Today’s review (number 5!), and my next one will both be folk/country EPs.
Caitlin Rose’s Columbia Hotel EP does not seem to have been an official release on its own completely. It seems it was bundled with the some of the first versions of her debut, Own Side Now. And also for sale on tour (where I picked my copy up).
Regardless, it is five songs long, two of which can be found on Own Side Now, “Own Side”, and “For the Rabbits.” Two more are covers, “Faithless Love” (written by J.D. Souther, performed by Linda Ronstadt in 1974, and Glen Campbell ten years later), and “Marie” (Randy Newman). It also contains one more original, “You Never Come Home for Christmas.”
Caitlin Rose has a very well suited voice for the genre, harking back to the old days of country, such as Patsy Cline (who she covers on her Dead Flowers EP, 2008). And her delivery is fairly straight forward, which works well, as she does not need any sort of theatrics to add anything to the music.
Arrangements are fairly minimal, again, however, like her voice, that works wonders. “Own Side” is the same version as on her full length, however “For the Rabbits” is a much more laid-back version with just acoustic guitar and a little organ, whereas the album version has percussion and harmonies. Both covers she makes her own. That of course is easier to say since I only just listened to the original versions, yet most people would probably think they were her own, unless they knew the originals. Aside from Christmas being in the title of “You Never Come Home for Christmas”, one would not know it as a Christmas tune. It also features backup vocals by Keegan DeWitt prominently in the chorus.
Definitely worth seeking out (or the easier to find Dead Flowers EP, or her full-length) for fans of country/folk with a hint of Americana (even if the Americana aspect could be argued, in a world of poppy country, it is probably safe to say).