The Stand-In

Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
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Based on 19 reviews
2013 Ratings: #136 / 955
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Based on 17 ratings
February 25, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spin

Mostly, it's the wilting pedal steel, warm analog tubes, and lush heartbreak flourishes of "When I'm Gone" that distinguish Rose from the merchants of new country's jingles.

80
musicOMH

Those who were endeared by Rose’s debut may be surprised, hopefully pleasantly, by the change in tone and attitude shown on The Stand-In.

80
The 405

Where the record excels is in the tracks that incorporate sounds from other genres, crafting crossover gems that truly stand out. 

80
NME

Now a grand old dame of 25, she’s put some meat on her musical bones, cranking up a Stonesy riff on ‘No One To Call’ and test-driving a vampy demeanour on ‘When I’m Gone’, all of it sugared sweet as a nut by her silky voice.

71
Paste

It’s an easy listen with difficult layers, and if Rose quickly secured her status as a top young voice in country music a few years ago, she’s now cemented her position as an important one.

70
Drowned in Sound

This is a record from an artist with increasing maturity, wisdom and talent, and doubtless a hangover to match.

70
DIY

What's most impressive, though, is the lightness of touch with which she tackles the material here

70
Pitchfork

Rose's imperviousness to the whims of modern production and concerns is admirable in a way, though she's undoubtedly got the chops to shed the stylistic crutch if she wanted to.

70
Consequence of Sound

Rose channels a vintage vibe without being a total throwback record. She has a tone that melds well with silky background vocals and just enough pedal steel.

CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
73
Lovely, emotive vocals and rock solid songwriting combined with vintage country arrangements meant to evoke an older time period, every so often belying songs that are more or less pop songs. In a few instances this contrast can detract a bit from the overall effect, and the moments where she really commits to a classic sound lead to the best songs on here. Generally a gorgeous listen regardless.
tha138
69
As alternative as it should, this girl steps in the tradition and demands to leave her mark.
Well done.
FinalLifeline
81
Caitlin Rose's Nashville charm is immense, but it's nothing compared to her skill as a songwriter. Every song on The Stand-In is beautifully sculpted into relatable images, wise metaphors, and frankly-put life lessons. It's a wonder that this hasn't caught on as quickly as She & Him for the softest-leaning part of the indie crowd. It's got more personality than most of that subgenre, and the songwriting to boot.
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Track List

  1. No One To Call
  2. I Was Cruel
  3. Waitin'
  4. Only A Clown
  5. Pink Champagne
  6. Dallas
  7. Golden Boy
  8. Everywhere I Go
  9. Silver Sings
  10. When I'm Gone
  11. Menagerie
  12. Old Numbers
 
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