Call off the Search

Call off the Search

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by Katie Melua
     
 

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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 "TheSee more details below

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498625569
catalogNumber:
000266612
Rank:
42194

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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
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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