Any Better Time

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Swing Nation Records
  • UPC: 634457509726
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 331,850

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Day for a Hangin' (3:46)
  2. 2 Guilty (3:25)
  3. 3 Ponytails (2:57)
  4. 4 Any Better Time (3:04)
  5. 5 Down in the Valley (2:56)
  6. 6 Butterfly (4:18)
  7. 7 Calgary (2:13)
  8. 8 Lily's Song (3:28)
  9. 9 Brown Haired Girl (2:31)
  10. 10 Ode to Bill (5:02)
  11. 11 For You (2:47)
  12. 12 Sparrow (3:18)
  13. 13 On the Farm (1:44)
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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
John Mailloux Mastering
Dave Gross Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Christine Santelli Composer
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