A Fine Mess [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
"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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
"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.]
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-]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2009
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602527050508
  • Catalog Number: 001293902
  • Sales rank: 21,024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Inside Out (3:58)
  2. 2 99 Times (3:28)
  3. 3 Who Are You Without Me (3:25)
  4. 4 Angel (4:12)
  5. 5 Sweet Silver Lining (3:37)
  6. 6 Playing with My Heart (3:58)
  7. 7 Manhattan from the Sky (3:31)
  8. 8 Talkin' Smooth (4:28)
  9. 9 Lift Me Up (4:34)
  10. 10 Say Anything (3:50)
  11. 11 Unfair (4:09)
  12. 12 Forever and Almost Always (4:39)
  13. 13 Playing with My Heart (3:48)
  14. 14 We the Dreamers (3:27)
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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, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mike Elizondo Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Eric Gorfain Violin
Daphne Chen Violin, Viola
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Leah Katz Viola
Amy Wickman Violin
Aaron Sterling Drums
Will Voegele Acoustic Guitar
Brian Macleod Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Her

    I first heard of Kate Vogele on Barnes and Noble..took a chance and love her. Its upbeat and fresh. Like the first cd better. I like alot of alternative new music. Would recommend this.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful, Fun and Soulful

    I didn't think could top her first CD but I think A Fine Mess is a big step up from her first album. My favorite tracks are Lift Me Up , 99 Times and Sweet Silver Lining. Her lyrics are beautiful and all of the songs meaningful.I highly recomment this CD if you're looking for inspiring music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent CD

    Although I think Kate Voegele's first CD is better than this one, this is still an excellent CD and it does not disappoint. I highly recommend it. She is a great musician and her lyrics are amazing. All of the songs are great, even though a few are a little slow for my taste. Kate Voegele is one of the most talented musicians out there right now and she greatly deserves all of her success.

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