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Catherine Irwin's second solo album is a showcase for her considerable writing skills both musically and lyrically as well as her singular performance style. Little Heater combines raw and unadorned vocals with lush countrypolitan-style productions: gorgeous string sections, pedal steel guitar and dense layers of vocal harmonies. Lyrics follow the themes of old-time music -- loss, despair, ... Read more in Amazon's Catherine Irwin Store

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B007VZY2OM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Catherine Irwin's second solo album is a showcase for her considerable writing skills both musically and lyrically as well as her singular performance style. Little Heater combines raw and unadorned vocals with lush countrypolitan-style productions: gorgeous string sections, pedal steel guitar and dense layers of vocal harmonies. Lyrics follow the themes of old-time music -- loss, despair, self-destruction and delusion -- but the references and turns of phrase are entirely modern and entirely Catherine's. As she did on 2002's spare and haunting Cut Yourself a Switch, or as she has done as the primary songwriter in Freakwater, Catherine aims her laser wit into the dark corners of the human condition.

Little Heater features guest appearances from Bonnie Prince Billy, Tara Jane ONeil (Rodan, Retsin), Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton (Ida), Marc Orleans (D Charles Speer & the Helix, Sunburned Hand of the Man), and Jean Cook (Jon Langford, The Mekons)

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Some things take time if you want them to be good -- sourdough bread, bourbon, wine, and music from Catherine Irwin... Little Heater is a lovely, evocative album that touches the heart, the soul, and the intellect with equal force; this is the work of a singular artist working at the top of her game and it demands to be heard. --All Music

Catherine Irwin channels sadness in mellow Southern tones with the best of them --Magnet

Catherine Irwin's work has been called "alt-country" as long as the term has existed and has remained one of its key voices... The arrival of Little Heater, only Irwin's second solo album, is therefore a notable event, and nothing about it disappoints. --Exclaim

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Todd Lekan on September 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Catherine Irwin's music grabs the gut in the tradition of the finest folk/country American music. She drinks from the same stream as Hank Senior, the Carter Family, Dock Boggs, and Hazel Dickens. She appropriates the folk tradition without simply duplicating it. Her lyrics are fresh, wittty, and emotionally charged. The music is subtle and well-crafted, serving Irwin's raw vocals. Sometimes, the beautiful wails, and nobody wails like Catherine Irwin.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bingo Sanchez on October 4, 2012
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Catherine Irwin has done it again! Little Heater is a collection of flawless tunes and is essential for all fans of country and folk. Irwin's raw vocal delivery is juxtaposed by beautiful production: crisp acoustic guitars, atmospheric pedal steel and the occasional lush string section. The lyrics, melody and song structure have a definitive old-timey feel, but the record feels quite modern. My favorite track has to be "To Break Your Heart". Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy (a.k.a. the lord and savior of this frail world), lends his vocals to this track that will surely break your heart (no pun intended). This is real American music from the heartland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cornell on January 31, 2013
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While we wait for the next Freakwater CD to appear in 2013 (their first in 8 years), this great record bridges the gap. Catherine Irwin is, in my opinion, the most consistently great songwriter going. Going back to listen to "Louisville Lip" on Springtime or "Hero/Heroine" on Old Paint or "My Old Drunk Friend" on Feels Like the Third Time, I'm reminded that she's a worthy successor to Hank Payne, Harlan Howard, Buck Owens, and the best country songwriters. This record (her second) is a stunner, although maybe just equally as great as first one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sara didonato on April 17, 2013
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great songwriting, great interpretations of other's songs, and great taste in cover material, just like her Freakwater work. Love Catherine Irwin.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles Aria on February 1, 2013
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Although it would be unfair to say that my assessment of the disc is that "I hate it," the truth is that I cannot play it, so I have no way to form an opinion. Due to (I suppose) some kind of malfunction in the production of the disc, it does not play, either in my auto cd player, or my home stereo. The data simply reads, "disc not loaded," even though it has been. So, basically, I threw away fifteen dollars.
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