Catie Curtis My Shirt Looks Good On You

Following in the milquetoast singer-songwriter tradition, Catie Curtis's My Shirt Looks Good On You is an adequate release but it lacks the passion, pain and occasional unbridled lust for life found in many alt-country artists of late. This, her fourth album, features the production of Trina Shoemaker, who is credited with producing Sheryl Crow and it shows. It is inoffensive, bloodless and hence unchallenging. The "take you by the hand" lyrics are personal but obvious, as in "Love Takes The Best of You." Nothing really grabs you, which may explain why Curtis's music has been featured on such shows as Felicity and Dawon's Creek. This is slick, TV-ready, easy listening country for the Melissa Etheridge set. (Rykodisc)