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Anny Celsi / Press

“Anny Celsi is one of this city's smartest and catchiest pop songwriters but, as is the case with so many talented musicians, she's far more popular in Europe than in her hometown. She might even be too clever for her own good, adapting the lyrics of such early songs as "'Twas Her Hunger Brought Me Down" from a Theodore Dreiser novel and combining them with jangling power-pop melodies. On her latest album, January, Celsi revels in the simple pleasures of new friends and British record stores ("Travelogue"), hidden natural wonders ("Citybird") and the hope of romance ("Kaleidoscope Heart"). Love isn't always easy to find with "Ghosts in the Room," but she imbues sad, spare ballads like "Oh Baby, Is the Circus Back in Town?" with contemplative lyrics and intimately affecting vocals.”

“LA-based Anny Celsi composes and delivers folky pop-rock with effortless assurance and class. Now and then you might sense something of the vibe of of Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, or Jackie De Shannon or in her more melancholy moments the Cowboy Junkies or even mazzy Star, but her deep harmonic constructions are more fulsome than those acts (as though Lindsey Buckingham had a hand in the vocal layering). The more delicate tunes can slow your breathing to a sweet glide and the uptempo numbers have you searching for the keys to go driving to that sweet nowhere in particular...Celsi is a slightly unheralded and predictably underrated talent to clear your mind in today’s messy times.”

Michael Witheford - Time Out Melbourne

“sweet and dynamic tunes destined to be played from a soft-top car as it drives down to the beach...undeniably easy on the ear [with] an intellectual curve to allow the listener to dig deeper if needed.”

Gareth Hayes - R2 - Rock n' Reel Magazine

““….it’s just the perfect music; all summery, sunshine pop with gorgeous harmonies abounding…this rootsy, pop-flavoured collection of self-penned songs is a genuine winner.””

Alan Cackett - Maverick Magazine

“The pop doesn't get much smoother or cooler than on Ms Celsi's new CD, "January". From the toe-tapping groove of "Au Revoir, My Darling" to the multi-layered beauty of "Kaleidoscope Heart" - Anny and her supporting cast of All-Stars deliver the hits in spades. Chill out thru the Summer doldrums with this nine-pack of goodness from the "Queen of Cool-Pop" - Anny Celsi!”

“From the infectious pop-styled flow of “Au Revoir, My Darling” to the whimsical ’60s pop of “Travelogue” and Baroque folk nugget “Sank Without a Bubble,” there is winning blend of retro sonics and contemporary influences across Anny Celsi’s “January.” Whether tackling confessional folk rock (the toy piano-colored “Oh Baby, Is the Circus Back in Town?) or an effective cover of Steve Forbert’s “Wait,” there is a range and depth here equaled by the sheer joy of the performances.”

““Zelden straalt een album zo’n karakter uit. ‘January’ is een veelzijdig album dat ook heel wat Americana liefhebbers zal bekoren.””

““Het zijn popsongs waarvoor ooit eens het predicaat 'perfecte popsong' is uitgevonden. Celsi beheerst het schrijven van deze perfecte popsongs nog altijd tot in de perfectie en levert met "Januari" voor mij als Anny Celsi fan van het eerste uur een prachtplaat af maar ik denk dat dit geldt voor vrijwel iedere liefhebber van vrouwelijke singer-songwriters.””

““Fans of Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega and Jackie DeShannon will find much to enjoy … the tracks on January turn back the clock to a time when pop music was taken seriously””

““Anny Celsi…has been churning out first-class handmade music with songs that run deep enough to appeal to the folk & roots crowd while the arrangements are a far cry from morose traditionalism. With her mellifluous, well-tempered voice with a subtle hint of melancholia, Celsi draws us in while her poetic lyrics touch upon travel experiences, relationships and personal matters…What I’m trying to say: Anny Celsi is an original artist with a unique sound.””

““A classy and enduring slice of laid-back pop””

““…familiar styles -sunshine pop, country flavored rock -but done with a fresh approach and melodies that sound like instant hits.””

“Last Saturday night, the Corner Pub hosted Los Angeles singer/songwriter Anny Celsi. This talented young lady has it all as she writes well, sings well, plays guitar well ….Anny put on a great show and hopefully she will make Conroe a regular tour stop when she travels the Southwest and the Gulf Coast. And, hey guys, Anny is not bad on the eyes, either! ”

“Anny is adept at writing melodies that are instant yet never cloying and lyrically she really is something else. Anny is one of those artists whose lyrics stand on their own even without her melodies. But at the end of the day it’s in her vocals, while hours could be spent discussing which traces of our favourite female singers from the last 50 years can be heard in her songs, Anny does have a sound of her own and she is the owner of one of those voices that you can’t help but fall in love with. Anny is, simply, a superb vocalist. ”

“While classic pop and Byrds influences are noted in those reviews what many fail to mention is just how soulful Anny can sound at times. ‘Now You Can Hurt Me’ is an outstanding vocal performance by Anny that can break even the hardest of hearts. Again, despite superb backing it’s Anny’s vocals that draw you in. ”

““Chock full of slightlydelic pop jangle and West Coast harmonies…just a few seconds into the opening title track, and you’re being pulled into the same paisley patterned swirl as the one The Bangles caused…””

Goran Obradovic - Shindig!

“Fans of the US Pop Underground will not need to think too much about what to do with this wonderfully 60’s pop-channeling delight. Celsi has spared no effort in realizing the pure pop perfection required to present her faithful 60’s pop creations. All of which contributes to a heavenly concoction of 60’s country and folk rock as well as soulful balladry that reflects the heavy influence of many of the classic 60’s bands and artists but most particularly, The Byrds and Dusty Springfield. This is a glorious and lovingly crafted tribute to an era that continues to resonate to this day. In an age of throwaway dance anthems and cookie-cutter R’n’B, it is refreshing to have dedicated artists and musicians remind us of the beauty and wonder of what pop music once was in its heyday. That such wondrous music can still be re-created in our modern times gives me hope and encouragement for the future. So, kudos to Anny Celsi and Nelson Bragg for keeping the dream well and truly”

Kevin Mathews - Bucketful o’ Brains

“The title track is a good example of the Byrdsian jangle and exquisite psyche-pop harmonies perfect for a long car ride. Anny's follow up song "Thanksgiving In Hollywood" starts slow but grows to a rich folk tapestry of guitars, and then she does a country ballad on "First Love Freezes" with a melancholy, but beautiful vocal lead. The Motown soul balladry of "Now You Can Hurt Me" is a nice change of pace here, that compares well with those classic girl groups of the 60's. A bit of Bacharach styled pop is visible on "Own Sweet Time,"... A cover of Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra's "Some Velvet Morning" is so effective, I would be really cool with a full album of this type of material (okay guys, get to work). Another highlight here is the strong hook of "Piece of Heaven," full of jangle guitars and floating background harmonies. Anny is super talented here and the production work is superb as well. Fans of classic sixties pop influences should pick this one up right away.”

“Hailing from sunny California, Anny Celsi is a stunning singer-songwriter steeped in the traditions of Jackie DeShannon, Suzanne Vega and Nicolette Larson. Though she is more classic pop than country or rootsy, I have a feeling that a good many Maverick readers will readily embrace this excellent album. She has surrounded herself with some crack West Coast sessioneers including Brian Wilson band members Probyn Gregory, Scott Bennett and Nick Walusko, keyboardist Carl Bryon and the late Amy Farris. There is a stunning revival of Lee Hazlewood's Some Velvet Morning with producer Nelson Bragg's vocal proving to be the perfect evocative counterfoil to Anny and Sally Go Round the Roses featuring Evie Sands. The rest are all Anny's originals, and they don't come much better than Now You Can Hurt Me, which could have been a 1960's DeShannon classic or the country-flavoured First Love Freezes with its Byrds-vibe and lush string arrangement. Yeah, seek out and enjoy."”

Alan Cackett - Maverick

“I didn’t have the opportunity to properly make Tangle Free World’s acquaintance until relatively recently. Had I been able to give it a proper listen sooner, however, it definitely would have earned a place in my 2009 year-end top 10. Produced for the most part by the ridiculously talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nelson Bragg (from Brian Wilson’s band), TFW is jam packed with tuneful, heartfelt gems that run the stylistic gamut from jangle-pop to lite soul with slight detours into folk and ’60s girl group goodness. The one constant that ties the package together is Anny Celsi’s beautifully expressive voice, which is at once sweet and soulful, with a depth and richness that eludes many singers. Whether the tunes are brisk (such as the disc-opening title track, highlighted by a wonderful backing vocal arrangement courtesy of LA-area musician Adam Marsland) or downcast (the Stax love letter “Now You Can Hurt Me”), Celsi puts ‘em across with equal verve a”

John Borach - Goldmine

““…be amazed but, more importantly, be won completely over with an artist that catapults over her previous work and makes an album filled with first-class musical craftings.””

Bruce Brodeen - Not Lame