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Emotional Wreck

by Chris Valenti - Singer/Songwriter/Emotional Wreck

As a musician Valenti is outstanding, but it's his writing - great lyrics, catchy songs and a twisted point of view - that shines the brightest. Clever and slightly crazed, his tunes are the perfect antidotes for these serious times."
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1. Ghost of Your Ex
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2. Passive Aggressive
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3. Boyfriend
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4. Don't Pass Out
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5. See You Next Tuesday
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6. Heidi
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7. The Princess
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8. Are You Over Me?
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9. Smile, Smell, Kiss
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10. Bargainning Advice For Ex-Girlfriends
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11. Don't Need You Anymore
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13. Booty Call
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hot 100 Unsigned Artist List, 2003 & 2004 - Music Connection

Chris Valenti
Singer / Songwriter / Emotional Wreck

"For a self-proclaimed emotional wreck, Chris Valenti is an accomplished artist. With that description forming his identity and a motto that states, "I have a heart on today!" Valenti is also a funny guy. His folk songs are smart, quirky and just plain weird, but they draw the crowd into his bizarro world. His material explores life's absurdities and relationships gone wrong. A modern day Don Quixote, he's always chasing impossible dreams. Whether he's trying to hook up with a femme fatale or simply dealing with life's frustrations, his focus on minutia and insightful observations are hilarious. This is an artist who clearly knows how to entertain with great lyrics, catchy songs and a twisted point of view.

For a funnyman, Valenti is an awfully intense musician. In fact, there's nothing comical about his musical skills. He plays hard and sings well. His vocals are dramatic, emphasizing each emotion -- and there are many -- in each song. A singing storyteller, he brings you on a journey that feels like Disneyland's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Valenti effortlessly dodges the "novelty" marker by making his songs real and poignant. Like small vignettes set to music, they are as fascinating as they are compelling.

Chris Valenti is a multi-talented artist who once dressed as a giant penis and performed his entire repertoire on Santa Monica Boulevard. He's also an actor/producer who wrote and starred in a film called Sensitive Johnson, a little story about a premature ejaculator. As a musician Valenti is outstanding, but it's his songwriting that shines the brightest. Clever and slightly crazed, his tunes are the perfect antidotes for these serious times."

--Bernard Baur, Music Connection Magazine

During the past couple years Chris has performed at many music and comedy clubs around Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. As well as having songs placed in TV and Film, many of his tunes are featured in the feature film Sensitive Johnson, which he also wrote and played the lead role. Sensitive Johnson has been featured in many independent film festivals including Dances with Films, New Filmmakers series NYC, Park City Film Music, etc. More information on screening dates of the movie and gig dates for Chris's live music can be found at www.SensitiveJohnson.com.


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Matthew Finch, Music Director, KUNM-FM

ranks with Joni Mitchell's "Blue" as one of the best breakup records ever
Chris, o Chris,

Where were you, say, in 1986? This record could've saved me a lot of time & money back then.
I think this maybe ranks with Joni Mitchell's "Blue" as one of the best breakup records I've ever heard, but Joni didn't find her sense of humor until years later. I also notice the sequencing is vaguely reminiscent of the 5 (or was it 8?) Stages of Grief by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

I'll be adding it to New Releases next week -- of course with 6 of the 12 songs not FCC-friendly your best shot for airplay is between 10pm & 5:59am. I'd love to play "Don't Need You Anymore" for Xmas eve, but I'm on in the afternoon. I will have a shot on the night of Dec 28th & I'll definitely play it then.

Do you work solo in performance or do you bring a band? That might determine where the best local Albuquerque venues might be.

I'd love to hear your ideas on how to market this. It's the kind of record that could become an underground classic years after you've moved on to other things, & then you might not see any money from it. I'd think you should send it as-is to Sirius & XM, maybe direct to Howard Stern, & then cleaned up or not to WFMU in New Jersey, to my pal Max Schmid at WBAI -- you know more about webcasters than I do, but they're free of censorship, and considering the subject matter, I can think of non-music magazines where you could advertise it for mail order. Hmmm.
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Matthew Finch, Music Director
KUNM-FM
Albuquerque, NM

Dave Rayburn

Chris Valenti Is An Emotional Wreck
I can't believe how many of my musical friends are enjoying the success of a critical stage in their music careers... a factory pressed full-length CD! Chris Valenti marks the latest addition to the ranks with his rightly-titled Emotional Wreck album. The new CD... Emotional Wreck, upon the first spin, is a freakin' riot. This is mainly attributed to the realistic situations that he pokes fun at. To me, that's what made Woody Allen so brilliant. "Passive Aggressive" is a non-stop cascade of one cutting edge quip after another from a guy who has finally had enough. "Boyfriend" sounds great with a full band, and is even funnier in it's evolution. It sort of swings a bit like the Violent Femmes' "Blister In The Sun". Even the ballads are not immune from the "f-bomb", but if you've seen Chris play live, you will TOTALLY understand the needed context. From "Don't Pass Out" to his anthemic "Booty Call", Chris raises our spirits as a result of his continual let-downs. What a guy!

apeshallnotkillape

I take pleasure in his pain
It's obivous Chris has had a couple seriously screwed up relationships, the liner notes from this album illustrate that perfectly... I think it's all real pictures of ex-girlfriends. Sheesh, this guy is worse than me!

Now, don't get me wrong. Some of these songs, and some of his past work are hilarious. Seeing him live is a treat, run, dont walk. You need the exercise anyways probably.

But, his humor has a strong backbeat of real world experience and emotion, that comes shining through in each song, even when he's making a joke about it, you can really feel his persepective. Who hasn't experienced something along the lines of "Heidi"... the girl you meet briefy who sets your mind and hormones jangling.... who you never see again. I've been there brother, I've been there.

Chris is the kind of guy who makes me wish I had a sister, so I could set him up with her.

Massimo Ferro, Music Director, Highway61 - Italy

a true pleasant surprise and a very impressive debut
I received a copy of your CD and I want to thank you so much for sending it to me: "Emotional Wreck" has been in fact a true pleasant surprise and a very impressive debut, filled with so many good songs covering some different moods, from more acoustic and intimate ballads to some powerful rock numbers, but always expressed through a catchy sound. There is something on "Emotional Wreck" reminding me of a young John Cougar and that's particularly good because there are just a few artists doing that kind of music in these days unfortunately!
As you can see from the playlists, I already started playing it in my radio show of American roots music and be sure that more will follow in the next weeks.

Dino-Mike

Tragic Love Songs At Their Best
I got this CD a few months ago, and it still is a great peice of work. For Chris' catchy beats about anything and everything that goes wrong... or occationally right in a relationship. It is truly something everyone can relate to.

I highly recommend this CD to anyone and everyone. There is just somethings that you never thought you would hear in a song done here... and we can't do anything but laugh out of shock and relatability.

Brenda - Winnipeg , Canada

the music was cathartic
A year ago, I could have written some of the chorus of "See You Next Tues". It was wonderful to hear someone say what I didn't. Well, I may have said a few similar things, but not as cleverly as you did. I love that the music and the lyrics are so opposite, and it works. I remember I was shocked at 1st, then amused, then I totally identified, and was impressed. "Heidi" appeals to me, would like it without lyrics as well. Having said that, 'Heidi's' voice is just right in there. I like "Are You Over Me?", "Smile,Smell,Kiss", and "Don't Need You Anymore". And "Booty Call" is fun. I like all of it, not just stroking you, its good music, lyrics, good story telling, hard, funny, sensitive, most enjoyable...