Album: Own Side Now
Background Info: Caitlin Rose is currently a critical darling in Europe, thanks to the stark intimacy of her Dead Flowers EP. Now backed by a full band, Rose’s sound is a perfect marraige of the lush country pop of Patsy Cline and the confessional introspection of Carly Simon.
Who Will Love It: Laurel Canyon devotees.
Why You Should Care: Rose’s voice is wistful and delicate, a rarity these days. She sings about heartbreak and loss with conviction, but the sentiment isn’t overwrought or histrionic, just a part of life. She also has a knack for hooks; “Shanghai Cigarettes” is one of the catchiest songs of the year.
Key Tracks: Shanghai Cigarettes, Things Change, Own Side