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. The songs and arrangements on The House recast Ms. Melua as an arty girl gone wild.
  3. 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.
  4. 60
    On her fourth album, Melua does her damnedest to break out of her self-imposed schmaltz trap. [Jun 2010, p.94]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Despite a few moments of middle-of-the-road excess, The House is a shockingly good album--that is, not actually amazingly good, but just shockingly by Katie Melua.

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