Own Side Now - Caitlin Rose
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  • Summary: The Nashville singer's follow-up to her 2008 EP Dead Flowers is her full-length debut disc.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. She may have cut a slightly different path than she hinted at on Dead Flowers, but make no mistake: Caitlin Rose is the best thing to come out of Nashville in a long damn time.
  2. Mar 14, 2011
    Own Side Now, her first full-length, is more serious in every way - moodier subject matter; longer, more carefully structured songs; a more robust sense of heritage.
  3. Now pure country, her songwriting has taken a leap, too, delivering a profusion (sometimes an excess) of memorable choruses and arrangements freighted with emotion.
  4. Similarities to She And Him abound, but minus Zooey's showtune splendour, the vulnerability in Caitlin's voice chimes as true as the clink of a quarter in an old jukebox.
  5. 80
    The crooning background vocals rise and trade phrases with a simple guitar solo that follows the melody of the main vocal line. It's a flush and full sound in perfect pairing with a sentiment that defines the entire album.
  6. Jan 10, 2011
    Rose still has plenty of time and room to grow, and across Own Side Now she sounds at times in search of a singular voice yet also utterly confident in her band, her arrangements, and her songs.
  7. 40
    A missed opportunity, but there's still plenty of time to get back on track. [Sep 2010, p.92]

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  1. Aug 15, 2010
    been loving this record since i saw a 5 star review in the sunday times in london and got a copy at the rough trade shop .
    on a small uk indie
    label 'names records' (not k7!)... why isnt this out in the states???? Collapse
  2. Sep 29, 2014
    I've been struggling with this album for 2 weeks now. It got my attention because of the raving reviews. Well, one thing is clear, Caitlin Rose is a very talented musician and songwriter. However, her voice has a limited range, that sometimes is annoying, especially when she tries to sing too high and starts screaming, that makes my ears bleed. Also not all songs are good compositions, in fact for me there are too many songs not good enough, boring so to speak. Things Change is awful, and For The Rabbits is also unlistenable. On the other hand, the albums opening track, Learning To Ride, is gorgeous. Caitlin is at her best when she is not too serious, because drama really doesn't fit her voice. When she channels that Velvet Underground / Nashville 60's atmosphere, Caitlin is adorable. Expand