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Before You Break

by Frank Critelli

Critelli's songs veer from scruffy folk to pristine pop and are reminiscent of a time when music was a matter of importance.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Downhill
2:17 $0.99
2. Horndog
3:42 $0.99
3. It's the Way
3:04 $0.99
4. Ahead or Behind
2:23 $0.99
5. Reflections on a Friendship Heading South
2:58 $0.99
6. Strange Opera
2:49 $0.99
7. Nothing to Say
4:19 $0.99
8. The Only Question Worth Asking
2:43 $0.99
9. Before You Break
2:46 $0.99
10. The Moment of Creation
4:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Frank Critelli is a performing songwriter based in New Haven Connecticut. Since 1989 he has performed his original songs in streets and subways, barrooms, classrooms, clubs and coffeehouses, theaters and festivals.

Frank has released 10 collections of original music, performed over 1000 lives shows and shared a stage with legendary performers including Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Richard Thompson and Steve Forbert.

Critelli’s stage presence is simultaneously crashing and calm, and he is capable of guiding an audience from quiet thoughtfulness to hardy laughter with a skillful turn of phrase. His songs veer from scruffy folk to pristine pop and are reminiscent of a time when music was a matter of importance.



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Nick Scalia : PLAY New Haven

Opening with an acoustic-driven anthem of contented resignation - titled Downhill, as in, "It's all downhill from here" - and closing with a swirling, ethereal folk song (The Moment of Creation), the album touches on a lot in between, from light acoustic work to full-on rock. The sleazily fuzzed-out guitars of power-pop chugger Horndog compliment its cheerfully raunchy lyrics; the gently urgent acoustic-and-vocals title track is quite Beatlesque in its simple, strong pop songwriting; and the radiant It's the Way is pretty, poignant, and energetically paced, bringing to mind everything from Tom Petty to Under the Milky Way in its brief, stirring three minutes.

But the disc does have a consistent thread running through it, in both Critelli's witty but down-to-earth lyrics - covering everything from friendship to getting older to sex - and the songs' polished (but not fussy) sound.

Paul Villers -- Americana UK

Frank Critelli has been plying his ‘Performing Songwriter’ (the press release eschews the term singer-songwriter for some reason) trade around New England for quite some time (ten records and one thousand live performances apparently) but might not be familiar to those of us in Old England. This is understandable – performing songwriters aren’t a scarce commodity even when they are as obviously talented as Mr. Critelli and there are plenty to choose from. You could do worse than have a look at this latest release however. In this instance he is joined by a couple of friends to flesh out the voice and guitar playing and this works best when the other instruments are used subtly and unobtrusively (which is most of them). The fly in the ointment is second track “Horndog” with its power pop pretensions and sexist lyrics although in the context of the album as a whole we must give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is meant to be taken with tongue firmly in cheek. Elsewhere the chief interest lies in his ability to string some half-decent words together and a double tracking device on the vocal that brings to mind Crosby/Nash harmonies. A seventies acoustic pop homage well worth looking out – although only available on line.