In The Post #46: Caitlin Rose – Dead Flowers

By on Wednesday, 27th January 2010 at 12:00 pm

Caitlin Rose is a 22 year old country-folk star hailing all the way from Nashville, who chooses to cite Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan as just two of many influences upon her dreamily nostalgic music. Armed with a beautiful voice and an acoustic to go with it, TGTF were terribly excited to be handed Rose’s brand new EP, ‘Dead Flowers’, earlier on this week.

The EP kicks off with ‘Shotgun Wedding’. Said track proves to be a perfect foot-stomper of an opener, led by excitably picked acoustics and Rose’s falsetto twang which often echoes the wide-eyed vocals of Joanna Newsom. ‘Answer In One of These Bottles’, meanwhile, is a catchy Carter Family-esque ditty – the lyrics taking on a noticeably darker demeanour to the Virginia band, however, as it tells tales of alcohol and it’s ability to temporarily pass the pain.

Rose chooses to showcase her inner Patsy Cline while covering the legend’s ‘Three Cigarettes in an Astray’. Admittedly, Cline’s voice will be forever unbeatable, but you truly hear the power of Rose’s lungs here, as she belts out this woozy track with an equal amount of passion as Patsy did back in the 50s.

‘Docket’ is perhaps one of the more light hearted tracks on the EP, especially with it’s unexpected lyrics ala “The surgeon general can suck on my dick”. Intriguing! ‘Gorilla Man’, meanwhile, is similarly playful, with Caitlin’s hick vox jumping joyfully over a tap-tapping tambourine. Still these two tracks are perhaps the least compelling-bodied among the EP, proving that Rose still has time to grow in strength as an artist.

Caitlin drops a second cover among the EP as she takes on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Dead Flowers’. The rock is stripped from the country, with Rose taking the upbeat pace of the original track down a significant notch. This is not to say she doesn’t do the song justice, far beyond it. Rose in fact recites the poignant lyrics near perfectly, her rounded voice buttering over the acoustic calypso wails with pure ease. It’s a truly stunning homage, one which I’m sure Jagger and Richards would be beyond proud of.

The EP ultimately draws to a close, however, with ‘T-Shirt’, the second track on ‘Dead Flowers’ to feature Rose merely reciting over a clapping tambourine. Spouting lyrics of lost love, it’s a whole lot more emotional than ‘Gorilla Man’, and, as she drops the tambourine to the floor at the last breath of the track, ‘T-Shirt’ closes the EP on a stripped back, restrained note, certainly leaving the listener craving more from the wonderful upcoming star that is Caitlin Rose.

Lucky for us, Caitlin is set to release a full-length album later this 2010, so keep your eyes peeled for more music from Miss. Rose very soon.

MP3: Caitlin Rose – Shotgun Wedding

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