Album Name: Louder Than Words
Artist: Kate Voegele
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent
Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
My first thought when I saw her photo is she looks like Michelle Branch mixed with Jessica Beal. Then I put the CD in and guess what? She even sounds like Branch a little. I would call this nice catchy pop.
What stands out is Voegele’s amazing vocal talent. The music is your Top-40 flavored stuff, but the voice is far superior. The songs are good, so it’s not this, which keeps her in the everyday pop vein. I believe it’s the production and/or instrumentation. I imagine that she’s great live without all the extra production.
Another thing that stands out is her age. She’s 18 for Pete’s sake. I would have put that voice to a much older person.
“Kindly Spoken” is my favorite, mostly because it’s just her and piano (for the most part) and is less muddled with other stuff. It’s a great song and her voice really shines here.
I would like to hear more from Kate Voegele, but with less bells and whistles. Yet, it would not surprise me at all to hear her on the radio in the near future. She’s play very well in the tween pop category with Maria Mena, Anna Nalick and the like. They’re all talented women and in today’s pop music they’re the best at it.
Posted on May 11, 2005
1. Only Fooling Myself
2. Facing Up
3. Top of the World
4. Kindly Unspoken