ARTIST - PHIL CELIA

 

 

ALBUM - STOCKHOLM STREET

 

Website: www.philcelia.com

Genre: Americana, Folk,Pop  Rock

Sounds like: Marc Cohen, Bruce Springsteen

The Good Earthy, Relaxing Vibe 

The Bad A bit Repetitive

The Ugly How about a few more songs?

The Band 4 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 3 out of 5

The Vibe 4 out of 5

The Production 3 out of 5

The Verdict 3.5 out of 5

 

CD REVIEW 

 

The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from singer/songwriter/guitarist Phil Celia entitled Stockholm Street the Lines. Visiting his website I get the impression Celia is an accomplished artists with resume to boot. Celia hails from the East coast: Hanover New Hampshire. Band line up includes Celia (guitar, vocal), Bob Sporadeo (Drums), Eric Richardon (Bass)  & Bob Merill (Keyboards).

 

The band Band possesses above average to advanced playing abilities for the genera. You will notice right away Celia's playing & singing style are captivating, mesmerizing & tranquil. Timing is spot on within the Americana, folk, & pop rock  grooves. Celia can hold his own on the guitar & vocals, but more importantly he is an amazing storyteller. Those 2 musical weapons can be a force to be reckoned with. Vocals from Celia work within the confines of this catalogue well. The music possesses a very earthy type Americana Folk-sy type stigma. All in all great music to eat a Sunday morning brunch, or to play as the rain gently hit your window. Definitely classic Americana popish ballads that are timeless & very emotional in nature. It will  remind you of classic acoustic acts like Marc Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Harry Chapin, Billy Joel, & perhaps some Jim Croce. The songs Simply put - are emotionally gripping & striking. Celia touches some sensitive ground as he proves he's not afraid to share some intimate truths about his life experience. Thereís nothing like a solid musical production to get wrapped around (Emotionally & Spiritually) & this is one of them. I kept waiting for a lame song to come down the pike - I eventually gave up on that. The vibe Overall very deep, passionate & generally melancholy with amazing life stories that possess incredible highs & lows. Lots of wisdom The CD has itís shares of happy & sad moments. Simply put  - very much like life itself this CD personifies life experience, with music that are 100% honest & pure. The production Professional grade production. Celia manages to make his point with his writing, playing & signing. The CD has a timeless feel to it, which is a hard thing to do. Overall this CD has it's moments. The good Honorable mentions go out to the gifted songwriting & storytelling abilities of Phil Celia. Celia has the gift to go deeper than the next artists. Folks out there who enjoy many of the pre mentioned band will fall head over heals over this CD. The bad Despite it's strength a few of the pieces sounding a bit repetitive.  I also wish Celia displayed more raw emotion during same of the songs. The ugly At around 33 minutes the CD feels more like an EP than a CD.

 

The verdict Stockholm Street by Phil Celia is the perfect CD to spin on rainy days when you just want pure, earthy music to fill your atmosphere. Phil Celia is an amazing player, & composer who delivers heart felt music. I give Celia  credit for making his point. The Bottom Line Phil Celia is a rare find these days- & should be treated like one. If Phil Celia  released a new CD that had 45+minutes of music, & trimmed up the songs a bit I would be very interested in not only hearing i, but writing  review as well.

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic

 

 

 

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