Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

by Katie MeluaKatie Melua




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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0602498576250
catalogNumber: 000686802

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
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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