CD Review: Anne Castellano and the Smoke - Electric


CD Review by Adam Wujtewicz

Anne Castellano and The Smoke are releasing their debut LP entitled Electric.  Recorded by the band’s drummer, Tony Castellano, (also Anne's brother), Electric is 13 tunes of swirling melancholy with an early alternative backbeat.

Front and center is Anne’s voice - whether strong and scornful like on the opening track “Enough” or calm and learned on “Listen”, she makes you believe every word she sings.  Right behind her is a mist of chorus and flanger soaked guitars.  Vince’s icy lead lines leans towards the right speaker and Anne’s steady rhythm in the left.  The separation spreads the sound out and allows the rhythm section to anchor the songs in a very direct way.