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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
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.
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/1999
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431047824
  • Catalog Number: 10478
  • Sales rank: 399,353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gave Me Love (3:15)
  2. 2 World Don't Owe Me (3:57)
  3. 3 100 Miles (5:03)
  4. 4 Fall Away (3:13)
  5. 5 Wise to the Ways (4:45)
  6. 6 What's the Matter (3:18)
  7. 7 I'll Cover You (4:37)
  8. 8 Burn Your Own House Down (4:37)
  9. 9 Roses (4:51)
  10. 10 Look at You Now (4:08)
  11. 11 Stay up All Night (4:08)
  12. 12 Magnolia Street (4:03)
  13. 13 Start Again (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Catie Curtis Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Primary Artist, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sooo , good!!!!!!!

    she writes, she plays she sings sooo good!!!

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