Anny Celsi | Tangle-Free World

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Tangle-Free World

by Anny Celsi

Continuing in the pop-noir vein she mined on Little Black Dress, this album retains Anny's "beatnik cool" feel and storyteller’s eye for detail while expanding her musical landscape, with influences ranging from The Byrds to Burt Bacharach.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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2. Thanksgiving in Hollywood
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3. First Love Freezes
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4. The Night She Learned to Drive
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5. Now You Can Hurt Me
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6. Own Sweet Time
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7. Some Velvet Morning
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8. Dream Boy
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9. Piece of Heaven
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10. Sally Go Round the Roses
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Al Kooper’s ‘Cream of ’09 Musical Crop’ (Boston Herald) "I'm a fan!" -- Al Kooper

“… Byrdsian jangle and exquisite psyche-pop harmonies perfect for a long car ride…Fans of classic sixties pop influences should pick this one up right away.” – Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic

"...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 alive." – Kevin Mathews, Bucketful O' Brains

“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!

“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…Anny Celsi’s beautifully expressive voice is at once sweet and soulful, with a depth and richness that eludes many singers.” -- John Borack, Goldmine

With the release of 'Little Black Dress and Other Stories,' Anny Celsi evoked comparisons to artists like Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega and Jackie DeShannon – all songwriters distinguished by a literary voice that is every bit as vital to the listener as her singing voice. Little Black Dress established Anny internationally as an artist worthy of a second listen. And that second listen has arrived.

Guests from L.A.’s musical whirl who stopped by the studio to contribute to “Tangle-Free World” include 60’s icon Evie Sands, Brian Wilson Band members Probyn Gregory, Scott Bennett and Nick Walusko (also of Wondermints), ubiquitous string-bender and former child actor Robbie Rist, Chaos Band members Adam Marsland and Teresa Cowles, violinist Amy Farris and keyboardist Carl Byron.

"Thank god this is a CD. If it were vinyl, I'd be on my dozenth copy!"
- Chris Fradkin, co-author of The Plimsouls’ "A Million Miles Away"

"Tangle-Free World has so many of the things that got you to fall in love with pop music in the first place-evoking but never imitating. If you look beyond the gorgeous and catchy melodies you'll hear lyrics that read like great short stories and production ideas that tell you that you're on to something special" -- Gary Stewart, former A&R, Rhino Records

I was blown away by this CD from the very first listen.…gorgeous, melodic … virtually every song could be a single. One of the best albums of the decade.” -- John Etherington, nickdrake.com

“…a winner and should appeal to a wide range of fans…it comes with my highest recommendation.” – Andrew Gladwin, Cabin Essence

“…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

“A multi-faceted gem of musical brilliance…Ever hear a song that literally makes you feel electric? Something so beautiful and moving that you feel kind of numb and awe-struck? Put on the title track of "Tangle Free World" (and) expect a wonderful auditory experience. Beautiful melody, catchy, exquisite harmonies, and a rhythm track that would make for perfect driving music.” Laurie Biagini

“The perfect balance of polish and raw soul. You know those favorite recordings where EVERY cut is a gem? Tangle Free World is one of those.” Amazon.com Listener Review




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Laurie Biagini

A Gem of a Record - Americana-Folk-Pop perfection!
Every once in awhile, an album comes along that impacts me such to a point that I simply have to write about it. I purchased Anny Celsi's album "Tangle-Free World" and after hearing the first few bars of the title track, this album grabbed my attention, and I turned the volume, up - way up! By the time I got to the third track I decided that it's time to put on my writer hat and review this gem of a record.

Ever hear a song that literally makes you feel electric? Something so beautiful and moving that you feel kind of numb and awe-struck? Put on the title track of "Tangle Free World" and if you're like me, expect a wonderful auditory experience. Beautiful melody, catchy, exquisite harmonies, and a rhythm track that would make for perfect driving music. This song will head to the front of the list of my favorites to listen to while driving fast along scenic highways.

"Thanksgiving in Hollywood" is another favorite on this album. Starts out with a bit of a melancholy introduction then picks up the pace with plenty of jangly guitars (which I love) and some very cool organ and lead guitar contributing to a wonderful folk-pop sound. The mood is a bit dark and mysterious, yet uplifting at the same time. One of my favorite tracks on the album.

Another favorite is "First Love Freezes", a beautiful melody and Anny's soft and haunting vocal is perfect for this very pretty ballad. Again, complemented by lush harmony vocals and I absolutely love the guitar work in this one.

"The Night She Learned to Drive" is a wonderful tune that has such heartfelt lyrics, and is performed with a vibe of re-assurance and hope. The song has the perfect feel to match the theme of the lyrics. It's another song that features a travelling rhythm that would be great to listen to on a road trip. A beautiful example of classic Americana in its most perfect form.

Also add "Piece of Heaven" to my list of favorite tracks on this album - a fun, upbeat jangly pop tune with a classic Monkee-esque sound from my favorite pop era. This one will not only get your toes-tapping, but you may easily find yourself singing along to this very catchy track.

"Sally Go Round the Roses", a fantastic cover of the Jaynetts 1963 hit, is pure fun. Pop music legend Evie Sands and Teresa Cowles provide backing vocals which add another dimension to the overall girl-group feel of this great song. The sixties vibe is well-preserved in the production, but with a cleaner, fresher sound. The "tangle-free" outtro at the end was quite a pleasant surprise as well!

I previously had somewhat limited interest in Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra's "Some Velvet Morning", but the version on this album so beautifully performed by Anny Celsi and Nelson Bragg, has garnered repeated listens. Their flawless soulful vocals, combined with a beautifully performed instrumental track have resulted in a new interest in this classic for this listener.

This album has so many dimensions to it that really give the record an overall dynamic of several moods and vibes that intertwine together so well, yet keeping a smooth path or 'tangle-free' experience for the listener. Anny really shines in this album. A must-have for your collection, this album has been added to my favorites and will inevitably get extensive play from this fan.
10 out of 10!

~Laurie Biagini

Andrew Gladwin

Tangled Up In Soul
Anny Celsi is part of the extended family of Los Angeles musicians with extensive links to Brian Wilson. Indeed, her latest album is produced by Nelson Bragg, and Anny and Nelson have been touring Europe together.
The new album is a winner and should appeal to a wide range of fans – it should be essential listening for Brian Wilson fans as well fans of Nelson Bragg’s smooth Day Into Night. There is a lot of variety on the album, but also a lot of care on each track- some highlights include the classic country pop of First Love Freezes, the soulfully brilliant Now You Can Hurt Me, and the wonderful pop sounds of Own Sweet Time. Nelson Bragg shares vocals on the cover of Lee Hazelwood’s Some Velvet Morning, while the other cover Sally Go Round The Roses features Evie Sands. My personal favorite is the aching closer Paper Umbrella which is really lovely and deserves a lot more exposure.
Nelson Bragg brings in some of the smooth West Coast production touches of his own solo, but there is also a great sense of the Wrecking Crew sound of Brian Wilson’s most famous works. Overall, there is genuine quality here and it comes with my highest recommendation.

Patty Dusman

Amazing & Addictive
I have had this CD for several weeks now and it has quickly become one of my favorites. It hasn't been easy waiting for this new CD from Anny ever since I heard that she was working on it. It has certainly been worth the wait. Tangle-Free World doesn't disappoint and is a must for any fan of Anny Celsi's or her previous album Little Black Dress. Anny's songwriting is absolutely magical with lyrics that paint a picture and music that invites you to come along for the ride. It is a great CD with 11 perfect songs. The special guest artists and Nelson Bragg's production are a perfect complement.

Richard Snow

One of the best albums of 2009
11 tracks of sonic beauty. Anny's effortlessly cool vocals sit on top of a beautiful production,largely by Nelson Bragg.

Along the the way you pick up a vibe of Burt Bacharach, Chrissie Hynde, Glen Campbell, Jim Webb, Paul Williams, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. Talking of whom, there is a first class cover of that couples "Some Velvet Morning" Anny and Nelson share the vocals and fellow Brian Wilson bandmate Nick Walusko provides the haunting baritone guitar. Dare I say it, for me it beats Lee and Nancy's version.

"Thanksgiving in Hollywood" brings to mind Tom Petty or The Pretenders in one of their Byrds influenced moments. It's my personal favourite on the record, play it loud!
"The Night She Learned to Drive" and "Dream Boy" really show case Anny's cool voice. They're both about as fine examples of songwriting as you'll find anywhere.
The latter, at one point breaks down to a wall of breathtaking harmonies.

I put this album in my top 10 for 2009. Buy it, you'll love it too!