(21 March 2004) Boston-based folk-pop singer/songwriter Catie Curtis is back again
with her new album, Dreaming in Romance Languages (Vanguard Records (USA)
2004). Likened to Sarah McLachlan, Curtis has a strong and gritty sound that
distinguishes her from the crowd. Her songs have received substantial airplay
exposure on shows such as Dawson's Creek and Chicago Hope.
She has a devout fan base and her career seems to keep growing in a positive
The eleven tracks continue to display her sensitive lyrics and folksy/pop
melodies. The New Yorker has dubbed Curtis as a "folk-rock goddess"
and that phrase describes her music aptly. "Saint Lucy" opens with a rocky
sound, and Curtis'decisive vocals keep the interest. "Deliver Me," with its
mellow guitar accompaniment, is a lyrically moving melody. Her distinguishable
voice softly and soulfully approaches "Hold On," which tends to have a
folk and sometimes country feel.
"The Night" is a deep, rich and insightful song, with poignant singing.
Curtis demonstrates her range and sensitivity with this beautiful rendition.
The pace changes again with the more upbeat "It's the Way You Are" and
"The Trouble You Bring."
"Cross Over to Me" is another passionate tune with thoughtful words. Lovely
guitar instrumentals complement "Life Goes On." The tunes start swinging again
with "Red Light" and is playful melody. "Doctor" and "Dark Weather" finish
out the album in the same fine style that has been displayed throughout.
Curtis is certainly a talented singer and songwriter. She shows sensitivity
in her beautiful lyrics and passion in her musical performance.
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in Romance Languages is an album that is heartfelt and rich in addition to
showcasing her exceptional talent.--Audrey Elliot