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Catherine Tuttle - What They Will Find

What They Will Find

Catherine Tuttle

Candid/Zone7 - 78505

Available from Catherine Tuttle's web site

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

This new disc from this nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter from Philadelphia is a giant step forward. What it gives is an indication of even greater promise for this multitalented person for the future, She wrote 12 of the 13 songs, and what does she pick to cover, but Fontella Bass' hit, Rescue Me. Tuttle's writing is strong and clear, as might be expected from a Harvard freshman that has been writing for years and did her first recording when she was sixteen. She has a tendency to keep her songs close to the same tempos. There doesn't seem to be a lot of emotional energy invested in the stories, as if she is keeping the song at a distance the words don't imply. She seems the observer of life and not emotionally involved in what is swirling around her, even Rescue Me has a distant feel. That said, her voice has a comforting and smooth quality that envelops the listener. You can hear the inspiration of Carole King in her singing and her song stylings, but most definitely in her piano playing. The piano is the dominant instrument here as she is an excellent piano player. Her band is tight and sharp; it provides the right amount of backing and never over-steps the supporting role. Her voice is strong and has an assurance about it that belie her few years, that is very pleasing, and that, combined with the strength of her piano playing and talents as a songwriting, make the listener look forward to the time when she can emotionally take the song into her heart (she lets loose a little on Vintage Heart with good results). She even sings of this exact feeling in her song, Free Bird. Juggling Harvard and a singer/songwriting career can be daunting, but she shows great and growing talents that have the listener looking to the future growth that will come with experience.

Track List:

  • What They Will Find
  • Free Bird
  • In Short
  • To Understand
  • Tell Me Something New
  • Ink on the Skin
  • Restless
  • Alone
  • Good Day Song
  • Kerosene
  • Rescue Me
  • Vintage Heart
  • Ange Tombé

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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