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Caitlin Rose - 'The Stand-In'

It’s old-time slide guitar and mandolin all the way but the stories are as fresh as wet ink

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On her acclaimed 2010 debut ‘Own Side Now’, 23-year-old Caitlin Rose stayed pretty faithful to her country and western ancestors, oiling the wagon wheels of her trad Nashville sound with just a touch of pop. Now a grand old dame of 25, she’s put some meat on her musical bones, cranking up a Stonesy riff on ‘No One To Call’ and test-driving a vampy demeanour on ‘When I’m Gone’, all of it sugared sweet as a nut by her silky voice. Not that there’s anything here that will scare the horses – surprises are limited to the near-gospel ambience of ‘Everywhere I Go’ and some fuzzboxed fun on ‘Menagerie’ and the whiskey-soaked ‘Dallas’. Otherwise it’s old-time slide guitar and mandolin all the way – but the stories Rose tells are as fresh as wet ink.
Matthew Horton
8 / 10

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