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Apple Tree

Katie Herzig

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Album Review

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/rock. 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/relationship 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.

Customer Reviews

Easy Favorite

My little brother is constantly recommending artists for me to check out. He almost always gets it right so I didn't hesitate when a link to Katie Herzig's new album landed in my inbox. Not only did he get it right, yet again, but he introduced me to what is sure to be one of my top 5 albums of 2009. From the opening of "Songbird," I was hooked. Her voice is sublime and the arrangements are just as fetching. Some favorites in addition to "Songbird" are the catchy "Forevermore" with a nod to the children's rhyme that goes "Say, say my playmate...," "Hologram," "How the West Was One," and the not-as-peppy-but-just-as-delightful "I Hurt Too." Apple Tree is just the breath of fresh air I needed after enduring so much pop music pollution.

Oh wow

This is so beautiful. I think im going to be obsessed, it reminds me of women a long time ago like Anne of Green Gables and like somehow when i listen to this im going to be transported there drinking tea and riding buggies. Im so tired right now and i feel like this music is a dream. Im going to show my friends :)

This is incredible.

I try to listen to a lot of music because I want to know what is out there that I am missing. I had a friend recommend Katie Herzig to me when I was making a mix CD of happy female songwriters. The first song of hers I listened to was "Jack and Jill" which is a knock-out. Not only was it great, I used it as the first song on the CD. So in my excitement I decided to listen to her latest stuff but didn't think she could match the high expectation I had in my mind. I was way wrong. Katie uses an incredible mix of her own warm and unique melodies to go with familiar melodies made her own. Every song is different, and if it is just plain Katie, she does something to make it unique and memorable. The only song I did not like was "I Will Follow." Every time I really listen to an album, I look for throw away songs that were just put on to make it longer and don't match the goodness of the better songs. There are usually 3 or 4 on any given album. I only thought there was 1 on this album. Every other song was either great or close to it. My favorite songs were "How the West Was Won," "Songbird," "I Hurt Too," and "Wish You Well." This is an incredible album and it went by way too fast. So I will have to listen to it MANY MORE TIMES!

Biography

Born: California

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Katie Herzig struck out on her own after eight years as the frontwoman for Newcomers Home. Herzig was no stranger to the solo game, having released her first solo album, Watch Them Fall, in 2004, so it was no surprise when, following the dissolution of Newcomers Home in 2006, Herzig put together a second album, Weightless, which was released that summer. Comprised of quirky, heartfelt songs that nodded to twangy, warm-voiced artists like Devon Sproule and Neko Case, the album generated quite a bit...
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