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Sweet Life

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Singer/songwriter Catie Curtis is one of those rare talents: someone who can spin compelling, interesting, and engaging music out of domestic happiness. The title of this disc tells the whole story: fully settled in with her partner and two kids, she looks back on earlier heartbreaks, the joys of growing up in a rural town, coming-of-age anxieties, and the difficulties of the modern world, and sums up her feelings in the chorus of the title track: "It led me here to this/Sweet life beside you." She describes the sound she was working toward on this album as "big, warm, [and] friendly," and that's as good a characterization as any: her folkie roots are fully audible, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Singer/songwriter Catie Curtis is one of those rare talents: someone who can spin compelling, interesting, and engaging music out of domestic happiness. The title of this disc tells the whole story: fully settled in with her partner and two kids, she looks back on earlier heartbreaks, the joys of growing up in a rural town, coming-of-age anxieties, and the difficulties of the modern world, and sums up her feelings in the chorus of the title track: "It led me here to this/Sweet life beside you." She describes the sound she was working toward on this album as "big, warm, [and] friendly," and that's as good a characterization as any: her folkie roots are fully audible, but what this album really delivers is well-produced and fully realized roots pop, on which her sweet but unassuming vocals are buttressed by chiming acoustic and electric guitars, understated drums, and Hammond organ. The album's tone and quality are both remarkably consistent, but the title track and the gently rollicking "What You Can't Believe" are both highlights, while the Tin Pan Alley-ish "Lovely" jars just a little bit. Also noteworthy is her restrained but quietly intense rendition of Death Cab for Cutie's "Soul Meets Body." Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397449128
  • Catalog Number: 4491
  • Sales rank: 224,267

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Life (3:25)
  2. 2 Are You Ready to Fly? (3:07)
  3. 3 Everything Waiting to Grow (3:43)
  4. 4 For Now (3:25)
  5. 5 Happy (3:30)
  6. 6 What You Can't Believe (4:41)
  7. 7 Lovely (3:13)
  8. 8 Sing (3:19)
  9. 9 Soul Meets Body (3:54)
  10. 10 Fools (3:42)
  11. 11 The Princess and the Mermaid (4:16)
  12. 12 Over (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Catie Curtis Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Phil Madeira Organ, Piano, Accordion, national steel guitar
Shannon Forrest Percussion, Drums
Mark T. Jordan Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer
George Marinelli Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Alison Prestwood Bass
Andrea Zonn Strings, Background Vocals
Ingrid Graudins Background Vocals
Jon Randall Stewart Background Vocals
Erick Jaskowiak Percussion
Kenneth "Scat" Springs Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Catie Curtis Composer
Randy LeRoy Mastering
Garry West Producer, Audio Production
Ben Gibbard Composer
Erick Jaskowiak Engineer
Jimmy Ryan Composer
Fred Wilhelm Composer
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