Q - 5/00, p.1244 stars out of 5
- "...A set of songs just as emotional [as her debut] but with arrangements that shrugged off the folkiness of what had gone before..."
Personnel: Catie Curtis (vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar, percussion); Doug Pettibone (guitar, electric guitar); Tim Pierce (electric & baritone guitars); Michael Thompson (electric guitar); Joel Derouin, Charles Everette, Armen Garabedian, Berj Garabedian, Peter Kent, Eve Sprecher (violin); Lili Haydn (fiddle); Bob Becker (viola); Larry Corbett, Suzie Katayama (cello); Jimmy Ryan (acoustic & electric mandolins); Joe Sublett (alto & tenor saxophones); Darrell Leonard (trumpet, flugelhorn); Roy Bittan (acoustic & electric piano, accordion, organ, synthesizer, background vocals); Julie Wolf (piano); Tony Levin (acoustic & electric basses); Leland Sklar (bass); Kenny Aronoff (drums, percussion); George Black (drum programming); Gia Ciambotti, Jennifer Kimball, Sharon Celani (background vocals).
Recorded at Sound Techniques, Boston, Massachusetts and Rumbo Recorders, Capitol Studios and The Village, Los Angeles, California.
Though Catie Curtis comes out of the folk music scene, the talent that just bursts forth on this CD cannot be pigeon-holed. She sings with rhythm and feeling, and the songs pulse and groove. This is a pop rock record in the best tradition of Bruce Springsteen, which is fitting, since the producer here is Roy Bittan, Springsteen's E Street Band compadre and keyboard man. His production elevates and illustrates Ms. Curtis's songs but never intrudes or obscures the honesty and intensity at the heart of those songs.