Piece by Piece

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498576250
  • Catalog Number: 000686802
  • Sales rank: 43,030

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Katie Melua Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Chris Spedding Guitar
Mike Batt Piano, Conductor
Adrian Brett Flute
Jim Cregan Guitar
Martin Ditcham Percussion
Tim Harries Bass
Paul Jones Harmonica
Chris Karan Percussion
Craig Pruess Sitar
Henry Spinetti Drums
The Irish Film Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Dominic Glover Trumpet, Soloist
Mick Darcy Violin, Soloist
Peter Knight Mandolin
Technical Credits
Floyd Jones Composer
Mike Batt Arranger, Composer, Producer
Haydn Bendall Engineer
Peter McCabe Engineer
Ralph Sall Producer
Robert Smith Composer
Porl Thompson Composer
Laurence Tolhurst Composer
Boris Williams Composer
Alan Wilson Composer
Katie Melua Composer
Steve Sale Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally a 2nd CD!

    Katie is simply AWESOME! WOW!! "Piece by Piece" is every bit as good - maybe even better than "Call of the Search". Her voice is maturing - but without loosing her lovely, lilting, soft, and hypnotic sound. I wish she would do an American tour so more people could hear how great she is!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    MESMERIZING!

    Can't hear it often enough! Looking forward to next CD by this enchanting singer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If anyone likes music

    Katie Melua is one of my new favorite artists. She is a serious musician. The lyrics and music are mellow and inspiring (at least to me). I'd recommend this album to anyone who likes music. It's awesome!!! Enjoy

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