There's something so honest about folk rocker Catie Curtis' voice. It's full of life and is the kind of voice that comes from someone who doesn't exist, but rather lives. The product of Curtis' life thus far is served up on her soulful fourth set, My Shirt Looks Good on You, a winning and driven folk-rock collection that explores love in Curtis' signature idealistic fashion. "Love Takes the Best of You" offers up an exploration of not romantic love, as many of the disc's 14 songs do, but maternal love, as Curtis sings of adopting an international baby. The song's lyrics are so simply touching: "And I wish I could promise you a beautiful world/That would never break your heart/Maybe that's what we are here for/We try and fix what comes apart." Sometimes full of adolescent charm, as on the title track; sometimes stark, as on "Don't Lay Down," a song-letter to a dying friend, Curtis is always full of heart on this collection. Musically, My Shirt Looks Good on You is a pure folk-rock fest, inspiring a good toe-tapping, eyes-closed-in-affirmation listening experience. The fabric of the sound is a tapestry of Curtis' robust voice and guitar and Jimmy Ryan's electric mandolin backed by a generally mid-tempo beat. The prominence of the electric mandolin transcends the disc's sound into something lofty and mesmerizing. This record will look and sound good on audiences' players.
Performance CreditsCatie Curtis Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Gail Ann Dorsey Bass,Drums,Vocals
Duke Levine Electric Guitar
Billy Beard Drums
Dana Colley Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Conway Drums
Michael Eisenstein Electric Guitar
Julie Wolf Organ,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Andrew Mazzone Bass
Kris Delmhorst Vocal Harmony
Technical CreditsCatie Curtis Producer
Trina Shoemaker Producer,Engineer
Steven Jurgensmeyer Art Direction
Sue Kappa Engineer
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My Shirt Looks Good on You based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I love all her stuff. Perhaps, like ''Roses'' this one is more polished, but it doesn't make it better than the first two. I guess it's a compliment to say that this effort is nothing like her prior ones. Some really great tunes are in here and some that may finally get her some airplay. This album packs a little more energy than her usual effort, perhaps at the expense of her more intimate ones. But it is a great CD nonetheless. CC fans won't be disappointed and this should open the door to a wider fan base. Go Catie!