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Editors’ Notes

Though Caitlin Rose is based in Nashville and often associated with a traditional retro-country sound, it's not quite accurate to call her work country music. Despite certain stylistic tics that show up in her phrasing and arrangements, she balances many worlds. From the first blast of electric guitar on the opening track—"No One to Call," where the radio never plays the songs she likes—Rose channels a world far larger than one genre. The electric keyboards of "Waitin'" show what she can do with a tune redolent of Ben Folds Five. "Only a Clown" builds around a guitar-keyboard sound that's Americana rock in the Wilco tradition. "Pink Champagne" adds a pedal steel for a metropolitan adult contemporary country ballad of exquisite taste and flavor. "Everywhere I Go" uses an atmospheric backing that recalls the ambient textures once favored by U2. Traces of Patsy Cline can be heard in Rose's delivery, but the joyous musical bounce of "Menagerie" is too much its own thing to be anyone else's music.

Customer Reviews

It’ll grow on you, if you let it

I discovered this a little over a year ago, but I've yet to really experience listening fatigue with it. The Stand In falls a bit more on the pop side of alt country, which is fine by me. Caitlin has a seductive yet unpretentious vocal presence at times reminiscent of Jenny Lewis or a more seasoned Zooey, maybe even Loretta Lynn. If you don’t find anything memorable, you’re probably just numb to the fact that alt country female singers tend to be a dime a dozen, and you’re not giving Caitlin the requisite listening time to prove that she’s got more to offer. Yes, there is a lot of music in this vein, but you may as well appreciate it when it’s done right.

No Dead Flowers

Caitlin’s great but this album is overproduced and stale. Her vocals are too perfect and lack the whimsy that made “Dead Flowers” an original, organic masterpiece.

Not Focused

It’s not that her songs are necessarily bad (although quite boring), it’s that she’s all over the place. People don’t want to see a movie with eight different styles so why would they follow an artist who they can’t describe. Nothing memorable whatsoever…and also: SHE IS NOWHERE CLOSE TO A PATSY CLINE. NOWHERE CLOSE. Don’t waste your time.

The Stand-In, Caitlin Rose
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