Going out isn’t really my thing. I’m more a “stay at home with a good book and some good music” type. But I do like to hang out at a favorite coffeehouse when I can. Cait Devin’s new accoustic album, “Unplugged,” suits both moods. It’s one of those albums that makes great background music for a quiet night in, but also makes the listener look forward to seeing Devin perform the songs onstage.
Fans who do listen to the album at home first, then see Devin perform these songs live may be in for a bit of shock when she first takes the stage, as they will be expecting someone much older to walk out. Cait Devin is only around eighteen years old, but both her guitar playing and vocals sound like she’s been a professional musician for at least twenty years.
“ When I Call You Mine,” brings to mind the strong female singers of the 1990’s. This song could easily fit into a collection of songs by women like Jewel or Shirley Manson of Garbage.
“Cold Blooded” has a 1990’s grunge band feel, making Devin seem a bit like a female Dave Grohl on this track.
While Devin is clearly influenced by 1990’s artists on this album, her own unique style remains apparent. “Falling Down” and “From the Ground Up” bring a more contemplative and contemporary tone to the album overall.
The general mood of the album places it in firmly in the coffeehouse/folk rock genre, but “Ladder” and “Your Sin” both stand out as examples of Devin’s harder edge. It is not difficult to picture her singing and playing guitar in a metal band during either of these songs.
On most albums, there are one or two songs that beg to be played over and over again. The two standouts on Cait Devin’s “Unplugged” are “New York” and “She Got a Call.”
In “New York,” Devin offers the lyric …”all the broken pieces of my mind that you left behind,” guaranteeing this song a spot on everyone’s heartbreak playlist…and a few writing prompt assignments.
“She Got a Call” tells the most compelling story of all the songs on this album. Listening to this song, you cannot help but picture a hopeful woman on a journey after receiving a life changing phone call, and wondering what happens to the character after the song ends.
Fans will of course have to wait until the Covid-19 crisis is over to hear these songs live and in person again….but it’s the perfect album for those already missing the days when we gathered at our favorite coffeehouse to hear great local musical talent.