Sep 16 2007
Ketevan ‘Katie’ Melua is a jazz / blues singer currently based in London. She was born in Georgia and lived in the city of Tbilisi till she was 9 years old. Then it was move to Belfast, Northern Ireland & then Surrey, England. Her debut album is Call Off The Search, which has sold over $3 million world wide. While she sings the songs on these songs, you can catch a different accent that was hard for me to place. Only today did I find out that she was Georgian, although she is a British citizen now. And ok, I have to admit it, she is kinda gorgeous & sweet to look at. I first thought she was Indian or had Indian blood (not from this album cover); her brown eyes, soft brown skin & black hair misleading me. Well, now I need to check out more Georgian women!
The album starts with Call Off The Search, written by her producer Mike Batt. I wouldn’t recommend starting an album with a slow ballad. But for Jazz singer, I guess it’s ok. The song is about finding true love. John Mayall’s Crawling Up A Hill, may be written by a guy, but Katie makes it so about a young girl trying to find her way in the world, bored by her life. I just love the trumpet work in this song. Batt wrote the next song and first single The Closest Thing To Crazy, another Batt composition, is the best song on the track, with Katie alternates her seduction voice with whispers at points “This is the closest thing to crazy I have ever been, feeling 22 acting 17“.
My Aphrodisiac Is You starts with a bluesy piano riff and then Ms.Melua seduces the listener and makes you wish you were the one she was singing about. Things mellow down with Learning The Blues & Blame It On The Moon. Then we come to Belfast a tribute to the years she spent growing up in the Norther Ireland city. She next takes on Randy Newman’s I Think It’s Going To Rain & that jazz colossal Mockingbird Song, done in a slightly rock n’roll style. How can you resist her voice in this track?
Tiger in the Night, Faraway Voice & Lilac Wine are the last three songs on this excellent album, with the middle song being the only other song that Katie has composed. Overall it is a great debut album, especially when she was just 19 at the time of release in 2003. I look forward to seeing more of Ms. Melua.
Song for the day – “Crawling Up A Hill” – KATIE MELUA