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Whitney Rose

Whitney Rose

> > Nov 20 2012

Whitney Rose - Whitney Rose
By Kerry DooleIt takes about ten seconds of opening track "At The Do-Si-Do" to understand why a buzz around young P.E.I. native Whitney Rose has quickly spread through the T.O. roots scene. Echoing the likes of Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline, Rose's voice instantly takes you back to a golden age of country music. This debut album confirms she has potential as a songwriter too. An A-list of players and backing vocalists includes David Baxter and Bazil Donovan (they co-produced the disc), Michelle Josef, Devin Cuddy, Nichol Robertson, Bob Egan, Kendel Carson, Justin Rutledge, Ted Hawkins, John Borra and Wayne Petti. The underrated Borra wrote the one cover song here ("In The Afternoon") and it's a sexy gem. Fiddle and pedal steel keep things authentic, and Rose moves from ballads to up-tempo numbers with ease. "Chivalry Is Dead" is an infectious, witty romp, while "At Least It Was Raining" showcases her ability to sell a soulful ballad. "Send You Away" is a touch overwrought and long, but those are minor missteps on one highly convincing debut.
(Cameron House)
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Decent, nothing special. Somewhat pedestrian. Songwriting needs improvement. Do the people at Cameron House know people at Exclaim, or something because an 8 is quite generous I would say?
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This record is beautiful from start to finish. Whitney Rose is a special talent and I can't wait to hear more from her.
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I love the album and find myself playing it over and over. Beautiful, soulful and addictive.
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By-the-numbers old-school country music. If you're older than 50 you will like this album. Check out labelmate Kayla Howran instead as her work is more interesting.
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Well-written country heartbreakers in the Classic style.

Production is very sound, she sings like the secret love child of Johnny Cash and Linda Ronstadt (or is it Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris?) but the song-writing is the real gem here.

Loved it.
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