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Editors’ Notes

Although Kate Earl’s 2009 eponymous sophomore album displayed impressive gospel harmonies and slick production, her aptly titled third album, Stronger, is just that. With a return to the rootsy folk style of her 2005 debut, Fate Is the Hunter, everything here sounds stronger. With ample help from Brett Dennen and Blake Mills, the songs here resonate with the sunflared, backlit, Southern California–style tones of '70s AM radio. The opening title track balances this homespun familiarity with a warm and earthy mix that’s perfectly suited for Earl’s vocal style, recalling Joni Mitchell by way of Chan Marshall. The amorous folk-pop tune “One Woman Army” reveals its catchiness before the sing-along chorus chimes in, while “I Don’t Want to be Alone” channels the musical spirits of Laurel Canyon’s bygone heyday. Layered over a twangy slide guitar, the harmonies in this one recall those on Linda Ronstadt’s 1974 solo album Heart Like a Wheel. The standout cut “California” adds another West Coast anthem to the seemingly endless canon of Golden State songs, but this one emits sardonic slivers of self-deprecation.

Customer Reviews

Another Great Album from Kate Earl

I first found Kate Earl back when her song "Melody" was the free single of the week. That song is by far the most played of the free singles, and it has been in my top 25 since it came out. Doing some research on some of her earlier stuff and all, it is great to hear this; it sounds like it is all her own, and not just a pop album; it is not so heavy on the studio editing, and it is just a great album instrumentally in my opinion.

I give this album 5/5 and with the opinion that Kate Earl has done her time for sure, and should definitely hit big time in the near future, provided she wants too. Keep up the great work!

LONG waited !!!!!

I could not wait for this album to be released.... and to much of my amazement it is as usual ..... AMAZING !!! I Love EVERY album from Kate Earl , she seems to keep her same style with adding a fresh modern sound..... if you LOVE this album as much as i do... PLEASE listen to her other albums .......

amazing and special

Kate !!! This is an amazing album . I hope everyone would enjoyed it as much as i do. I like your music and your spirit Every song is special and unique .
My favorite tracks are 'I dont want to be allone' and"Wicked".Good luck


Born: 1983 in Chugiak, AK

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Songwriter Kate Earl grew up in Chugiak, Alaska, where she began her career by blending the phrasing of Cat Power and Björk with the folk-chanteuse influence of Joni Mitchell. Although heavily involved with her local church, Earl moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and quickly made an impression on the town, scoring airplay on KCRW and Indie 103.1 while catching the ear of Record Collection, a Venice-based label that eventually signed her. She continued to log West Coast performances as she recorded her...
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