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Katie Melua is one of Britain's most successful recording artists of the millennium selling more than 11 million albums, 1 million concert tickets and receiving 56 platinum awards.

When Georgian-born Katie signed with Mike Batt's Dramatico Records in September 2002, no-one could have imagined that by the release of her third album, Pictures, she would be the biggest-selling ... Read more in Amazon's Katie Melua Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dramatico Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000ALLLHU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Shy Boy 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Nine Million Bicycles 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piece By Piece 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Halfway Up The Hindu Kush 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Blues In The Night 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Spider's Web 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Blue Shoes 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. On The Road Again 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Thank You Stars 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Just Like Heaven 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Cried For You 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Do Believe In Love 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Katie Melua’s long awaited second album, Piece By Piece, is released nearly two years after the debut of her multi-platinum selling album, Call Off The Search. Piece By Piece demonstrates Katie’s significant growth as an artist, containing a larger percentage of self-penned songs than her first album.

BBC Review

After the huge success of Call Off The Search, it would be unfair to expect Katie Melua to stray too much from that winning formula for album number two. And guess what? She hasn't. The thirteen songs here flirt with blues, jazz and classic MOR, there's even a spot of exotica. So far, so good, but the trouble is that much of the original material here is so weak that it collapses under the strain of Mike Batt's highly calorific string arrangements.

Not only that, the choice of covers is almost surreal; Canned Heat's "On The Road Again" and The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" are miraculously transformed into bloodless dirges, while it really should be illegal for anyone to even think about covering "Blues In The Night". Katie's momma should have done told her to leave that one alone; her voice just isn't strong enough to handle that kind of material. Norah's got nothing to worry about on the strength of this showing... --Trevor Lord

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MKJ on 23 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a wonderful, wonderful talent. This beautiful girl has a fantastic, dreamy voice and this album really does her justice. The CD/DVD "special edition" gives some extra features, but it is the music, and the voice, that enthralls.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hope on 31 May 2009
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Enjoyed this recording, it has the song i was wishing to hear, which is 'i cried for you', which i was sent by a friend after my sister died. so i listen with love and memories. but i also enjoyed the whole disc, so hope you do too. Love that voice she has.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By gnagfloW on 13 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
Melua is not unlike Norah Jones; a jazzy feel is throughout the set. This album is more pop music oriented than her previous set, Call of the Search. Personally I feel this is a better album, the arrangements are tighter and here we have stronger melodies.

There are no stinkers on this album. Nine Million Bicycles has already been a deserved huge hit world wide with its mystic oriental sound (and a fine accompanying video). The re-make of the Cure's Just like Heaven is a fantastic version that has been a big radio hit in my neck of the woods. Instead of the synthesizers Katie provides a simple arrangement with a guitar in the foreground and soft singing. I like this version even better than the original one which still has aged remarkably well. The third minor hit of the album is Spider's Web which boasts lyrics worth taking note of and a tight production. I saw this track live on TV, that version was more energetic and even better. The musicians on this album, by the way, are top performers and one can really tell. The title track is also a grower, which showcases how Katie can handle well delicate singing.

Piece By Piece is an easy sounding album with high standards. It is not groundbreaking but it is immaculately done and yet full of life. I recommend it.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By AntiqueMan on 4 Oct 2005
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Along with Call Off The Search, I can say that if I was stranded on desert island and could have only 10 CDs, Piece By Piece would most assuredly be one of them. Every song is beautifully interpreted by this angelic songbird's ethereal, passionate and slightly melancholic bluesy voice. If you crave real talent and are just as displeased with the current state of the musical culture as I am, call off your search and rush to by this truly magical second album by the one and only Katie Melua. I daresay you will spend your entertainment money much wiser than this.
Melua is maturing as an artist and exploring the full range of her talent with this successful second album. Rather than dissect and deconstruct this song by song, I would recommend just enjoying and savoring each song for what it is. They all possess a unique quality that I trust will reach you on the deepest emotional level. Enjoy. I give this 5 stars without hesitation. I honestly feel blessed to be on the receiving end. One could only hope this is but a second chapter in a wonderful and rewarding career for Katie Melua.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec 2005
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Having now lived with this album since its release I'd just like to say I think Piece by Piece is a thing of rare beauty. Katie's voice just keeps getting better and her three compsisions and one co-write on this album show how fast the's evolving as a songwriter.
In answer to the guy on the previous page who thought Belfast (a KM composition from her first album, Call Off the Search) was naive because penguins can't fly, I hope you were joking. The 'cats' are Catholics and the 'penguins' are Protestants (think black suits, bowlers and marching).
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 13 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
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
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