Don't Look Away



Tween-friendly MySpace artist mixes rock and pop.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Several of the songs talk about treating people badly in romantic relationships, such as "I have been outdone by my own kind/I always traded up, yeah/Now I'm a victim for the first time."

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Only a few sexual references ("Well excuse me for wanting to be/the one and only lock that fits your key").

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Voegele is the first MySpace Records' artist to capture a sponsored headlining tour and will be promoted with a special tour page on the site with videos and blogs. The University of Phoenix is sponsoring the tour and will receive promotion on MySpace, too.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"You threw down your cigarette but it's still hot...It's never easy breakin' this old addiction/I've, I've got the reasons."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Voegele is signed to MySpace's record label and is promoted on the social networking site. Musically, Voegele's repertoire stays firmly planted in kid-friendly lands, discussing the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships without ever getting graphic.

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What's the story?

After her debut album release in 2007, Voegele is once again receiving a wave of attention with the album's re-release, opening performances for Natasha Bedingfield and The Veronicas, and the start of a sponsored headlining tour. Combining elements of rock, pop, and folk, Voegele writes and sings about the difficulties of love -- from being hurt for the first time to leaving a non-communicative boyfriend.

Is it any good?


DON'T LOOK AWAY has many bright spots with only a few dim moments, as Voegele shines on several tracks, such as the Nashville-inspired "Might Have Been." With a retro '80s rock feel, many tracks combine driving lyrics and drum rhythms to create infectious dance songs. Voegele's rendition of the much-covered Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah" is both original and technically solid. The album only falls short when Voegele begins to sing the same old theme of a love-struck protagonist who doesn't know what to do with her emotions. Miley Cyrus fans should enjoy Voegele's similar raw, slightly nasal vocals that carry attitude and enthusiasm with every note.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how social networking has influenced music. Do you feel more connected to an artist who has a blog or video diary? Do you visit the MySpace pages of artists that you like or are curious about? If so, how strong of a marketing tool can social networking be for a musician? Do you think MySpace should have a record label or does the company have an unfair advantage in its ability to promote its artists?

Music details

Artist:Kate Voegele
Release date:January 22, 2008
Labels:Interscope Records, MySpace
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 8, 2013

Pretty Good Album (7/10 stars)

This album has a nice mix of pop/rock music, which I like because they're two of my favorite song genres :). Kate is slightly better than her average on her vocals, which is nice. Overall I think this album is solid and fine for kids; I don't think there's really anything bad in it. I might have heard an innuendo or two, but otherwise it's fine.
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Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old April 21, 2009

OK Cd for 11+

Bad stuff: lock to fit your key is sung...other then that a great CD! Fav song: One Way Or Another


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