10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Catherine Feeny came to many people’s attention with the quick and gorgeous tune “Mr. Blue” that was featured in the film Running With Scissors. Since then, she’s spent much time in England before heading back to the U.S. People In the Hole is her third album and her most alluring to date. “You Better Run” punches things up with a horn section that accentuates and reinforces Feeny’s often emotionally frail vocals. “Junk Queen” is a feisty alt-country jam with singer Brian Wright of the Waco Tragedies. But most of the album is what Feeny describes as “ethereal and more experimental.” “The Rest of Them” uses beautifully clenched harmonies to support the simple guitar, piano and silences. “Jacaranda” is another tender ballad that keeps things at a basic, primal level, while “Last Night I Awoke In the Midst of a Dream” has a sorrowful row towards heaven that could be the envy of Patty Griffin. “He’s Like You, Only Better” adds a soda-pop-shop piano and a girl-group arrangement to shine its light.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Catherine Feeny came to many people’s attention with the quick and gorgeous tune “Mr. Blue” that was featured in the film Running With Scissors. Since then, she’s spent much time in England before heading back to the U.S. People In the Hole is her third album and her most alluring to date. “You Better Run” punches things up with a horn section that accentuates and reinforces Feeny’s often emotionally frail vocals. “Junk Queen” is a feisty alt-country jam with singer Brian Wright of the Waco Tragedies. But most of the album is what Feeny describes as “ethereal and more experimental.” “The Rest of Them” uses beautifully clenched harmonies to support the simple guitar, piano and silences. “Jacaranda” is another tender ballad that keeps things at a basic, primal level, while “Last Night I Awoke In the Midst of a Dream” has a sorrowful row towards heaven that could be the envy of Patty Griffin. “He’s Like You, Only Better” adds a soda-pop-shop piano and a girl-group arrangement to shine its light.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

14 Ratings

Great Album!

Christyk44,

At first I didnt know if Catherine could top her first albums since they were so good. This album has more of a poppy feel by adding more instruments into her percussion. All in all it is a very good album and I highly recommend buying it.

Amazing!

hayca817,

This album is amazing. The Rest of Them is one of the most beautifully haunting songs I have ever heard. Catherine is pure talent!

About Catherine Feeny

Although born and raised in Pennsylvania, Catherine Feeny launched her career as a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles. She initially immersed herself in the city's folk scene, taking influence from artists like Gillian Welch and issuing a self-titled album of likeminded material in 2003. However, a friendship with British musician Sebastian Rogers convinced her to decamp to England and rediscover her pop sensibilities. Feeny recorded her sophomore effort, Hurricane Glass, in Rogers' studio; she also took up permanent residence in the county of Norfolk. Flaunting a mix of summery pop and folk ballads, Hurricane Glass was released in the U.K. in June 2006. The piano-fueled single "Mr. Blue" won Feeny some acclaim back home, particularly when it appeared in an episode of The O.C. and the film Running with Scissors, and she soon signed a deal with EMI Records. Returning to America in 2008, she settled in Oregon and began work on her third album, taking time off during the fall to perform alongside a bevy of L.A.-based songwriters on the Hotel Café Tour. ~ Andrew Leahey

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