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A good, slightly flawed album
on 2 September 2014
I like this album, but it has its flaws which is a shame because it could have been really good, I think. Caitlin Rose writes good songs and sings them very well indeed. She has a lovely, expressive voice and the ability to put a song over exceptionally well. In an album dominated by loneliness and heartbreak she never slips into sloppiness and the over-sentimentality which could destroy an album like this and she is plainly a genuine talent.
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.