CD Piece by Piece [Katie Melua] [CD] [1 disc] [602498576250] (CD 858605),
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Piece by Piece [Katie Melua] [CD] [1 disc] [602498576250]


  • 1. Shy Boy
    2. Nine Million Bicycles
    3. Piece by Piece
    4. Halfway Up the Hindu Kush
    5. Blues in the Night
    6. Spider's Web
    7. Blue Shoes
    8. On the Road Again
    9. Thankyou, Stars
    10. Just Like Heaven
    11. I Cried for You (Mary's Song)
    12. I Do Believe in Love
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 85762

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Batt
    Engineer

    PIECE BY PIECE is the 2005 second album from jazz-influenced rock artist and includes her interpretations of hits by Willie Nelson ("On The Road Again") and the Cure ("Just Like Heaven").
    Personnel: Katie Melua (vocals, guitar, piano); Paul Jones (harmonica); Mike Batt (piano); Tim Harries (bass instrument); Henry Spinetti (drums).
    Georgia-born (as in the country, not the state) singer/songwriter Katie Melua found herself atop the British charts in 2003 with her breezy debut, Call Off the Search, which sold over three million copies in Europe alone. Her laid-back blend of blues, jazz, and pop with a kiss of worldbeat drew comparisons to Norah Jones, and rightfully so. She sticks to the formula on her lush, ultimately safe follow-up, Piece by Piece. This is Coldplay for the Diana Krall crowd, a perfectly rendered slice of adult contemporary pie for a lazy summer day delivered by an artist whose beautiful voice is almost striking in how unremarkable it is. Her longtime collaborator, producer/songwriter Mike Batt, provides the catchiest number, an odd and endearing little confection called "Nine Million Bicycles." It's both silly and sweet, two things that work in Melua's favor. Sure, she can vamp it up with the best of them on bluesy asides like "Shy Boy" and the dreadful "Blues in the Night," but there's a whole lot of innocence in that voice that just shrivels in the midst of all that bravado. Only in her early twenties, Melua's got plenty of time to decide on a persona, and Piece by Piece has enough quality material on it to placate fans until she does, but there's some tension here, and it doesn't sound intentional. Besides, anyone who covers Canned Heat and the Cure on the same record is still trying to figure it all out. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "[T]he singer herself remains beguilingly soulful and flirtatious throughout." -- Grade: B+
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