03. So I want to give Caitlin Rose, here, a space of her own, if only because she (not her mom, not John Darnielle, not Joan Didion) wrote what is thus far, if I can quantify my listening, my favorite album of 2013.
04. I guess I can quantify it: 119 plays (iTunes) /12 tracks = roughly 10 listens since I received the promo.
05. I’m just embarrassing myself now, aren’t I? Anyway.
06. I wanted to write a sophisticated piece about the facts of country music: the decline of country life and the rise of country songs, atemporal nostalgia, and symbolic orders — that is, something truly fit for Tiny Mix Tapes, a clever report from the front-lines of the culture wars.
07. I wanted to write about the other night when, driving home, I listened to Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round” and thought, “There’s a shift happening in country music, isn’t there?”
08. But, to quote Beckett’s character: “let us be honest at least, it is some considerable time now since I last knew what I was talking about.”
09. What I do know, however, is that (beyond all intellectual posturing) I like Caitlin Rose’s The Stand-In a lot. I like that it’s not so easily classifiable as “country,” but easily classifiable as really great pop music.
10. I like how, on The Stand-In, the variety of pop genres feel less like meandering and more like a series of simple statements of total proficiency.
11. I like, despite my claims of “proficiency,” the songs remain unencumbered by heavy handedness, over-production, and uninspired repetition of the same.
12. I like how it doesn’t even teeter on the edge.
13. I like the way that the appearance of simplicity gives way, in moments, to the depth of expression. I like how it feels like it’s there all along once you start to notice. Finally, I like how good songwriters make innovation (for its own sake) seem totally overrated.
14. I like the lyrical content: how it blends the sardonic and profane with the nostalgic and playful, often in a single song.
15. I like Caitlin Rose’s voice.
16. No, I love Caitlin Rose’s voice.
17. I especially like that I can write all of this about a 25 year old who still has a hundred albums (give or take) ahead of her.
18. What else can I say?
19. Well, if you happen to catch her play live, make sure to bring her some flowers.