Phil Celia, Circus Town


Circus Town album for sale by Phil Celia was released Oct 08, 2013 on the CD Baby label. Recorded, Mixed, Mastered and Produced by Perry Celia featuring: Phil Celia – lead vocals. A highly anticipated third release from a singer songwriter originally from the New York area now based in LA. On Circus Town expect original heartfelt songs on acoustic guitar and   accompanied by musicians on electric guitar, mandolin, bass, drums, accordion and back-up vocals. This is such a conservative yet amazing and dramatic album what else can I say in the end? This latest CD by Celia is more than amazing, you can easily picture scenes with this music in feature film. It has an almost Circus musical quality to it with the accordion. The intro pieces “Brand New Home”, “Fireside” and “Travel On” get things underway smoothly presenting really uplifting, yet emotional charged vocals reminiscent of acts such as Matt White, Carlos Bertonatti, John Kelley and Eric Hutchinson. When Celia hits the chorus on “Travel On” I literally was on the verge of some powerful emotions there. It was then I realized I heard some classic Cat Stevens and James Taylor shine through. All songs present really strong melodies and at times gripping subject matter and real life topics. It’s also impossible to deny the superiority of this band backing him up as well. True to form pop I was especially blown away at how all songs drove you naturally towards the chorus with amazing lyrics compatible to the peak. Good playing by Celia on here as well, and his brother Perry was also involved as producer. The drums and bass lines just help push songs forward, and the vibe if you pay attention carefully has this retro 70’s pop embellishment. As the CD evolves it showcases a really rock steady line up of songs with musical tidbits like solo guitar licks, and smooth rhythm section. In conclusion, here’s an album that quite literally made my day. Pardon me for saying but I get so many boring, un-interesting, overly-forgetful CD’s to review day in and day out. I have been dying to listen to a CD like “Circus Town” by Phil Celia for quite some time now. It’s subliminal, it’s epic, it’ a grand concept that’s sure to get your attention — yet it’s very simple and magical. From the production to the musicians, including the great guest players to legendary songs — Phil Celia delivers. With the advent of Celia’s latest home and CD “Circus Town” in the ever evolving realm of folk-pop it’s nice to know a guy like Celia remembers his musical roots within this amazing genera. Recording Artist, Writer, Producer, Performer- Phil Celia –   Bravo, I say!

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