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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Catie Curtis has hit two extremes on Long Night Moon: several tracks explore her feelings as the new mother of two adopted little girls, while one of the songs, "People Look Around," deals with politics and social issues on a nearly global scale. Not surprisingly, that track is the biggest and most anthemic one on the album, and also the least effective -- even as it gets your dander up and makes you feel like part of a right-thinking community, it tacitly reminds you that songs have much more power to make people feel good about themselves that they do to change the world. The real payoff comes from the songs whose frames of reference match their spheres of impact: on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Catie Curtis has hit two extremes on Long Night Moon: several tracks explore her feelings as the new mother of two adopted little girls, while one of the songs, "People Look Around," deals with politics and social issues on a nearly global scale. Not surprisingly, that track is the biggest and most anthemic one on the album, and also the least effective -- even as it gets your dander up and makes you feel like part of a right-thinking community, it tacitly reminds you that songs have much more power to make people feel good about themselves that they do to change the world. The real payoff comes from the songs whose frames of reference match their spheres of impact: on the patient but sweetly longing title track, Curtis waits for the arrival of her daughter; on the sharply observed "Rope Swings and Avalanches," she makes the common-sense observation that "They say if it's love you can work it out/That's the cruelest lie"; and on "Strange" she expresses a strangely joyful sort of romantic confusion over a complex and beautiful arrangement consisting of a fractured string bassline and overlapping layers of organ, mandolin, and dulcimer. "Water and Stone" is winningly simple and direct, and with "Hey California," she wryly expounds on the relative virtues of her Boston home. If one of the women of Laurel Canyon chooses to write a response, maybe it will initiate a neo-folk East Coast/West Coast spat like the one that raged in the hip-hop communities for years -- could be fun. All in all, this is one of Curtis' most satisfying albums, and that's saying something. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397443621
  • Catalog Number: 4436
  • Sales rank: 257,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Find You Now (4:19)
  2. 2 Strange (2:49)
  3. 3 Water and Stone (3:36)
  4. 4 It's a Wonder (2:27)
  5. 5 Rope Swings and Avalanches (3:43)
  6. 6 People Look Around (3:58)
  7. 7 Innocent (3:20)
  8. 8 Passing Through (4:32)
  9. 9 Hey California (2:45)
  10. 10 New Flowers (3:09)
  11. 11 Hard Time with Goodbyes (3:31)
  12. 12 Long Night Moon (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Catie Curtis Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Kevin Barry Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Mary Chapin Carpenter Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Lorne Entress Dulcimer, Mandolin, Percussion, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Zither, Various, Wurlitzer, Orchestra Bells
John Jennings Electric Guitar
Michael Rivard Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
John Sands Drums
Chris Trapper Vocal Harmony
Erin McKeown Vocal Harmony
Mark Erelli Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hi String, Vocal Harmony, Guitar (Baritone)
Kris Delmhorst Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Elizabeth Steen Piano
Mike Rivard Bass Guitar, Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Catie Curtis Composer
Lorne Entress Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Audio Production
Marc Donahue Mastering
Chris Rival Engineer
Mark Erelli Composer
Meghan Dewar Art Direction
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