Any Better Time

Any Better Time

by Christine Santelli
     
 
On her seventh CD, blues-rocker Christine Santelli shows off her stylistic versatility with a varied program that includes a couple of excursions into country, a nod to New Orleans, a strange and carnivalesuqe number, and plenty of straight-up roots rock. The focus here is on her voice, which is interesting: at its best, it's a dark, smoky, and richly textured

Overview

On her seventh CD, blues-rocker Christine Santelli shows off her stylistic versatility with a varied program that includes a couple of excursions into country, a nod to New Orleans, a strange and carnivalesuqe number, and plenty of straight-up roots rock. The focus here is on her voice, which is interesting: at its best, it's a dark, smoky, and richly textured instrument, while at its worst it can be almost painfully scratchy and raw. Santelli's songwriting is grittily mature, and on highlight tracks like the sultry "Guilty," the softly gorgeous "Brown Haired Girl," and the straightforward blues-rock of "Sparrow," the vulnerability of the lyrics and her intimate vocal delivery come together perfectly. Her sidemen are also worth noting; Tim Tindall's basslines are self-effacing but utterly perfect on "Butterfly," and Brian Mitchell's barrelhouse piano adds a very nice swamp-boogie element to the title track. "Calgary" is built on a minimal and lovely arrangement that showcases Santelli's voice at its roughest, an effect that detracts from the song in a few places, and the album-closing "On the Farm" sounds almost like a Hee Haw parody. But for the most part, this album is a solid roots rock winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2009
Label:
Swing Nation Records
UPC:
0634457509726
catalogNumber:
10
Rank:
296848

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christine Santelli   Primary Artist
Brian Mitchell   Piano,Accordion
Arthur Neilson   Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Popa Chubby   Guitar
Brian John Mitchell   Piano,Accordion,Celeste,Hammond Organ,Pump Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Matt Mousseau   Drums
Tim Tindall   Electric Bass,Guitarron,Upright Bass
Dave Gross   Guitar
Jason L. Green   Banjo,Guitar
Christine Sanetelli   Guitar,Vocals
Mazz Swift   Violin

Technical Credits

Dave Gross   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Christine Santelli   Composer

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