Katie Melua: Blues in the Night
Blues in the Night
Katie Melua (vocals)
Piece by Piece (Dramatico 6868)
Katie Melua (vocals),
Mike Batt (piano), Tim Harries (bass), Henry Spinetti (drums), Paul Jones (harmonica).
Composition by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.
Recorded: No date given (CD released in 2006)
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
Melua sold three million copies of Piece by Piece - over one million in the United Kingdom alone. Her biography is a compelling tale of rags to riches. Raised in poverty in Kutaisi in Georgia, she moved (at age 8) with her family to Northern Ireland in the aftermath of civil war, then settled in England at age fourteen. At nineteen she was a star, her debut release, Call of the Search, hitting the top of the UK charts. Success made her into a thrill seeker - she has jumped from airplanes, off a skyscraper, and made her way into the Guinness Book of World Records by giving a concert 300 meters below sea level. If only her voice were as exciting as her life story! True, she could win a Norah Jones impersonating contest, but without the microtonal subtleties of Ms. Jones. She occasionally offers a nice turn of phrase, and her voice has a pleasant, winsome quality. But the smart money bets that her career will have peaked before her 25th birthday.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia