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Yes More `C and W' from the enchanting Ms. Rose,
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This review is from: The Stand-In (Audio CD)
I quite literally `stumbled' upon Caitlin Rose, it was late one eve at a festival and her voice came floating out of the tent we were passing and we just had to check her out. This latest album offers more of the same, which may not be too everybody's liking but this is Country and Western with a modern leaning and I lurve it. First track just kicks off as a lament against the dirge that gets air play these days on radio in an upbeat melody with the full band kicking in rather well. `I was Cruel is next and slows things down with a gentle vocal and a guitar and steel back beat and a mandolin from guest player Charlie Worsham.
`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.