Magazine article New Internationalist

[Curtis, Catie. A Crash Course in Roses]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Curtis, Catie. A Crash Course in Roses]

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Fuelled by ecstatic reports of Catie Curtis' live gigs in the US -- no talent like her since the early kd lang days -- comes A Crash Course in Roses, a third album which may well see things turning towards the big time for its young creator.

If there's any justice, it certainly should. A Crash Course in Roses is an accomplished collection of richly detailed songs -- emotive, challenging, intimate -- whose appeal increases on each listening. Ably supported by a finely tuned band with an intriguing range of experience (Morphine's drummer Billy Conway, indie rock's Jimmy Ryan on guitars and Mary Chapin Carpenter singing harmonies), Curtis has space to explore the stories that her songs tell. And space is the operative word here: producer Ben Wisch has created a prairie-sized horizon for this 14-track album which lends the songs a mythic dimension. …

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