Kate Voegele | Don’t Look Away (MySpace)

cd_voegeleShe is oozing with potential and my prediction is that her next album is going to kick Don't Look Away's ass, after she gets a little bit more life experience and a little bit more love and loss under her belt.

 

 

 

 

 

Listening to Kate Voegele's Don't Look Away is kind of like stealing your big sister's diary: a large portion of it is boring, but every once and awhile, there is a juicy tidbit that holds your attention.

At first glance, Voegele is a stereotypical twentysomething girl with a guitar. You know them: Michelle Branch, Jewel and on the darker side of things, Alanis Morisette…need I go on? Every song is about a guy either (a) breaking her heart, (b) capturing her heart, or (c) putting her heart back together. How completely original. Right?

The real question is, is she different? Is Kate Voegele going to be the one who breaks the mold? The answer is…potentially.

Now, truth be told, the tracks on her album sound mostly the same. In "It's Only Life," I cannot tell if Voegele is striving for irony or if she is just naïve when she sings, "Well get back on your feet/ yeah, don't look away/ don't run away, baby it's only life." It seems like its supposed to be a heartfelt, get-back-on-the horse-when-life-kicks-the-shit-out-of-you kind of song, but honestly, it just comes off as clichéd and fake. It's too bad the lyrics blow, because the melody and Voegele's voice on the track are beautiful.

However, like the aforementioned diary, some tracks on this album make it worthwhile. "Chicago" is catchy and has an almost an alt-country feeling to it, building up in the first verse to the chorus about breakups and broken love. "Might Have Been" is also an interesting track, upbeat in a go-for-it, confident sort of way about risking it and giving love a shot.

"Only Fooling Myself," the standout track, perfectly describes that captivating feeling of first love or more so, unrequited love. In it, she sings wistfully, "I don't know why I keep thinking that one day I'll turn around/ I'll see your hand reach out, I'm only fooling myself, oh/ But maybe when you smile it means you'd stay awhile/ Just maybe you'd save me now." It is a feeling and an idea that I think many can relate to their own lives. "Only Fooling Myself" is that heartfelt, poignant song that could put Voegele on the map and in the Top 40.

In the end, for me, the verdict is still out on Voegele. Her talent is there, in both her writing and in her musical craftsmanship. She is oozing with potential and my prediction is that her next album is going to kick Don't Look Away's ass, after she gets a little bit more life experience and a little bit more love and loss under her belt. While some tracks might make you want to look away, keep your eye on Voegele, because she might be in your Top 40 sooner than you think. B | Katie Herring

RIYL: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, Mandy Moore

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