...please enjoy the haunting voice of Cait Brennan and -- what is perhaps my favorite track from the album -- her splendidly sort of folk-rock-ish "Underworld."
Trust me when I tell you that the entire album -- which is rather more stylistically wide-ranging than the song above might lead you to believe -- is every bit as insinuating. I've been trying to find a way to characterize it overall, but fortunately another reviewer -- Melissa Bratcher, at Popshifter -- did it for me.
Cait Brennan has an instantly recognizable voice, and, paired with her sugary power pop proclivities, makes the kind of music that stops me in my tracks. With an undeniable gift for writing hooky delights, she’s an heir to the throne of the greats: ELO, Nilsson, the Sweet, Rundgren. Her influences are all over her songs and Debutante is a sparkly kaleidoscope of AM Radio, 1970s pop, and confessional lyrics. It’s delightful.
Couldn't agree more, although I would add Big Star and Glam Era Mott the Hoople and David Bowie to the list of influences Cait wears on her sleeve (albeit not on the CD cover, where she's sleveeless). And I would be remiss if I didn't note that the record is beautifully produced, with plenty of sonic sheen but with a charming rough-hewn quality as well, by Fernando Perdomo (who was also involved with the new Emitt Rhodes album).
Meanwhile, I should add that -- besides being a terrific singer/songwriter -- Cait has a pretty amazing backstory. Which I knew nothing about until several weeks after I first fell in love with her record.
You can read about it over at her official website HERE, but suffice it to say she's quite a gal.
Meanwhile,you can -- and very definitely should -- order "Debutante" over at Amazon.
Seriously -- I know it's only February, but so far this is my candidate for Album of the Year.