CD Review by Adam Wujtewicz
Anne Castellano and The Smoke
are releasing their debut LP
. 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.