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Call Off The Search
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2004
is this the face of music?
the idea that a whinging puppet who sounds like sasha distel with dihoreah can be the face of women in music? or rather muzak..the stuff that pipes through shopping centres with no heart no soul.
is she the saviourof true music? i don't think so!
do not under any circumstance buy this album.
you are subscribing to mediocrity, to banality, to being told by adverts what is good and what you should do!
this is rubbish...and as my freind dave says..you can't polish a turd
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14 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2004
I wish I could say what I really thought of this CD, but it was a gift, and I don't like to sound ungrateful.
Suffice to say that 'Call Off The Search' is more bland than Basingstoke, more cheesey than a crate of over-ripe Camembert , and more irritating than atheletes' foot on a hot day.
I own well over a thousand cd's and enjoy a very diverse range of music, but I'm afraid this cd became the first ever that I just didnt want to hear for a third time.
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13 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2003
I was told about this as a recommendation, read the Amazon reviews and read her bio on the web. She grew up in Belfast like me, so i really wanted to like it and was interested enough to purchase. I'm very disappointed.
Personally I'm amazed at the rave reviews here. I find her voice is very average. She is being marketed as a new Norah Jones. She looks the part alright but this album is not in the same league.
Also the songs are very "showtune" musicals type songs which is not my thing. Thought this might be a gem. But it isn't.
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13 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2004
Sorry to all those who adore this artist, but this album went in the bin after the first listen.
Her dirge like performance (why can she never hit a note but insists on sliding up to it like a drunken pub singer?) reminds me of the terrible bedroom tapes being churned out from Eva Cassidy's mercenary estate.
At least there's a chance that Melua might improve with age, but this isn't a great start. There are many performers of this style that easily eclipse Melua, so don't be fooled by the cute marketing.
Listen b4 you buy!
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11 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2004
Has anyone heard this young 'starlet' referred to as 'The New Norah Jones'? Yes, I thought so.
Is this a coincidence? No, I don't think so.
Strange how, following the oustanding success of Ms Jones' debut album, another jazz/blues female suddenly appears on the scene. This album is less about the music, more about the money.
I don't deny that there are some very listenable wee ditties here, but I most certainly DO dispute that Ms Melua can be raised onto a pedestal whilst we all praise her 'outstanding talent'. Talent is surely found in a blend of originality, freedom, truth and ability? What I see here is a collection of songs that have been moulded together to form a picture we have all seen before, only using a different colour pallette.
Let us not forget that what we are hearing here is a collaboration, between herself and Mike Batt, and the result is an album that could easily be mistaken for one written for Norah Jones, only with a lot less substance and belief.
Mr Batt has quite plainly spotted a young girl who can hold a note and thrust her into another artist's limelight. Fair play to her, she has one of the most unusual voices i have heard for some time, but that is mostly down to the fact that she is forcing it out of her nose, in order to make it sound more fitting to the genre. It doesn't sound natural and it doesn't connect in the way that a true voice should.
Buy this if you are looking for entertainment, but steer clear if you are looking for passionate, unadulterated talent. Katie Melua's debut album most definitely does not do what it says on the media tin of hype.
It is a travesty that so many of the Great British public have been duped into believing that they are somehow part of 'discovering' something new and important here, when, truly, this is not the real thing, but a mediocre vocalist in disguise.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 February 2004
This is without a doubt one of the best young artists in the country right now, and an excellent debut album. A great combination of covers and new material, including a wonderful cover of Jeff Buckley's 'Lilac Wine.' A song which could be so wrong, but works so well. 'The closest thing to crazy' is also mind blowingly good!
Combine the soulful spirituality of Eva Cassidy with the melodic sassiness of Nora Jones and you have 'Call Off The search.' For an eighteen year old she certainly has the voice, and the ability to write a catchy melody.
You will not be disappointed.
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9 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2003
Sorry - what are all these rave reviews? The young woman has fledgling latent but has been overproduced and needs to find her own voice - the album is sentimental and thin. Stick to Norah Jones
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13 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2004
This album is truly awful and i can't understand it's success. Katie's voice sounds whiney and annoying on most tracks of the album. Also, I can't understand why people rave about her songwriting abilities. Most of the songs on the album either are or sound like covers. On a brighter note "The closest thing ti crazy" isn't half bad but her forthcoming single "my aphrodisiac is you" is merely acceptable. I can easily see better British talent on the horizon in the form of Jamie Cullum and in particular Amy Winehouse whose debut album is stunning. A masterpiece which contains nothing but original work. WOW. As for this album I would give it a miss unless you want an album with which you can wallow in depression - abismal.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2004
Nice Voice...wouldnt say "great" voice. The single was good (Closest thing to crazy) - if she wrote that: impressive.
However: i heard her live on the Brits along side Jamie Cullum and i am afraid i am not over doing it when i say : She was fairly terrible on that occation. There is nothing nice to say about the vocal performance that night and i couldnt help but think she destroyed what was a good performance from Jamie Cullum. I am still interested to hear more from her in the future and its GREAT to see that kind of talent at her young age - that should be noted.
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8 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2004
I bought this album on a whim after hearing lots of good things about Miss Melua in the press, and then hearing the snippet of Closest Thing to Crazy on the advert. I was duped. This is an album full of really *really* bad Andrew Lloyd Weber songs. Having a nice voice doesn't help.
Do not bother buying this. If you've heard the advert, you've heard all the good bits. Now go get some Norah Jones instead.
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