Singer/songwriter Anny Celsi, late of Los Angeles bands the Tearjerkers and Annyland, steps out with a dark-hued album for her own indie label.

Singer/songwriter Anny Celsi, late of Los Angeles bands the Tearjerkers and Annyland, steps out with a dark-hued album for her own indie label. Celsi's languid voice and affecting, pop-smart tunes receive sympathetic backing from a band of local lights, including producers Kevin Jarvis and Marvin Etzioni, Randy Weeks, Phil Parlapiano, Danny McGough, Robert Lloyd, Steve Barton and Kirk Swan. The writing is highly consistent, with the title track, " 'Twas Her Hunger Brought Me Down" (recently covered by L.A. chanteuse Grey DeLisle), "Summer Fling" and "It Hurts/My Heart/To Hear/Your Voice" standing out in a strong pack. A snazzy package featuring '50s-style pulp artwork and liners featuring some entertaining hard-boiled takeoffs by Celsi add flair to this very gifted West Coast artist. Racked by Burnside.—CM