CD Review: 'Apple Tree' by Katie Herzig

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Friday, July 24, 2009


"Apple Tree"

Kindred spirits: Ingrid Michaelson, Theresa Andersson

Show: Friday at Iota with Hoots and Helmouth. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. 703-522-8340.

Katie Herzig's latest album, "Apple Tree," is a compilation of sweet, creative songs with poetic lyrics, light soprano vocals and lovely, emotive melodies. What sets it apart is the imaginative production choices that take good songs and make them great: an electric guitar here, a synthesizer there, even a couple of sticks on a pair of flip-flops as in "Sumatra." Such choices add texture and excitement to the simple songs without overshadowing Herzig's unwavering, comfortable and appealing voice.

The album is full of youthful musings on love. Yet the songs are smart and thoughtful, not overly dramatic, sappy or transparent. Many of the songs, especially "Forevermore," have a playful, nursery-rhyme-like quality. The repeated, rhythmic verses coupled with Herzig's childlike tone make the tunes reminiscent of playground games.

The album is solid throughout. "Wish You Well" bears a strong resemblance to Ingrid Michaelson's "Keep Breathing," and you'll hear a K.T. Tunstall influence on such songs as "I Want to Belong to You." (All three musicians have showcased songs on TV's "Grey's Anatomy.") And that is fine. There is plenty of room for another talented musician like Herzig.

-- Moira E. McLaughlin

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