The House

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Vocalist Katie Melua's 2010 album The House is an atmospheric, romantic, and sometimes eerie album of arty adult alternative pop. While longtime producer Mike Batt is on board here, journeyman electronic producer William Orbit takes the main production helm. The result is Melua's most mature album to date and one that will certainly draw well-earned comparisons to such art pop icons as Kate Bush and Tori Amos. And while immaculately produced tracks like "The Flood" and "Twisted" do evince Bush's literate and operatic sound, they also bring to mind the grand, retro-leaning approach of guitarist/singer-songwriter Richard Hawley. Which isn't to say that Melua hews closely to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Vocalist Katie Melua's 2010 album The House is an atmospheric, romantic, and sometimes eerie album of arty adult alternative pop. While longtime producer Mike Batt is on board here, journeyman electronic producer William Orbit takes the main production helm. The result is Melua's most mature album to date and one that will certainly draw well-earned comparisons to such art pop icons as Kate Bush and Tori Amos. And while immaculately produced tracks like "The Flood" and "Twisted" do evince Bush's literate and operatic sound, they also bring to mind the grand, retro-leaning approach of guitarist/singer-songwriter Richard Hawley. Which isn't to say that Melua hews closely to any kind of '60s pop; on the contrary, these are clearly contemporary songs with a modern point of view. But there is a bit of moody Nick Drake-style guitar work and the way the songs build and swoop, often with symphonic backing (the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra appears here), is very much in keeping with Hawley's particular Brill Building meets coastal British town grandeur. In that sense, the album is a bit of a grower and has an overall soft, reflective quality. As with most of The House, songs like the folk-inflected opener "I'd Love to Kill You," the Eastern-tinged "The Flood," and the yearning and pretty "Red Balloons," take time to build and grab you slowly with deft, biting lyrics and Melua's lilting, burnished vocals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • Label: Dramatico
  • UPC: 802987021227
  • Catalog Number: 001456802
  • Sales rank: 41,179

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'd Love To Kill You (2:57)
  2. 2 The Flood (4:03)
  3. 3 A Happy Place (3:27)
  4. 4 A Moment of Madness (3:47)
  5. 5 Red Balloons (4:20)
  6. 6 Tiny Alien (4:36)
  7. 7 No Fear of Heights (2:53)
  8. 8 The One I Love Is Gone (3:38)
  9. 9 Plague of Love (3:26)
  10. 10 God on Drums, Devil on the Bass (3:48)
  11. 11 Twisted (3:44)
  12. 12 The House (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Katie Melua Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
William Orbit Kalimba
Mike Batt Conductor
Tim Harries Bass, Piano
Dominic Miller Guitar
Henry Spinetti Drums
Jim Watson Piano
Steve Donnelly Guitar
Arden Hart Keyboards
Fergus Gerrand Drums
Paul Stanborough Mandolin
Luke Potashnick Guitar
Keith Brazil Drums
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
William Orbit Producer
Mike Batt Arranger, Composer, Executive Producer
Lauren Christy Composer
Guy Chambers Composer
Rupert Coulson Engineer
Rick Nowels Composer
Katie Melua Composer
Polly Scattergood Composer
Mark Surridge Cover Photo
John Gosler Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not that mature as I would wish

    These bautiful eyes were much more mature when they were young. She definitely lost originality and potential. I prefer her first 2 CDs.

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    Posted October 28, 2010

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