Artist: Caitlin Rose

Album: Own Side Now

Background Info: Caitlin Rose is currently a critical darling in Europe, thanks to the stark intimacy of her Dead Flowers EP.  Now backed by a full band, Rose’s sound is a perfect marraige of the lush country pop of Patsy Cline and the confessional introspection of Carly Simon.

Who Will Love It: Laurel Canyon devotees.

Why You Should Care: Rose’s voice is wistful and delicate, a rarity these days. She sings about heartbreak and loss with conviction, but the sentiment isn’t overwrought or histrionic, just a part of life.  She also has a knack for hooks; “Shanghai Cigarettes” is one of the catchiest songs of the year.

Key Tracks: Shanghai Cigarettes, Things Change, Own Side