"nine million bicycles", while not the very best song on the piece by piece album (my vote is for "thank you stars"), offers a very pleasant sample as to what the creative partnership of katie melua and mike batt are capable of producing. the song and video (superbly directed by the former 10cc frontman kevin godley) have a rather gentle and ethereal quality that i found to be most savory. imagine eating a the most delicious spring roll and then picture what it would be like to sing a song about love reflective of that experience. that's "nine million bicycles" in a nutshell. while some have criticized this type of music for being vapid and airy, i would contend that it is more heartfelt that most anything we are subjected to listening to from our current music culture.
there is something special to be said about delicacy in it's many forms. what we have with this song is another 5 star effort from one of the greatest female musicians/performers alive today. it's worth adding that the 'b' songs on this single, "stardust" (which is a very challenging song to sing) and "market day in guernica" (about the somewhat forgotten destruction of a small spanish town by the german luftwaffe before ww2) are fantastic bonus tracks making this 3 track cd a more than worthwhile listening experience.