Alessandra Celletti Way Out

Alessandra Celletti Way Out
LTM is a record label that’s well known for its reissues of lost classics from labels such as Factory, Compact and Crepuscule, but every so often they do release an album such as Way Out, the third album of original material by Italian pianist Alessandra Celletti. Way Out is a strange release because of the additional percussion added to her delicate piano playing. On paper, it was meant to add depth to the music, but that isn’t always the case with the results. The vocal tracks could have come from either of the Virna Lindt albums that LTM reissued and at times, are even reminiscent of Blonde Redhead (as on "Foolish Child”), while the instrumentals demonstrate the value of Celletti’s classical training. Way Out is a very pretty album but there’s a little too much clumsiness in its attempts to bring together classical and pop music to label it an absolute success. But then again, it’s from these potentially awkward experiments that the best moments happened on all the labels that LTM holds in such high regard, so perhaps it is a success after all. (LTM)