Heartbreaker of the Year

Heartbreaker of the Year

by Whitney Rose


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Whitney Rose is a Canadian country singer and songwriter in love with the countrypolitan era. For her, the Nashville of Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and new traditionalists Keith Whitley and Patty Loveless still exists. Her acclaimed self-titled 2012 debut displayed that to some degree, but Heartbreaker of the Year proves it definitively. It was produced by the Mavericks' Raul Malo, who also sings and plays on it, accompanied by some of his bandmates, as well as Canadian guitar slinger Nichol Robertson and others. What's most interesting is Rose's singing voice: it sounds thoroughly contemporary, even as it recalls Lee's sultry pop approach, Dolly Parton's sincerity, and Tammy Wynette's confidence. Speaking of Wynette, the cover here of Phil Spector's "Be My Baby" is thoroughly retooled, with Malo and Rose recalling the late queen's duets with George Jones. The other remake is an understated reading of Hank Williams' "There's a Tear in My Beer." The rest are Rose's songs, and they shine. The bluesy title track, with its nocturnal Telecaster twang and finger-snapping rhythm, can only be called "country noir." "Little Piece of You," with its upright piano, whining pedal steel, and tight guitar shuffle, lies right on the seam between countrypolitan and vintage girl group pop. "The Last Party" is a honky tonk weeper, with backing vocals from Malo. The ache in the lyric is underscored by the simmering passion in Rose's delivery. She has plenty of sass too, as uptempo tracks "Lasso" and "The Devil Borrowed My Boots" attest. The former melds vintage country & western and surf while the latter has a vamp that recalls "Harper Valley PTA," but has more shimmy than swagger. Heartbreaker of the Year reveals that Rose can craft killer hooks, deliver slippery lyric turns, and create provocative juxtapositions in her arrangements to accommodate her voice. On this album she extends the boundaries of classic country music without erasing its boundaries or sacrificing it to the realm of nostalgia. Heartbreaker of the Year is one of 2015's most welcome surprises.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2015
Label: Cameron House Record
UPC: 0061297453207
catalogNumber: 1200
Rank: 45856

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whitney Rose   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Paul Deakin   Drums
Raul Malo   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Dale McFadden   Organ,Piano
Burke Carroll   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Drew Jurecka   Strings
Jay Weaver   Bass
Nichol Robertson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Raul Malo   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Whitney Rose   Composer
Guillermo Subauste   Engineer
Craig Brandon   Layout
Michael McKeown   Direction

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