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Fine Mess [Deluxe Edition]
     

A Fine Mess [Deluxe Edition]

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by Kate Voegele
 

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"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

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"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. [A deluxed edition with five extra tracks added was also released.]

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Mikael Wood
Her sophomore set, A Fine Mess, makes a deeper impression, especially when she trades wimpy piano plinks for some gritty guitar chords. [B-]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2009
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602527050508
catalogNumber:
001293902
Rank:
54372

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate 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   Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin,Viola
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Leah Katz   Viola
Amy Wickman   Violin
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Will Voegele   Acoustic Guitar
Brian Macleod   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
Dave Bassett   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Producer,drum programming
Eric Gorfain   String Arrangements
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Mark Schwahn   Executive Producer
Kate Voegele   Composer
Will Voegele   Engineer

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A Fine Mess 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
thebigdisaster More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this CD - it's full of wonderful tunes!
iPod More than 1 year ago
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.
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