The House - Katie Melua
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  • Summary: The fourth studio album for the Georgian-born British singer-songwriter was produced by William Orbit.
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  1. With sophisticated grace and evocative lyricism, Melua has made a brave reinvention that raises her already lofty artistic bar.
  2. Orbit's production doesn't find as forceful a match as it did with Madonna on Ray of Light, and Melua's style still seems too thin to support true greatness, but The House is a promising start, a sporadically grand album that finds another talented artist rescued from mediocre pop oblivion.
  3. As with most of The House, songs like the folk-inflected opener "I'd Love to Kill You," the Eastern-tinged "The Flood," and the yearning and pretty "Red Balloons," take time to build and grab you slowly with deft, biting lyrics and Melua's lilting, burnished vocals.
  4. The House is one small step for mankind, one giant leap for Katie Melua. At least half of the record is fragrantly classy and, occasionally, even beautiful. Despite lacking William Orbit's trademark sound, it's got sparks of invention and wonder.
  5. A mixed bag of atmospherics that somewhat justifies Melua's chart-topping popularity back home.
  6. 60
    On her fourth album, Melua does her damnedest to break out of her self-imposed schmaltz trap. [Jun 2010, p.94]
  7. The result is a mighty leap forwards. [Jun 2010, p.128]

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