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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.
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1
Shy Boy
00:03:29

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Mike Batt, Composer, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Writer, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Katie Melua, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Mike Darcy, Violin - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

2
Nine Million Bicycles
00:03:17

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Mike Batt, Composer, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Writer, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Adrian Brett, Flute - Katie Melua, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Mike Darcy, Violin - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

3
Piece By Piece
00:03:24

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Mike Batt, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Katie Melua, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Darcy, Violin - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

4
Halfway Up The Hindu Kush
00:03:07

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Mike Batt, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Batt, Composer, Writer - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Craig Pruess, Sitar - Katie Melua, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Melua, Composer, Writer - Mike Darcy, Violin - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

5
Blues In The Night
00:04:13

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Johnny Mercer, Writer - Harold Arlen, Writer - Paul Jones, Harmonica - Mike Batt, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Katie Melua, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Mike Darcy, Violin - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

6
Spider's Web (Single Version)
00:03:58

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Mike Batt, Composer, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Writer, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Katie Melua, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Andreas Strobel, Composer - Florian Weiss, Composer, Writer - Mike Darcy, Violin - Stephan Schöpf, Composer - Steve Sale, Engineer - Michael Minnig, Composer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

7
Blue Shoes
00:04:39

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Mike Batt, Composer, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Writer, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Katie Melua, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Mike Darcy, Violin - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

8
On The Road Again
00:04:39

Jones, Composer, Writer - Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Wilson, Composer, Writer - Mike Batt, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Katie Melua, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Mike Darcy, Violin - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

9
Thank You Stars
00:03:39

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Mike Batt, Composer, Conductor, Producer, Organ, Piano, Writer, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Peter Knight, Mandolin - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Katie Melua, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Steve Sale, Engineer - Michael Kruk, Drums

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2003 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

10
Just Like Heaven
00:03:35

Ralph Sall, Producer - Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Tolhurst, Composer, Writer - WILLIAMS, Composer, Writer - SMITH, Composer, Writer - Haydn Bendall, Engineer, AdditionalEngineer - Mike Batt, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Thompson, Composer, Writer - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Robert Smith, Composer, Writer - BORIS WILLIAMS, Composer - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer - GALLUP, Composer, Writer - Porl Thompson, Composer - Lawrence Tolhurst, Composer - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Peter McCabe, Engineer, AdditionalEngineer - Katie Melua, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Mike Darcy, Violin - Gollup, Composer, Writer - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

11
I Cried For You
00:03:38

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Mike Batt, Conductor, Producer, Piano, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Katie Melua, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Darcy, Violin - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

12
I Do Believe In Love
00:03:01

Jim Cregan, Guitar - The Irish Film Orchestra, Instruments - Mike Batt, Conductor, Producer, Produced & Arranged by - Tim Harries, Bass - Chris Spedding, Guitar - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Henry Spinetti, Drums - Katie Melua, Composer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Mike Darcy, Violin - Steve Sale, Engineer

© 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. ℗ 2005 BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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