"Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood," The
Animals once memorably sang. And in so many words, that's precisely
what Kate Voegele is saying with her A Fine Mess album.
Think of this release as Voegele's chance to clear the air and clarify
With the angry "99 Times" Voegele declares she is nobody's
fool. She may have been lied to, and nearly a 100 times, but she
won't let that happen again. Then on "Angel", she informs
some poor, misinformed one, "I'm not your angel, darling."
Okay. So far, we've established that she's smart, but certainly
no softy. On "Sweet Silver Lining", however, Voegele reveals
she also has a vulnerable side, too. "I may be weak but I'm
Although the track "99 times" has a tough, urban feel
to it, Voegele's music sounds more like Americana-pop - if that is
even a valid genre description - much of the time. With the presence
of topnotch studio musicians, such as keyboardist Patrick Warren,
there is plenty of warmth running through these nine songs. For example,
Joel Shearer's electric slide guitar gives "Talkin' Smooth"
just a touch of Bonnie Raitt.
Back in the early days of comedy, Hardy oftentimes chastised
Laurel, saying, "That's another fine mess you've gotten
us into!" And isn't that the same thing we tell ourselves whenever
we get tangled up in a relationship - one that even Houdini couldn't
extract himself from? Voegele spends a lot of time describing messy
relationships with this new work, but you're left feeling confident
that she'll find her way out, eventually. And that she'll be better,
not bitter, once all's said and done. Nevertheless, nobody ever likes
to leave a mess.
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