Apple Tree [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

Apple Tree [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

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by Katie Herzig
     
 

With her third solo album, Apple Tree, Katie Herzig builds on the more commercial pop leanings of her previous record, Weightless, taking a further step away from her acoustic folk beginnings. Here, her catchy songwriting and distinctive smooth, girlish vocal tone approximate a vocal and musical blend of Jewel and See more details below

Overview

With her third solo album, Apple Tree, Katie Herzig builds on the more commercial pop leanings of her previous record, Weightless, taking a further step away from her acoustic folk beginnings. Here, her catchy songwriting and distinctive smooth, girlish vocal tone approximate a vocal and musical blend of Jewel and Ingrid Michaelson. Herzig's first recording after moving from Colorado to Nashville and working with area talent, Apple Tree has a polished, radio-friendly sound that straddles alternative folk and full-band adult alternative pop
ock. The album has earned her continued success in licensing, something she's enjoyed since her debut -- songs from Apple Tree have been featured on television shows including Bones, Grey's Anatomy, and HBO's Bored to Death. The songs' subject matter certainly doesn't hurt their licensing appeal; this is a collection of mostly pleasant love
elationship songs with a couple of more intense ones for contrast in "I Hurt Too" and "Wish You Well" ("I want to smell your scent/I want to breathe the air I did before you left"). Employing handclaps, bells, and whistling, the album is sweet but not too sweet, with electric guitar, drums, and strings adding weight and texture. The record also takes some interesting turns, like "Sumatra" with its "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" vibe, and the ad lib tempo of the expressive, stripped-down "Gypsy Girl," which incorporates a wistful musical quotation from "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Despite a few distractingly predictable rhymes and the title-acknowledged reuse of the phrase "apple tree" in three different songs (to be fair, "Forevermore" takes its "apple tree" chorus from the song popularized by Kay Kyser as "Playmates"), the album demonstrates flexibility in Herzig's songwriting and an aptitude for hooks that should appeal to a broad audience.

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Editorial Reviews

Billboard
Herzig's gifts as a songwriter have stood out perhaps due to the fully produced nature of her songs, recorded with care and a bigness that transcends the potentially damning status of just being another girl in Nashville with a guitar. With a full backing band, string sections and her understated vocals front and center, "Apple Tree" is an adventurous and playful album perfect for the triple A set.
Paste Magazine
[Katie Herzig's] latest, Apple Tree, pushes her now-signature style—brightly textured acoustic pop that’s clever yet sincere, sunny but grounded—to exquisite new heights. It’s Herzig’s most accomplished work to date.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/03/2009
Label:
Barnes Noble Consign
UPC:
0634479755064
catalogNumber:
97550
Rank:
13569

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Katie Herzig   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Stick,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Beat Box,Musician
David Welsh   Electric Guitar
Kim Richey   Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Garett Buell   Percussion
Tyler Burkum   Electric Guitar
Sandra McCracken   Background Vocals
Ruby Amanfu   Background Vocals
Will Sayles   Drums
Ben Shive   Mellotron
Chris Coleman   Bass
Andrew Osenga   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Claire Indie   Cello,Dancer
Aaron Johnson   Bass
Jordan Brooke Hamlin   Clarinet,Horn
Matt Pierson   Bass

Technical Credits

Kim Richey   Composer
Tim Lauer   Composer
Katie Herzig   Composer,Producer,Artwork
Aaron Johnson   Programming,Producer

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