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My Shirt Looks Good on You

Catie CurtisAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00005NBXW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Run
2. Kiss That Counted
3. Jane
4. Patience
5. Love Takes The Best Of You
6. Bicycle Named Heaven
7. My Shirt Looks Good On You
8. Don't Lay Down
9. Elizabeth
10. Now
11. Walk Along The Highway
12. Sugar Cane
13. Hush
14. The Big Reprise

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Now a veteran of the New England singer-songwriter scene, Catie Curtis offers her most musically seductive album in 2001, but that's not necessarily good news. Backed by longtime friends Jimmy Ryan (formerly of the Blood Oranges and one of the most tasteful, compelling players in folk rock), bassist Andrew Mazzone, and young guitar-slinger Duke Levine, Curtis pushes further towards the danceable folk-pop of Shawn Colvin and Sheryl Crow, and pulls back from the close-to-the-bone songwriting that was once her signature. With the exception of the Southern working-class portrait "Sugar Cane" (co-written with Mary Gauthier) and closer "The Big Reprise" (a prickly meditation on divine injustice), Curtis mostly slips into the girl-meets-girl sentimentality of the title track, the adult contemporary clichés of opener "Run," or the haphazard coffeehouse diary of "Patience." The latter is a virtue these songs reveal too rarely. --Roy Kasten

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catie does it again... August 22, 2001
By mdsc18
Format:Audio CD
Catie Curtis is truly an incredible singer/songwriter. I have seen Catie Curtis is concert around 7 or 8 times and I am yet to be disappointed. I consider her my all-time favorite performer...she is truthful, passionate, and makes the stage glow. Her albums have always been wonderful, but My Shirt Looks Good on You is the most successful at capturing some of the glow that she has on stage. My Shirt is a lot different from previous albums, more playful and danceable, but still captures Catie's truthfulness and melodic voice. The new songs are more folk-pop than she has ever written before, which adds a great mix to her concert playlist along with Catie's previous tunes.
"Jane", "Patience", "Kiss that Counted" and "Run" are all very poppy...but quite enjoyable. The album was recorded an a old church turned recording studio and you can hear the deep acoustics most on these songs. I love that she can write folk music that is both lyrically moving and danceable.
"Elizabeth", "Don't Lay Down", "Sugar Cane", and "Love Takes the Best of Us" are true Catie. Each of these songs weaves a story and by the end of the three or four minutes you are experiencing the feelings described first hand.
Getting right down to it. Buy this album. See her in concert. Catie deserves all the success that she earns. 'My Shirt Looks Good On You' is sure to put you in a good mood and convince you that Catie Curtis is the most incredibly performer you have heard in years.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Box October 11, 2001
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On Catie Curtis' 6th release, counting her 2 Mongoose releases "Dandelion" and "From Years to Hours" -- which I still am searching for copies of -- she moves out of the box from her previous releases, exploring somewhat new territory. (Her rendition of "Silent Night" on the "Snow Angels" 1996 CD is on my Christmas music rotation this year!) The CD opens with "Run" which has Catie's buttery guitar chiming to a slow rhumba-like beat. "Kiss That Counted" is a great pop tune as she sings that this kiss is "the one that mattered, that shattered my defenses." Catie's cracking vocals highlight "Jane." "Patience" is a driving tune, one of my favorites on the CD, "And down in the graveyard, they're listening to the underground; they're the only ones that ever learned to calm down." As near social consciousness as Catie's gotten, "Love Takes the Best of You" is about a child from Cambodia given up for adoption by its mother so the child could have a better life -- breathtaking. For me, "Bicycle Named Heaven" is not Catie's most original melody, a song about unrequited love. Michael Eisenstein's hot electric guitar rips through the title tune with Catie's scorching rocker, "Love & happiness, that's my condition." This track blows the roof off the CD & makes this a must-buy! Hot sax and Catie's bluesy empassioned vocal make "Don't Lay Down" shine. "Elizabeth" is a love song with a music box melody. "Now" is a great psychological study in dysfunction about someone who does everything they can to break up a relationship because they want it so much and are sure they can't have it; it's complex and so real. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I must disagree!! October 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I recently had the opportunity to see Catie on her current tour. I'd heard a few songs from this album a year ago, when she opened for Dar Williams, and have to say that I was NOT disappointed. Although I agree that several of her older songs have a stronger "edge" and more of a theme of social awareness, these songs have their own beauty. It seems to me that as artists write more and grow in their talents, they a) say what they need to say "socially" and b) explore with different and bigger sounds as they're able, as success and progress enable them to do so. Maybe Catie's said her piece on some of the more cutting social issues; maybe she's moving into a new phase of life herself, with a less adversarial approach to those issues. Her songs have always seemed to be a commentary on what's happening in and around her (which the stories she tells on stage confirm), so my assumption is that as she grows and changes through the years, so does her music.
Regardless of the bigger, more produced sounds, I've thoroughly enjoyed the new album. "Patience," "Don't Lay Down," "Elizabeth," "The Big Reprise" and "Bicycle Named Heaven" are my favorites. I also urge everyone to see Catie live if you have a chance; her shows are packed with energy, and you get more than a glimpse into the terrific spirit that abounds from this musician. Go Catie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By pawlie
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I will always believe that her beautifully crafted more intimate material from her first two releases were her best work, but this CD is in and of itself a very fine effort. There are some cuts that are obvious leftovers 'Roses", the least impressive of CC's releases(still good, mind you, but numbe r4 in the Catie Curtis Catalogue). Kiss that Counted and the title cut might well get CC some well deserve airplay, as they are tunes that fit well into the new breed of Progressive Rock radio stations. All in all, I would say that this CD should satisfy most of CC's loyal fan base while opening the door to some new listeners, and, with any luck open the doors to bonafide stardom for Ms. Curtis. Don't worry, we're not talking VH-1 Diva stardom here(thank goodness!!), but perhaps on the recognition level of a Shawn Colvin or Jewel. Go Catie. P.S.-I witnessed her first live performance of her new stuff at a free outdoor gig at Boston's City Hall Plaza and she packed some major energy into her tunes. From what I saw(and heard), she is a "must see" performer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catie
I think this is a great collection as always. I can feel her passion in every word. I just love Catie's music.
Published 6 months ago by K. Winkleman
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure
If you are all about the lyrics and simply want the music to fit the words and be a little unexpected - get this and have a good time.
Published on August 6, 2011 by V. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars some great stuff
I cant give this five stars because there are a few weak tracks but there are some great songs here too. I play the Reprise song all the time, its irresistable.
Published on October 6, 2008 by Karen A. Lebens
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant arrangements
I had not heard this artist before, but I bought this after listening to some samples. What strikes me about Catie is that her voice sounds almost identical to that of Edie... Read more
Published on February 19, 2005 by Ornello
5.0 out of 5 stars This one grows on you . . .
This CD was obviously a victim of bad timing (it was released in September 2001) because it has not gotten the play it deserves. Read more
Published on January 21, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
I was sampling CDs when I gave this one a try. I bought it and have been thrilled with my purchase. I am really surprised there are some extremely negative reviews here. Read more
Published on January 1, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A great CD
I had never heard of Catie Curtis before reading a magazine article about her, and I admit buying this partly because I think she's so cute. Read more
Published on August 9, 2002 by "janevaningen"
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Catie Curtis is a wonderfully talented vocalist, songwriter and musician. Her songs speak from the heart, with wonderfully poignant lyrics and beautiful melodies. Read more
Published on February 28, 2002 by "beccal0u"
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE AND HAPPINESS from Catie's Latest CD
MY SHIRT LOOKS GOOD ON YOU is Catie Curtis's most electric--and electrifying--recording thus far. Previous CD's have been lyrical and well-crafted, but this new one consistently... Read more
Published on February 3, 2002 by Lori L. Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Catie Curtis
I picked up this CD having heard a blurb on NPR about it. Ms. Curtis has a truly expressive singing style. Read more
Published on February 1, 2002 by Steve Buhaly
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