- Audio CD (25 Feb. 2013)
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- Label: NAMES RECORDS
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Born and raised in Nashville, with parents immersed in the music business, it is perhaps not surprising that Caitlin Rose sounds like the essence of modern country music. After youthful flirtations with punk, her 2010 debut Own Side Now was a charm-filled Americana-laden introduction to her talents. Now, three years on, its follow up seems no less likely to enchant. Rose has an expressive voice, possessing both purity and trueness of pitch, and an appealingly human, direct tone. Only occasionally ornamented with harmonies, as on Only a Clown, the album otherwise opts to showcase it unadorned.
Born and raised in Nashville, with parents immersed in the music business, it is perhaps not surprising that Caitlin Rose sounds like the essence of modern country music.
After youthful flirtations with punk, her 2010 debut Own Side Now was a charm-filled Americana-laden introduction to her talents. Now, three years on, its follow up seems no less likely to enchant.
Rose has an expressive voice, possessing both purity and trueness of pitch, and an appealingly human, direct tone. Only occasionally ornamented with harmonies, as on Only a Clown, the album otherwise opts to showcase it unadorned.
The vocal performance on the sweetly romantic wedding song Pink Champagne is slow, languorous and quite gorgeous: Rose savouring the tune and the sentiments in the least showy yet somehow most effective way possible.
The contrast between this wonderful singing and the sentiments expressed in many songs adds grit to what might otherwise risk blandness.
The streak of mild emotional sadomasochism in songs like I Was Cruel (“I never knew I was cruel… baby, ‘til I met you”), or Waitin’’s “the love that’s gone, baby, hurts the best” is all the more interesting when combined with such tuneful delivery. The F-bomb dropped on Dallas, too, is pleasingly jarring.
Heartbreak abounds, from opener No One to Call’s broken “radio heart” to Silver Sings’ “way that only broken hearts can tell” and Menagerie’s plaintive description of “two lonely people with nothing to say”.
This is often made more poignant by the subtle touches of accompanying steel pedal or flourishes of Hammond organ, reminders of the artist’s and the album’s country music chops.
After a delightful run from No One to Call to Golden Boy, on which Rose seems to be channelling a 1950s Doris Day-type matinee idol, things drop off a little. Both Everywhere I Go and When I’m Gone trade some of their Nashville allure for a more ordinary, AOR direction, and suffer for it.
Mainly, though, if Caitlin Rose is the future of Nashville and American country music, then it would seem that its future is in safe, appealing and mellifluous hands.
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The songs are varied in feel from the excellent, driving, rock-like opener No One To Call via the tango-tinged Waitin' to the tender love song Pink Champagne. Many are very good, although the latter part of the album seems to me to tail off into rather more ordinary material. There is some great, well-used slide guitar throughout and the band are very good. However, the bass and especially the drums are produced to give a rock-band sound and are very prominent throughout. This is very effective on the rocking tracks, but I found the drum sound horribly intrusive on I Was Cruel, Pink Champagne and other songs, and its dominance throughout the album really began to irritate even in songs I liked a lot.
This is a personal response, of course, and you may not mind it at all. It certainly doesn't spoil the album, but it does detract from it for me. I still think it's a good album with some terrific songs by a very talented singer-songwriter, but for me some slightly weaker material and some insensitive production mean it's not a great one. It's still well worth getting, though, and I can recommend it - Caitlin Rose is a class act and will be around for many years on this evidence.
`Waitin' is a torch like ballad with gutsy chorus that Ms. Parton would be proud of. `Only a Clown' is just infectious pop - almost. It has an immediately likable riff and the mandolin plays almost rhythm and the beat is simple and driving but it just builds and her voice soars in an effortless way that makes you want to play again straight away - brilliant. `Pink Champagne' is the real; love song, all slowed down with pedal steel and a poetic lyric with smouldering double bass, this one just washes over you. `Dallas' is another one that you feel you have heard before and was co written with two of the Felice Brothers with an opening line of `Oceans of stars why've I gone so far' this is another favourite of mine.
`Golden Boy' is a nice tune but one of the not so great despite the use of strings to augment the bands backing, `Everywhere I Go' is another one that uses understated drum and bass to drive a deceptively beautiful song. `Silver Sings' is a song about a singer and is one of the lightest numbers on offer here but not in a bad way. `When I'm Gone' is another ballad with Fleetwood Mac type breathy backing vocals' `Menagerie' reminded me of 10,000 Maniacs at one point and is a solid way to bring us to the last track - `Old Numbers'. This is a `speak easy' type affair with bluesy trumpet and a plodding beat and is a lovely way to end what is a truly enjoyable album. Yes it is Country, yes it is not ground breaking and yes it is really very good indeed - can't wait to see her again drunk or sober this time.
I loved the first cd, the lyrics, the voice were superb.
Sadly, as the critics fawn over her, they seem unable to really say the truth because Caitlin's star is in the ascendant.
Or maybe they don't want to be seen as "uncool."
I'll say it...her voice is gorgeous and strong as ever, but some tracks are poor and sickly sweet.
Maybe my expectations are too high, but this really is average.
Try Dale Watson and His Lone Stars or John Miller and His Country Casuals instead.
I hope the next cd is an improvement and a fitting return.