Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Piece By Piece|
Genres: Blues, World Music, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Piece By Piece, the second album by Katie Melua, comes nearly two years after the release of her multiplatinum-selling debut album Call Off The Search, and contains a larger percentage of self-penned songs than the previou... more »
Piece By Piece, the second album by Katie Melua, comes nearly two years after the release of her multiplatinum-selling debut album Call Off The Search, and contains a larger percentage of self-penned songs than the previous album which demonstrate the significant development of Katie as a singer and writer. Features 12 total tracks including the first single, 'Nine Million Bicycles' and her cover of the Cure's 'Just Like Heaven' which was also featured on the US Soundtrack of the same name. ''Although people talk about the 'difficult second album', we have enjoyed the pressure and the pleasure of trying to get this album right for ourselves initially, rather than specifically worrying about what the audience will think'' said Katie. Universal. 2006.
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Nine million little bicycles
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 06/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fans of bluesy jazz-pop crooners Norah Jones and Joss Stone need to sit up and take notice of Katie Melua. Following up on the success of ?Call off the Search? (2003), her much anticipated second album doesn?t disappoint, and the twelve gorgeous tracks are guaranteed to mellow you to perfection.
Released since September 2005 in Europe, the Brits have a nine month jump on the USA, but finally this baby has arrived stateside amidst much rejoicing and celebration. Originally from Georgia (the former USSR, not the peachy place) and now settled in the UK, Katie?s sultry voice curls around your speakers and nestles comfortably against your eardrums, and even though I?m no fan of either jazz or blues, I thoroughly enjoyed this album from the first listen.
First single ?Nine Million Bicycles? is an excitingly different and unforgettable track that starts with a simple truth: ?There are nine million bicycles in Beijing / That's a fact / It's a thing we can't deny / Like the fact that I will love you till I die.? The music is hauntingly beautiful, perfectly matched by Katie?s clean, clear vocals.
Although every track is a winner, there are those that cry out for more attention, namely ?Just Like Heaven? from the movie soundtrack of the same name; the social commentary of ?Spider?s Web?; bouncy opener ?Shy Guy? and the passionately performed title track; but let?s not forget the cover of the Canned Heat 1960?s hit ?On the Road Again? and the catchy ?Halfway Up the Hindu Kush?. ?Thank You, Stars? is another perfect song, and to be honest, I should be recommending every song on this album.
?Piece by Piece? is highly recommended for fans of blues, jazz, pop and intelligent yet romantic music, and that?s no exaggeration.
Amanda Richards, June 6, 2006
I will love you till I die
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 07/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""If you only knew
you could make your dreams come true"
Eternal love, haunting flute, guitar, piano, sweet sexy lyrics and everything you could wish for in a romantic dream of a collection of songs. Katie Melua's crystalline voice is like the comfort of cold milk from a cold glass after taking a bite of a rich chocolate brownie. Her voice is smooth, dreamy and satisfying.
Nine Million Bicycles has modern and nostalgic notes woven into a sweet fantasy of a song. When she isn't dreaming about enticing shy boys, she is poetic in her social commentary and delves into provocative concepts we face daily, but often fail to address.
I love the hopeless romantic concepts in "Piece by Piece," which is so true about trying to forget someone you love. Katie Melua isn't shy about getting downright sexy in some songs and her honesty is intriguing.
Most of the songs seem to embody a sweet country/folk mood with modern appeal. At times she seems to transcend the limitations of descriptions like adult alternative. She ranges from classical to country (On the Road Again) to jazz (Blue Shoes). She seems as comfortable alone with a guitar (Thank You, Stars) or on a stage with an orchestra. At times you can imagine she has walked out of an old movie and is singing a romantic ballad captured in a moment in time. "I Cried for You" has elements of ecstasy in a story of sadness. The entire album is exquisite with romantic appeal.
"You're the one I love most of all..."
~The Rebecca Review
scott89119 | Whittier, CA | 06/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Her voice is pitch-perfect; a little Eva Cassidy, a little Alison Krauss. The whole album is beautiful over and over again."