Record Label: Names Records Release Date: 09/08/10 Link: Official Site Buy: Amazon Just when you think you’ve heard every girl with an adequate singing voice, another one pops up, this time from the deep south of America. Nashville’s Caitlin Rose is set to release her debut album on the 9th August at just twenty-two years old. Own Side Now is the record that Catlin has been writing her whole life. It tells stories of love and loss in true country fashion, offering something more than the ordinary. The record reminds me not only of traditional country but it also has elements of the 'Saddle Creek sound’. I’m quite surprised by the lack of recognition that the Nebraska label has been given for the recent uprising of young country and folk start-ups. Surely a lot of these musicians were inspired by Bright Eyes and other acts commonly associated with Saddle Creek including Feist and Rilo Kiley. Catlin’s vocals sound very similar to those of Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, which is no bad thing. She also takes influences from the more traditional country stars Lorreta Lynn and Emmylou Harris. There is no mistaking the talents of this young American with her warming vocals and song writing skills that compete with others twice her age. The authenticity of her as a musician has already been questioned but does that really matter when she is producing material at this level? Joni Mitchell recently claimed that everything about Bob Dylan was fake and John Lennon famously hated the music and image of The Beatlles, he was a mod at heart. ‘For the Rabbits’, the debut single received rave reviews and deservedly so. There are the classic guitar parts whilst the young singer hands out her thoughtful lyrics with ease. The album is now in full swing after the slow start with the opening tracks. ‘Shanghai Cigarettes’ has the upbeat vibe ready for a barn dance, giving the listener imagines of Jack Daniels, hillbillies, pistols and cowboy boots tapping away. ‘New York City’ sees Caitlin’s voice stretch further than any gun shot with tales of boys. The upbeat sound continues with the mouth organ heavy ‘Spare Me’ whilst telling more stories of love before the sombre ‘Things Change’ brings the tone down whilst heartbreak is the hot topic. ‘That’s Alright’ shows vulnerability in the delivering of the words in perfect procession whilst ‘Sinful Wishing Well’ makes heartbreak sound so beautiful. The album ends with the getting-over-it song ‘Comin’ Up’, leaving the listener hanging on for the singer to live a few more years so she has more stories to tell. Photobucket