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Exploring your emotions can make for a good song, but it’s shining light on those which plague us all that builds the backbone of the truly great ones. Coupled with tireless melodies that seep into the small spaces between your bones; it's the kind of music that brings on little movements when life has gotten too stiff. This is what Caitlin Rose does best. Her lyrics – ... Read more in Amazon's Caitlin Rose Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Names Records
  • ASIN: B003U9VPUW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Debut album from young country singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose, following her successful EP, Dead Flowers.

Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee--the home of country--Rose has the music in her veins, but makes the genre her own through the honesty of her lyrics and her unique performance style. This, coupled with her age (she was only 16 when this album was recorded), make her music a breath of fresh air, and something genuinely new on the country scene.

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Tambourine-wielding 23-year-old Tennessean Caitlin Rose had musical antennae wagging at the beginning of the year with her debut EP, Dead Flowers: an opening salvo which evinced a refreshingly ballsy yet ingenuous approach to the country idiom. One national newspaper dubbed her "the most exciting act in Nashville right now," which might be regarded as small beer by more cynical observers of contemporary country's mawkish power ballad predilection, although it should certainly have had fellow Nashvillians Lambchop and Cortney Tidwell looking to their laurels.

Delivering on that precocious promise, Rose's debut long-player actually reins in her EP's feistier extremes somewhat to deliver 10 tracks of timeless, simply adorned (albeit by some dextrously restrained Music Row stalwarts) song-craft which, while they certainly doff a 10-gallon hat to the country canon, never seem constrained by Nashville tropes, old or new. Sure, there are sobbing pedal steel guitars and twanging Telecaster licks, but for the most part the sound is based on unfussy acoustic guitars, brushed drums and slivers of Hammond organ, all in service of Rose's keening, compelling vocals.

Jaunty opener Learning to Ride is an elegant exemplar of this approachable indie/country/pop hybrid, while the less sunny Own Side offers a different lesson in crisp, country-rock economy. For the Rabbits, meanwhile, is a 1950s-tinged ballad bathed in delicious vibrato guitars; like Wanda Jackson covering Laura Veirs.

Much has been made of Rose's singing voice, a thing of yearning clarity which can't help but summon the ghost of country grand dames like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, although she also brings a dreamier, Linda Ronstadt-like quality to the wistful New York City and there's more than a hint of Lucinda Williams' lived-in ache on the bruised Sinful Wishing Well–no mean achievement for such a stripling chanteuse.

Lyrically, she's perspicacious beyond her years, too. Indeed, the elongated smoking metaphor that pervades sprightly Shanghai Cigarettes (concluding with the poignant payoff couplet: "Trying to quit will make you wish you didn't start / 'Cos the pack is as empty as the hole in your heart") is worthy of George Jones in his pomp.

--David Sheppard

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By merlin on 23 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Caitlin Rose is a country girl.. but this album isn't as 'country' as the press will have you believe, to me its just a great pop album in the style of all those great 70's records by Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne or Emmylou Harris ...sure it has it roots in country but its crossed over into a bigger place.
its a whole album listen and gets better and better with every visit...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Spanna on 7 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
saw this girl last year and was blown away by her voice and her stories and spunky personality, then she was solo and raw but the songs were still touching and beautiful.
ive been really impressed with this album.. its really lush without being too sweet,the production is subtle and it lets the songs and voice really fly.
its all seem so effortless -the lyrics are just so brilliantly delivered- every listen gives up a new fantastic line to impress,love it, love it, love it
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2010
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Following hot on the heels of last years excellent Dead Flowers EP where Caitlin Rose a great new prospect from Nashville, Tennessee set out her stall, we now have her full blown debut album "Own side now" to contend with. The entirety of it can be heard in full streaming on her on MySpace page and what a gem it is. Rose cites as her influences some impeccable artists not least Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons, The Replacements, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell and Elliott Smith. Echoes of all of these can be found on "Own side now" indeed the title track would have fitted perfectly on Ronstadt's "Hasten down the wind" and indeed the album is as much about Laurel Canyon as it is Nashville in terms of its sources. "For the Rabbits" alternatively has a bluesy feel where Rose exhorts us to "Fall back into my desperate arms/Fall back into routine disaster/ Because its better than spending all your nights alone". Further highlights include the wistful "Sinful wishing well" where Rose summons up a Patti Page style heartbreaker. "That's alright" is not a cover of the great Elvis Sun recording but a track in the linage of the great Hank Williams and is totally effortless. Throughout the songwriting on the album is top notch and for a 23 year old shows a wisdom beyond her years and a real ability to vary her plays. Thus "Shanghai Cigarettes" is rockier, with wry lyrics, excellent backing vocals from Jordan Caress and inevitably reminds you of Lucinda Williams circa "Car wheels on a gravel road". Finally "Coming up" the brilliant closer on the album is a signal that when Rose can match a classic song with a brilliant lyric she is unstoppable.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2010
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Caitlin Rose's Dead Flowers EP certainly generated a lot of "buzz" when it released; you might almost have thought we'd finally found the "new Patsy Cline". But whilst I personally enjoyed that release a HUGE amount I could fully appreciate that it's sparse Country sound wouldn't be for everyone.

Thankfully, Rose's first album, Own Side Now blows all that out of the water. Everything I loved about Dead Flowers remains but it's as if everything has been turned up a notch. The lyrical wit (dare I say genius) of Rose could keep me in Facebook status updates for the next year. Repeated listens seem to bring forward another gem of a line that you'd previously missed and they range from witty to clever via, at times, achingly heartbreaking.

The title track Own Side is so deftly realised that it can have me in tears, whilst the likes of New York and Shanghai Cigarettes hide their lyrical sadness in uplifting melodies that refuse to dislodge themselves from your brain. But this is an album I can listen to from start to finish without ever once wanting to reach for the skip button. It's been the only CD in my car stereo for the past three weeks.

People always say that they don't write them like they used to. Well Caitlin Rose has proved not only that they do, and to the same quality, but also that they can sound as thrilling and fresh as anything else around to day. Quite simply, if I hear a better album this year someone will have done very well indeed. This is almost perfection. Hell, s*d it. It IS perfection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By countvoncampbell on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
There can be no doubt that Caitlin Rose was the finest female voice to emerge in 2010.

To describe her as a country artist really does limit her, although technically speaking that is what she is. Her debut album "Own Side Now" was without question the best album by a new artist in 2010, a year in which Arcade Fire gained all the critical acclaim for "The Suburbs", and rightly so.

"Own Side Now" is comprised of eleven playful, country-rock songs which would not be out of place in Gram Parsons portfolio. It is Gram Parsons who I believe Rose resembles the most musically in both sound and being. Like Parsons, Rose's music is firmly rooted in country but forges its own unique identity, purely down to her own brilliance, which leaves it very difficult to label and at the same time, somewhat timeless.

The other great artist whom Rose is clearly influenced by is Linda Ronstadt. The cover version of Stevie Nicks' "That's Alright" on this record is incredibly reminiscent of Ronstadt's early records. Rose's style and vocal delivery is also very Ronstadt-esque. Her music possesses an effortless wit and charm that seduces the listener after just one listen.

Caitlin Rose is a fresh, breezy and very welcome addition to a long line of magnificent female Americana artists. Her album is a must have for any discerning music lover.
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