A Fine Mess This L.A. singer's 2007 debut was easily confused with similarly wistful work by Michelle Branch and Marié Digby. But thanks to a hard-candy production job… A Fine Mess This L.A. singer's 2007 debut was easily confused with similarly wistful work by Michelle Branch and Marié Digby. But thanks to a hard-candy production job… 2009-05-18 Kate Voegele Pop
Music Review

A Fine Mess (2009)

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Kate Voegele
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 18, 2009; Lead Performance: Kate Voegele; Genre: Pop

This L.A. singer's 2007 debut was easily confused with similarly wistful work by Michelle Branch and Marié Digby. But thanks to a hard-candy production job by Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Maroon 5) — as well as a serious charisma upgrade that seems attributable to Kate Voegele's acting gig on the show One Tree Hill — her sophomore set, A Fine Mess, makes a deeper impression. Especially when she trades wimpy piano plinks for some gritty guitar chords: Leadoff single ''99 Times'' is definitely the best disco-grunge kiss-off you’ll hear all week. B–

Download This: Listen to the song 99 Times at imeem.com

Originally posted May 13, 2009 Published in issue #1048 May 22, 2009 Order article reprints