Long Night Moon

Long Night Moon

by Catie CurtisCatie Curtis


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Catie Curtis has hit two extremes on Long Night Moon: several tracks explore her feelings as the new mother of two adopted little girls, while one of the songs, "People Look Around," deals with politics and social issues on a nearly global scale. Not surprisingly, that track is the biggest and most anthemic one on the album, and also the least effective -- even as it gets your dander up and makes you feel like part of a right-thinking community, it tacitly reminds you that songs have much more power to make people feel good about themselves that they do to change the world. The real payoff comes from the songs whose frames of reference match their spheres of impact: on the patient but sweetly longing title track, Curtis waits for the arrival of her daughter; on the sharply observed "Rope Swings and Avalanches," she makes the common-sense observation that "They say if it's love you can work it out/That's the cruelest lie"; and on "Strange" she expresses a strangely joyful sort of romantic confusion over a complex and beautiful arrangement consisting of a fractured string bassline and overlapping layers of organ, mandolin, and dulcimer. "Water and Stone" is winningly simple and direct, and with "Hey California," she wryly expounds on the relative virtues of her Boston home. (If one of the women of Laurel Canyon chooses to write a response, maybe it will initiate a neo-folk East Coast/West Coast spat like the one that raged in the hip-hop communities for years -- could be fun.) All in all, this is one of Curtis' most satisfying albums, and that's saying something. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397443621
catalogNumber: 4436
Rank: 125913

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Catie Curtis   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Kevin Barry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lorne Entress   Dulcimer,Mandolin,Percussion,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Zither,Various,Wurlitzer,Orchestra Bells
John Jennings   Electric Guitar
Michael Rivard   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
John Sands   Drums
Chris Trapper   Vocal Harmony
Erin McKeown   Vocal Harmony
Mark Erelli   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hi String,Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Kris Delmhorst   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Elizabeth Steen   Piano
Mike Rivard   Bass Guitar,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Catie Curtis   Composer
Lorne Entress   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Chris Rival   Engineer
Mark Erelli   Composer
Meghan Dewar   Art Direction

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