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The House [CD]

Katie Melua Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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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 (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dramatico
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I'd Love To Kill You 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. The One I Love Is Gone 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. God On The Drums, Devil On The Bass 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

On the final track of 2007's Pictures, a cover of Leonard Cohen's In My Secret Life, Katie Melua sang of missing a loved one. Three years on, she opens this fourth album with I'd Love to Kill You: "I'd love to kill you as you eat / The pleasure would taste so sweet". She's said that The House may shock fans who've followed her since her 2003 breakthrough, and such lyrical wickedness might imply she's been through quite the stylistic sea change.

As if. The House is as box-ticking of design as even the most fair-weather of fans should expect from an artist who's never pushed at any creative envelope. At their worst these arrangements are lazy to the point of absolute stupor, as lively as a well-fed fatso snoozing in front of the Queen's Christmas speech. This should allow Melua's voice to shine through, but she can sound racked by tracheal rigor mortis, a whisper escaping where a little more of the wow factor that first attracted the ears of Dramatico boss Mike Batt would have improved proceedings.

Batt, for the first time on a Melua album, makes no appearance (save for a single co-write)–in his place William Orbit produces, and former Robbie Williams collaborator Guy Chambers contributes to several songs. This new line-up hasn't led to a considerable shift of dynamic, many songs contentedly shuffling at a mid-tempo pace. This is meant as no slight: Melua is the kind of artist who responds to demand, rather than one who writes to challenge her audience. As such The House is largely a success–those boxes, ticked. But it's disappointing that she's not edged that little further from her comfort zone given the promise of surprises.

Highlights are apparent, though. The Flood, the album's lead single, is a polished arrangement that reins in the temptation for bombast and is better for its restraint. Red Balloons, a co-write with Polly Scattergood, is so delicate the listener might want to hold their breath for its duration, for fear that exhaling would shatter its frail form. And when Melua's vocals convey real intimacy and vulnerability, such as on the closing title-track, she engages the listener with a rarefied grace.

When Melua reveals this sensitive side she's amongst the best artists in her easy-on-the-ear field, and she could yet surpass several of her own idols. But The House contains enough forgettable filler to suggest she's some way off delivering a career-defining canon classic. --Mike Diver

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KATIE MELUA The House (2010 UK 12-track CD album - Recorded at Air Studios in London Katies fourth studio album is produced by William Orbit and sees Katie writing on her own and with Guy Chambers Rick Nowels Mike Batt and school friend Polly Scattergood. The House has been described as sonically epic adventurous and dramatic and whilst appealing to Katies fans also promises to draw a new audience. Includes the single The Flood)

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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure talent. 22 May 2010
By M. Cook
Format:Audio CD
Katie Melua's fourth studio album, and her first away from the guiding influence of Mike Batt, a collaboration that has produced some fabulous music over the last five years. It seems this has been something of a double-edged sword for the artist. In my humble opinion she is a supremely gifted singer and no mean songwriter either, but her critics have always used the "Batt factor" as an excuse to undermine her worth. I hope I am wrong, but it seems to me she may have felt this a little too, grateful for the mentoring, musicianship and astounding song-writing talent of Mr Batt, but feeling in latter years that she still needs to prove herself as an individual. If that was the case, then it is a testament to her ambition and dedication that somebody who has already penned such heartbreakingly beautiful songs as "Faraway Voice", "Piece By Piece" and "I Cried For You" should still feel the need to prove her writing ability.
Melua's songs don't always grab one instantly. In fact I have initially dismissed several as duds. But it is always the same - after a couple of plays they begin to haunt my brain like some strange, beautiful ghost.
The House certainly hasn't let me down. In fact I think it is superb. Lyrically clever, haunting, diverse and full of subtle melodies, there is plenty here to please the old Melua fans, but enough diversification from her past style to gain many new ones (and hopefully some younger ones!) William Orbit's production is certainly evident, and some passages wouldn't be out of place in a club. I especially liked the little vocal quirks which are dotted throughout the songs, which only someone of Melua's talent and range could pull off effectively. In fact, in places it put me in mind of Kate Bush's vocal experimentation - and that's no bad thing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The House 11 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you buy this simply on the strength of being a Melua fan then play it three or four times or in other words don't jump to conclusions!

The 'girl next door' image is going if not gone, but Katie's voice still sounds great, a little more earthy on some tracks and still powerful too. I particularly like 'The Flood' which has great lyrics and a dynamic production. Many may disagree but I could hear a little 'Madonna' (at her best) style coming through on this track and others - perhaps not surprising with William Orbit producing.

Katie punches her weight on the vocals, and few of these songs will ever appear on top karaoke charts because it is clear they are difficult to sing, indeed I feel that in some cases only Katie (and perhaps Madonna) could do justice.

In short Katie will keep her existing following and earn new fans with this album, it grows on you with every play.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet 28 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Superb talent on display once again, hitting all the right notes.

Enjoyable from the first to the last second this is a truly great album, no matter how much the "BBC review" above protests.

If you like your "music" as randomesque noise, then it would be no surprise you would not enjoy this album.

On the other hand, if you like music for the things music is all about, melody, beauty of composition and voice, then add it to your basket and seize the day for indulgent enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still on top 22 July 2010
By Ramses
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love Katie and I do not agree with reviewers saying she has lost her soul to modern sound. She did add some new angles to her music but it remains HER style, recognizable at once. I really like this album as much as her previous ones. She is one of a kind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Food 11 July 2010
By Ian
Format:Audio CD
Katie's Voice is as haunting as Kate Bush back in the early days, Overall the Album is listenable but some of the tracks are a bit self indulgent. My favourite track which i suspect is the single is 'The Flood'.

This song has a great change in tempo half way though and is really the most exceptional song i have heard. I do not tire of hearing it and the purchase of the album was worth it for this one track,Katie keep the compositions like this coming. I am now as fan!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Katie's house 3 Oct 2010
By Caz
Format:Audio CD
This is the first CD by Katie Melua that I've bought. I saw her a while ago on TV singing a song from this album and liked it. What a beautiful voice she has and she writes good lyrics as well as refreshingly different melodies. I'm so glad I got this album and intend to check out some of her earlier stuff now.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best CD from Katie 27 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is Katie's best CD in my opinion of all four. Every song is amazing and distinctive. It definitely reminds me of the quality of Ray of Light where Madonna who worked with William Orbitz sounded great for the first time and I loved every song as well. Katie has a superior voice. i dont get why she is not a big star in the states.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Katie Melua disk - The house 24 Jun 2010
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Katie's new album is still the Katie we know and love, but at the same time it is different. A nice different, though.
If you prefer the pure folk-type of Katie's work, this may not be for you, but if you can accept and accommodate the more modern feel, then sit back and listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
you never tire of the sounds.
Published 10 days ago by Martin Lake
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by trevor lincoln
4.0 out of 5 stars So So.
A little disappointed. Not as good as her first album or her latest Ketevan. If you loved her first single Crazy buy Ketevan and foget this album. For total aficionados only!
Published 2 months ago by Benjijane
3.0 out of 5 stars Katie Melua - The House.
Something different from the normal K.M. Didn't like the tracks first time I played this, but it slowly grows on you the more you play it.
Published 4 months ago by Jacques
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this CD
Such a beautiful CD - the more "pop" of Katie melua's CDs but still so special with her amazing voice. This is my favourite CD of hers.
Published 5 months ago by D
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packed really well arrived on given date
the house by Katie is a really good c d to listen to has a mixture of different moods of music if you have never owned 1 of her c d... Read more
Published 5 months ago by roses
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Katie has grown and matured in time and so has her music, its always quality and always a terrific listen, this alnbum is of no exception to the rule
Published 6 months ago by JBT
5.0 out of 5 stars katie melua
great cd as usual up to her usual standard and just love listening to her if only she did more cd's
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Arthur E. J. Pocock
5.0 out of 5 stars always good
have all her albums so this schouldn't miss in my collection. I have it on all my mobil apps so I can play it everywhere
Published 13 months ago by C. van Staaveren
5.0 out of 5 stars Katie Melua LP: The House
Excellent sound, heavy vinyle and the music is engaging, relaxed but the tempo varies so thoughly enjoyable. A BIG RECOMMENDATION.
Published 13 months ago by Jagtar Semplay
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