L'isola di niente

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L'isola di niente
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Studio album by
GenreProgressive rock
LabelNumero Uno
ProducerClaudio Fabi
Premiata Forneria Marconi chronology
Photos of Ghosts
L'isola di niente
The World Became the World
Original Studio Album chronology
Per un amico
L'isola di niente
Chocolate kings

L'isola di niente ("The Isle of Nothing") is the fourth album by Italian progressive rock band Premiata Forneria Marconi, released in 1974. Like the group's previous albums, it is sung Italian and performed well in Italy. The English version, The World Became the World features all of the tracks on L'isola di niente plus the title track, which is an English version of "Impressioni di Settembre". English lyrics were provided, as previously, by Peter Sinfield.

L'isola di niente is a progressive rock album which has been described as being more complex than their previous records, additionally incorporating elements of jazz rock. In an Allmusic review, the album was given a positive review, being deemed PFM's last masterpiece, yet was rated slightly lower than their previous records. Tracks such as "La Luna Nuova" and "Dolcissima Maria" continue to be performed in their live set.

Composition and critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

L'isola di niente is a progressive rock album at its core, yet shows greater influences from jazz fusion music.[2] Described as more complex and confusing than their previous records, it ranges from symphonic rock-oriented progressive songs ("La Luna Nuova") to jazz rock-influenced pieces ("Via Lumiere").[3] The lyrics are also sung in Italian, with the exception of the second track, "Is My Face on Straight?". The album contains the presence of long tracks, especially "L'isola di niente" which is 10:48 minutes long, and makes use of a synthesized choir.[4]

In an Allmusic review, François Couture wrote positively on the album, giving it a four out of five star rating,[5] and labelling it a "masterpiece" and "one of the first Italian progressive rock wave's finest records",[6] despite deeming it more "confusing" than its predecessors and "more of an acquired taste".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Franco Mussida, Mauro Pagani, and Flavio Premoli, except where noted.

Side one
1."L'isola di niente"10:48
2."Is My Face on Straight" (Mussida, Premoli, Peter Sinfield)6:41
Side two
1."La Luna Nuova"6:26
2."Dolcissima Maria"4:08
3."Via Lumiére" (Mussida, Premoli)7:23