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  • Audio CD (August 3, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00000JRM5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gave Me Love
2. World Don't Owe Me
3. 100 Miles
4. Fall Away
5. Wise To The Ways
6. What's The Matter
7. I'll Cover You
8. Burn Your Own House Down
9. Roses
10. Look At You Now
11. Stay Up All Night
12. Magnolia Street
13. Start Again

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A Crash Course in Roses finds Boston-based singer-songwriter Catie Curtis streamlining the sound that made her 1997 self-titled release a critical breakthrough. Eschewing lush string and horn arrangements, she allows her songwriting and singing to take center stage on this 13-song set of midtempo, acoustic-flavored folk-pop. An excellent group of musicians (including Morphine drummer Billy Conway) create an intimate backdrop for Curtis's warm, enticing voice. The spare, no-frills arrangements complement the simple honesty of love songs such as "Gave Me Love" and "Magnolia Street." While Curtis clearly works the same musical and emotional terrain as Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter (who sings backup vocals here), she lacks their lyrical and musical bite. These are pretty songs and, taken together, they make for a pretty--though not exceptional--collection. --Percy Keegan

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tim Weber on June 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When you are absolutely floored by an album from a genre that is nowhere near your favorite, you know it's great. I bought this CD after hearing the beautiful "100 Miles" on public radio, and was delighted I took the chance. This is the best album of 1999. No question. Curtis gives her singer/songwriter folk songs an occasional rhythmic kick in the pants that does wonders for them. "World Don't Owe Me", "Wise to the Ways", "What's the Matter", "Fall Away": all magnificent. The second half of the CD is less astonishing, but overall this is highly, highly recommended. That voice! Beautiful and ordinary, like your dear friend who sings. Clever, understated lyrics that cling to you like benign leeches. This is the kind of CD that makes you wish you knew her. Buy this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Even if the world "don't owe her nothing," Catie Curtis is still willing to lay her troubles down and play one more song. Many songs seems to be dealing with the confusion we often feel in relationships when our world if falling apart. Whether it is a relationship where you have been completely honest or one where you have secrets.

Catie Curtis delves into the world of pain, love, loss and even hope. You can hear the longing for unconditional love in her lyrics. She seems to be singing about a woman who has a deep need for understanding and is exploring life in a thoughtful way. The lyrics also express the desires of a heart that is ready to fall and fall hard, but only for someone willing to help her understand the complexities of relationships.

"Gave Me Love" - Seems to be speaking about a friend who loves unconditionally. Maybe the type of friendship we all secretly desire and sometimes try to give. "Don't give up on me now."

"World Don't Owe Me" - If you have ever realized how much we are not owed and how blessed we are by gifts from friends we never thought we'd ever meet or gifts we receive as surprises. This is about resolution, about just sitting back and saying that even though we are not "owed anything" there are things that could make our lives easier and happier and more beautiful.

"100 Miles" - One of my favorite songs. If you've ever wondered where you are in a relationship this will make so much sense to you. It seems to deal with insecurity and a fear of ending a relationship that already seems to be ending on its own. I love the lyrics:

"It's gonna rain, it's gonna pour
Through sickness and worse can I love you more
You carried me when I fell
Can I carry you, can I love that well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By elektra200@aol.com on August 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
catie is absolutely amazing. this cd is proof of that. i was a little nervous about it ... the usual questions popped into my head (ie. "would it be as good as the others?") however, after hearing it the first time, all of my worries were eradicated. it's a perfect cd. now, having listened to it a few (hundred) times, i can assure you that it is AWESOME.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
After making two amazing albums a few years ago, it seemed like maybe "ACCIR" wouldn't be as good, but i was sadly mistaken. This album surpasses her first two major label works. The lyrics are deep and amazing to say the least, and the music is powered by some great drum beats. The slow, and mostly vocal "Magnolia Street" is one of the strongest tracks on the album. My personal favorite is "What's The Matter" on which Curtis sings "This town was my biggest fan/'til i was who i am" and "what if i am black or jew/straight or queer mother of two/run around in a hippie dress/ride my bike in a leather vest/what's the matter"....the album shows Curtis' great maturity, and i can think of no album that is better than "ACCIR". Her voice is amazing and it shows on the other strong cuts "Burn Your Own House Down", and the way-radio friendly "World Don't Owe Me". This album is so great, and ims easily the best album i own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura on July 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I heard the song 'Troubled Mind' from Truth From Lies and was amazed, so I immediately went out to look for the CD ... they didn't have it, in fact, they didn't have anything by Catie Curtis in the record store. I was disappointed but decided I'd wait until I had more money to get it off the internet. I still don't have it - but, I stumbled upon this CD at a used music store and decided to buy it since I liked 2 of her other songs.
This is such a mellow CD, a perfect listen for those lonely or moping around days. I am so glad I bought this gem. Some songs speak better than others, my favourites being 100 Miles, Fall Away, Wise To The Ways, Burn Your Own House Down and Magnolia Street. Even though some songs seem lacking such as Gave Me Love which seems to repeat too much and Start Again which sometimes seems a bit boring, this CD is a great listen and a good buy, I recommend it to anyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
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Well... I'm not really a hotel clerk in Jersey, but I could be... if it meant I got to be Catie's soulmate...
I own all three of Catie's CDs,and I love all of them dearly, but this is, by far, my favorite! I have owned it for over two weeks, and haven't taken it out of my CD player yet! Not only has she grown as a singer, but as a songwriter too. These songs speak to me on a much more personal, but somehow universal level, than her earlier songs do. I always find it freaky when singers write songs that apply exactly to my life, and that is exactly what Catie has done (with songs like Fall Away, I'll Cover you, What's the Matter, and Magnolia Street) in A Crash Course in Roses. Buy it! You'll be tickled pink! Well, at least, I was... :)
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