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Truth From Lies
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
On her 1995 debut, Curtis hints at the wise songwriting of her more mature work, even if she doesn't always seem sure of the way there. She stumbles a bit with forced images (the lover in "Crocodile Tears" threatens to gob... more »
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On her 1995 debut, Curtis hints at the wise songwriting of her more mature work, even if she doesn't always seem sure of the way there. She stumbles a bit with forced images (the lover in "Crocodile Tears" threatens to gobble her up), awkward humor (in "Slave to My Belly" she converses with her tummy), and a few strained defenses of her sexuality. At the same time, Curtis offers what remains her finest song, "Troubled Mind," with its braided, fingerstyle guitar figures and simple, pure refrain: "I'm tired from all the weight / I'm tired of being strong / So won't you come and stay / And let me lay down in your arms." Curtis is often compared to Shawn Colvin, but Colvin hasn't written or sung this soulfully since her own debut. Guest spots from fellow New Englanders John Gorka (harmony) and Patty Larkin (guitar) complement Curtis's lucid, clean folk rock. --Roy Kasten
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bola | USA | 04/24/2002
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"A friend of mine loaned me this CD...let's just say that I now own *all* of Catie Curtis' work. She is a remarkable songwriter who is still developing. This is her most raw, unpolished work, but i like it that way. "Troubled Mind" is one of the best ballads i've heard in a long time. Crash Course in Roses is also a great album...If you like folk / singer-songwriter acoustic music, you'll love all her work."
I'm a slave to my belly!
Melissa L. Hutchins | 11/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw Catie Curtis a few weeks ago as the opening act to a Dar Williams concert. I am hooked. I have never enjoyed an opening act this much. I just got Truth From Lies because I love her song "Slave to My Belly" and found myself singing it on the way to work the next day. The first verse goes like this: "I'm a slave to my belly 'cause it got to be fed/Every morning, well it lifts me out of bed/ and says: 'Go to work for me baby./Buy me some bread and some wine.'/My belly doesn't like me to be playing guitar all the time/So I'm on the train all the way to town/I sell my day and ride away to town..." This song just makes me laugh because I am a slave to my belly, it wants to be fed, and that's why I'm on the train, going to work. The amazon.com review calls this awkward humor, but I think it's great. The entire CD hasn't stuck with me yet, though, hence 4 stars not 5."