Apple Tree [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]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 /i>/i>… See more details below
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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Performance CreditsKatie 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 CreditsKim Richey Composer
Tim Lauer Composer
Katie Herzig Composer,Producer,Artwork
Aaron Johnson Programming,Producer
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Interesting voice, very good melodies with amusing/interesting lyrics. Excellent easy listening. I particularly liked Songbird, How the west was won, I hurt too, Forevermore.
this album seems good, but after listening to it a few times, i think i'll retire it. nothing new, but its worth a listen.
I truly enjoy this cd. The music is smooth and stimulating. It is perfect to drive to or listen to while cooking or relaxing.