January (Anny Celsi) | 3/5
This is yet another nugget from the US pop underground as songstress Anny Celsi provides classic pop fans with a collection of erudite songwriting. Fans of Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega and Jackie DeShannon will find much to enjoy on Janaury, Celsi’s latest work. Backed by some of the scene’s outstanding musicians, the tracks on January turn back the clock to a time when pop music was taken seriously: The ’60s and ’70s. There is a rustic and tender ambience that pervades this release with a strong country and folk vibe running through gorgeous songs like Travelogue, Ghosts In The Room and Sank Without A Bubble. Elsewhere, female-fronted ’60s pop get a generous airing with tunes like the sprightly Au Revoir My Darling and the emotional balladic Wait. Above all, Celsi’s soothing voice delivers a relaxed mood as a melancholy tone is conjured by lyrical concepts.