Crash Course in Roses

Crash Course in Roses

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by Catie Curtis
     
 

Both the crash of the drumbeat and the delicacy of the rose find their way into Catie Curtis's latest project. Boston-based Curtis shares fans with Ani DiFranco, Toshi Reagon, and other "urban folk" women, but she's a master of passionate restraint, both lyrically and musically. In tales of loves lost andSee more details below

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Both the crash of the drumbeat and the delicacy of the rose find their way into Catie Curtis's latest project. Boston-based Curtis shares fans with Ani DiFranco, Toshi Reagon, and other "urban folk" women, but she's a master of passionate restraint, both lyrically and musically. In tales of loves lost and found ("I'll Cover You"), of celebration laced with knowledge and humor ("What's the Matter"), of hard lessons learned and questions asked ("Look at You Now," "Roses"), Curtis supports her soaring voice and heartfelt lyrics with driving yet subtle percussive patterns. On "Magnolia Street" and "Gave You Love," a country rock approach fuels the tracks. A heartbeat percussion line both follows and leads the questioning lover in "100 Miles." Curtis found her way into music through drums, and A CRASH COURSE IN ROSES finds that power girding the emotional tales told in her words and voice.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
When folk-rockers fail, it's usually by trying to fudge the line between folk and rock: the music either fails to adequately support the lyrics or it overpowers them. Catie Curtis has found the perfect balance on her third album. She and producer Ben Wisch have created a sound that is warm, intimate, and robust, dense without being murky and crisp without being brittle. Curtis' songs sound timeless; the rolling tunefulness of "Gave Me Love" and the wistful chorus of "Fall Away" both reach out and caress you, while the Trinidadian bassline of "Stay Up All Night" pulls nicely against the mandolin and harmonica. Her singing is a little bit self-conscious; she tends to declaim the notes instead of committing to them. But her voice is sweet and gruff, and the songs are good enough that she gets away with her slightly mannered delivery. Special highlight: the drum sound and the Hammond organ part on "Gave Me Love."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1999
Label:
Rykodisc
UPC:
0014431047824
catalogNumber:
10478
Rank:
241765

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Performance Credits

Catie Curtis   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Duke Levine   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mandola,Omnichord,E-bow
Manolo Badrena   Percussion,Conga
Paul Bryan   Organ,Bass,Percussion,Djembe,Shaker,bass pedals
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Gut String Guitar
Billy Conway   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums
Melissa Ferrick   Gut String Guitar
Jennifer Kimball   Gut String Guitar
Michael Maxwell   Gut String Guitar
Hugh McCracken   Harmonica
Sammy Merendino   Tambourine
Catherine Russell   Gut String Guitar
Ben Wisch   Wurlitzer
Jim Ryan   Mandolin,Gut String Guitar
Mark Spencer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,national steel guitar
Kenny White   Organ,Piano,Gut String Guitar
Akira Satake   Banjo
Todd Reynolds   Violin
Dawn Buckholz   Cello
Liz Marshall   Gut String Guitar
T-Bone Wolk   Bass,Accordion

Technical Credits

Catie Curtis   Producer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Sammy Merendino   drum programming
Jim Robeson   Engineer
Ben Wisch   Producer,Engineer
Dawn Buckholz   String Arrangements
Crit Harmon   Engineer
T-Bone Wolk   Sound Effects

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