Call off the Search

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Call Off the Search, the debut disc by newcomer Katie Melua -- born in the Eastern European republic of Georgia and raised in part in Northern Ireland -- topped Dido's Life for Rent on the U.K. album chart in early 2004. Now the disc -- which has already been certified platinum in the U.K. -- makes its U.S. debut, ushered in by the catchy single "The Closest Thing to Crazy." Fans of Norah Jones will enjoy the 19-year-old Melua's sound, which incorporates jazz and pop.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
English listeners went mad for Katie Melua with the release of her debut album in late 2003. Issued domestically in June 2004, Call Off the Search ...
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Call Off the Search, the debut disc by newcomer Katie Melua -- born in the Eastern European republic of Georgia and raised in part in Northern Ireland -- topped Dido's Life for Rent on the U.K. album chart in early 2004. Now the disc -- which has already been certified platinum in the U.K. -- makes its U.S. debut, ushered in by the catchy single "The Closest Thing to Crazy." Fans of Norah Jones will enjoy the 19-year-old Melua's sound, which incorporates jazz and pop.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
English listeners went mad for Katie Melua with the release of her debut album in late 2003. Issued domestically in June 2004, Call Off the Search posits the lovely Melua pristinely in between pop, adult contemporary, and traditional American musical forms, with savvy marketing handling the finishing touches. Think Norah Jones. It's a comfortable, lightly melodic affair that drinks red wine safely in the middle of the road. Raised in Soviet Georgia and the United Kingdom, Melua has a beguiling accent that colors the ends of her phrases, adding character to her velvety, if occasionally only satisfactory singing voice. She has a nice time with the understated R&B sashay of John Mayall's "Crawling Up a Hill," as well as Mike Batt's "My Aphrodisiac Is You," which is spiced up with barrelhouse piano, muted trumpet, and sly references to opium and the Kama Sutra. The singer's own "Belfast Penguins and Cats" opens nicely with a few measures of solo acoustic guitar before it's joined by the orchestral maneuvers that sweep through the majority of Call Off the Search's after-dark cabaret. Melua also penned a dedication to Eva Cassidy, who she's been compared to vocally. While the instrumentation is never overbearing, a stoic version of Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" and a couple of late-album pop vocal entries do dawdle a bit in the soft-focus halo that hovers over Search's more easygoing stretches. These selections are perfectly capable, yet pretty obvious, as if the decision was made to sprinkle Melua's debut equally with safety and variety, in case a particular style didn't stick. Still, despite a few detours down easy street, Call Off the Search is a promising debut, and comfortable like the first drink of the evening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498625569
  • Catalog Number: 000266612
  • Sales rank: 15,891

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Katie Melua Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Chris Spedding Guitar
Mike Batt Organ, Piano, Conductor
Jim Cregan Guitar
Tim Harries Bass Guitar
Henry Spinetti Drums
Alan Smale Leader
The Irish Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Michael Kruk Drums
Technical Credits
John Mayall Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Mike Batt Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
James Alan Shelton Composer
Michael Halsband Cover Photo
Katie Melua Composer
Steve Sale Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's Been Found

    I feel like I've happened upon an amazing musical experience. I'm buying "Piece by Piece" right now, zealously writing reviews on the internet whereever I can, extolling Melua's musical virtues. What a shame she's not been better promoted on the American music scene. She puts all other "big-time" contemporary female artists to shame with that sexy, torchy lilt in her voice echoing the great ladies of the blues. There are even hints of Broadway vocal strength, fading out to a tender, heart-tugging vibrato. Title song is an aphrodisiac and is THE song for all you hopeless romantics out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely and Outstanding

    Lovely and Outstanding - those two words best describe the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A fresh and amazing voice

    I mostly recommend this album to anyone looking for new voices that renew the old tradition of fabulous female singers coming from the 60's. Not clouding the astonishing Joni Mitchel, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, Sandy Denny or Laura Nyro, KATIE MELUA give us here a remarkable testimony of her craftsmanship and skills in a album full of joy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music Blew Away Atlanta Resident!

    Katie Melua's CD blew me away! Wow, what vocals and music. I am giving this CD to everyone on my list this Christmas, and all I want for Christmas is a live concert (which I hear will happen at Joe's Pub in NYC in January). Katie's music is AWESOME!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best New Artist Since Norah Jones

    Katie is simply amazing. I first heard her on late night TV. I took a chance and bought the CD. After listening to the CD it's no wonder she is multi-platinum overseas. Wake up America!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Even better than Norah Jones on her debut album

    Talent,Style and very tastefully put together. Amazing sytle for oneone so young. Brilliant

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Learnin' The Blues" is a triumph

    New interpretations of standards that are heart-melting, including the all-time great Vicki Silvers ballad, "Learnin' The Blues". If you don't turn to jelly hearing this, the ultimate torch song, I just flat feel bad for you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soon to be a classic

    My new favorite artist. If you like Eva Cassidy or Norah Jones, you'll love Katie Melua. She has a sound that is definitely her own, and you won't be able to stop playing her CD!

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