Catastrophe Keeps Us Together (2006) Emo is supposed to be for the girls, not by them. But Rainer Maria's Caithlin De Marrais has disproved that maxim for years. Hookier and… 2006-04-04 Rainer Maria Rock
Music Review

Catastrophe Keeps Us Together (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 04, 2006; Lead Performance: Rainer Maria; Genre: Rock

Emo is supposed to be for the girls, not by them. But Rainer Maria's Caithlin De Marrais has disproved that maxim for years. Hookier and less tortured than her band's defining Look Now Look Again, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together skirts the subgenre, often echoing early R.E.M. with better articulation. Guitarist Kyle Fischer's vocal volleys are missed. But in the unforgiving trenches of De Marrais' love songs, the solitude just makes her sound tougher.

Originally posted Mar 31, 2006 Published in issue #871 Apr 07, 2006 Order article reprints