Kate Fenner | Magnet

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Magnet

by Kate Fenner

Lovely lush songs from a great singer/new(ish) songwriter, about, among other things, drinking too much, a beautiful girl in a hardware store, a cat, and Egon Schiele's wife Edith, on her deathbed.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Autumn Trees
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2. Delicate Strains
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3. How Hard It Is
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4. Paris
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5. Shopgirl
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6. Leo
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7. Old Man
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8. Some Folks' Lives
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9. Selena
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Magnet is Kate Fenner's second solo album, produced with long-time recording partner, Chris Brown. The title hopes to describe the things which draw us together--towards an ideal balance or an unwelcome inertia.
Lush with strings, economical in length,long on poetry, she hopes you enjoy it.


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Michael Knowles


I was blessed and fortunate enough to get a copy Magnet a little while ago and have listened to it many times over and will do so many times. I could listen Kate's beautiful voice and wonderful lyrics again and again.

I've used a number of her songs in my movies and was lucky enough to get her to appear and perform in my last film, ONE NIGHT. Kate's the real deal.

thanks Kate.

thomas h moody

Magnetic Magnet
Kete Fenner is an interesting and unique artist in this gigantic world of indie music that's happening today.
First of all, there's the voice. Both dusky and illuminating with a jazz quality to it, Fenner's voice is an instrument complete unto itself. Once you've heard it, you'll never mistake her for anyone else. That being said, for this listener the voice is what initially captures one's attention. (It does on "Horses and Burning Cars" too - her first solo outing.)

But there's more to Fenner than just her vocals. She weaves stories, observations, and revelations throughout her lyrics. Her lyrics are not throw away pop lyrics and this is where comparisons to Joni Mitchell come in as well as, in my opinion, to Patti Griffin. She's poetic in a sense where imagery is the main tool in making a point, telling a story or describing a feeling.

"Magnet" is a little more pop oriented in its sound than was "Horses and Burning Cars." For instance "Delicate Strains" has a great catchy hook to its refrain. Meanwhile there's the emotional pull of "Autumn Trees", the ruminating "Paris", the somewhat lighthearted "Shopgirl" and the grand send off of "Selena" - all of which have tunes and hooks that stick in you head. "Some Folk's Lives" (the Paul Simon penned number - and always a favorite of mine) is given a jazz take with only a piano for accompaniment. Appearing as the penultimate song on the CD, it makes a nice wrap up and contrast to what's preceded it, with "Selena" coming along after it to close the opus.

Kate Fenner & Chris Brown (musical partners) deserve more attention than they get in this wide world of pop/alt music. But they seem content doing what they do, even if they do fly a little under the radar. But do yourself a huge favor and pick up this CD. I think you'll find it enjoyable and compelling.

Rob

Infusion
Lovely. It flows...ceaselessly entering into us...igniting rather than exploding...and then, if we let it...flows out from within with bright elegance...illuminating the outer reaches of consciousness. Thank You Kate.