost on a par with that, he focuses on language and his fluency in rapidly articulating a poetic lyric. Other songs are more straight jazz presentations. I am sure that I would have more to say if my Italian language skills were better.
Persons who want to know more about Italian contemporary music than Louis Prima or atmospheric accordians and gondola tenors will get an eye-opening earful from this artist's work.