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.