Caitlin Rose – Own Side Now

January 01, 1970

(Theory 8 Records)


Caitlin Rose knows a thing or two about good songs. Although
barely out of her teens, she turned a transcendent cover of Jagger-Richards’
“Dead Flowers” into an introductory tour de force that found her channeling
Gram Parsons by way of Kitty Wells.  Her
full-length debut shows her fulfilling that promise, establishing her as a
silver-tongued chanteuse boasting the sort of mettle that puts her on par with
singers twice her age and triple the amount of experience.


Suffice it to say Own
Side Now
is an album that qualifies as a career maker – soothing, spunky
and assured, it’s one in which singer and song find a perfect connection that’s
wholly locked in sync. Whether it’s the sad and bittersweet “For the Rabbits,”
and “Things Change,” the sly, assertive country rocker “Shanghai Cigarettes” or
the lilting yet playful “New York,” Rose comes out smelling like… well, presume
the obvious. She’s a master of mood; nudged along by shimmering steel guitar
and tinkling honky-tonk piano, she uses her waif-like voice to good effect, to
both caress and taunt, a down home songbird who’s just gained her wings and is
poised to fly.


An album that demands repeated listens – if only to soak up
the full breadth of the talent invested — Own
Side Now
sounds like a defining statement that’s been inscribed for the


DOWNLOAD: “Shanghai Cigarettes,” “New York,” “For the Rabbits” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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