A Fine Messby Kate Voegele
"I ain't got no sob story to write," Kate Voegele admits during A Fine Mess, a seasoned album that owes much of its success to One Tree Hill. After joining the show's cast in 2008, Voegele tackled the recurring role of Mia Catalano -- essentially a televised, aliased version of herself -- and used the opportunity to promote her own songs, many of which were woven into the episodes' plotlines. It was an invaluable introduction to an established TV audience, one whose affinity for photogenic actors and heartbroken drama neatly dovetailed with Voegele's music. Sales of her album appropriately spiked, and Voegele returned to the drawing board soon after, looking to strike while the iron was hot. Released in May 2009, A Fine Mess proves to be a fairly veteran production, performed with radio-minded gusto by the songwriter herself and, once again, promoted by a semi-biographical storyline on One Tree Hill. Voegele doesn't stretch her boundaries on these nine songs -- despite posing with an acoustic guitar in the album's liner notes, she only strums it during "Manhattan from the Sky" -- but she does write the material herself, helming the bulk of the tracks on her own and partnering with outsiders on two numbers. Despite those two collaborations, Voegele's own songs are the strongest ones here, particularly the alternative rocker "99 Times" and the breezy, Nashville-influenced "Talkin' Smooth." Her voice is similarly competent, perhaps a bit commonplace in its soulful inflections but agreeable nonetheless, and producer Mike Elizondo highlights the melodies with tight, tasteful arrangements. The only hang-up, then, is the fact that A Fine Mess isn't messy at all; rather, it wields the same combination of saucy strut and well-scrubbed pop
ock that we've heard on previous albums by Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton, and the like. That's good company for most aspiring songwriters, of course, but Voegele may need another few albums to distinguish herself from her predecessors.
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- Interscope Records
Performance CreditsKate Voegele Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Matt Chamberlain Percussion,Drums
Mathew Cooker Cello
Richard Dodd Cello
Jamie Muhoberac Piano,Keyboards
Patrick Warren Piano,Keyboards
Joel Shearer Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike Elizondo Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Eric Gorfain Violin
Daphne Chen Violin,Viola
Abe Laboriel Drums
Leah Katz Viola
Amy Wickman Violin
Aaron Sterling Drums
Brian Macleod Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsDave Bassett Composer
Mike Elizondo Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Dan Muckala Composer
Eric Gorfain Arranger,String Arrangements
Lindy Robbins Composer
Adam Hawkins Engineer
Mark Schwahn Executive Producer
Kate Voegele Composer
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Like Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton before her, Kate Voegele is a powerhouse lyricist. Her songs are all touching, beautiful, and 200% relatable. You can find yourself in every one of these songs. From the accusations of "99 Times" to the pleads of "Who You Are Without Me" to the inspiration of "Lift Me Up" no one can deny that she's got the pipes or the heart for her kind of music. It's a beautiful follow up to her first cd and while most sophmore artists deteriorate on their second disc, Kate proves that you can carry on greatness from one project to the next.
I love this CD - it's full of wonderful tunes!
I've followed Kate's music since she guest starred on "One Tree Hill" as Mia. At first she came out with softer songs like "No Good" and "Kindly Unspoken". Recently she dropped this hot album "A Fine Mess" with beautiful songs like "Sweet Silver Lining" and "99 Times". She's even shot a video of how to play "99 Times" on the guitar. The songs on this album are beautiful and once you hear her voice you won't be able to resist her music.