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Call Off the Search [Enhanced]

Katie MeluaAudio CD
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Katie Melua is one of Britain's most successful recording artists of the millennium selling more than 11 million albums, 1 million concert tickets and receiving 56 platinum awards.

When Georgian-born Katie signed with Mike Batt's Dramatico Records in September 2002, no-one could have imagined that by the release of her third album, Pictures, she would be the biggest-selling ... Read more in Amazon's Katie Melua Store

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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Dramatico Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000255LB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Call Off the Search was released in the U.K. in November 2003 to deserved acclaim, alongside countless declarations that this 19-year-old British music school-educated, Russian-born singer is "the next Norah." There are similarities--Melua does work within a jazz/blues idiom, is talented beyond her years, and concentrates more on classics than her own material (ten are covers and two originals). But she's far more of a classic showbiz type singer than the sultry and sophisticated-sounding Jones. On the single "The Closest Thing to Crazy," for instance, Melua's phrasing is pure show tune. But it works for her, as it did for Lena and Liza before. The only weak link resides in a few straightahead blues songs, notably the 12-bar stomp "My Aphrodisiac Is You." Melua has the talent, she just lacks the soul to put oomph into a song that namechecks the Kama Sutra (this is as it should be, of course, as she's a teenager, but the choice of material is suspect nonetheless). Melua is a great torch singer who deserves the spotlight; odds are you'll eagerly await her next album before you're even done listening to this one all the way through. --Mike McGonigal

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call off the search-I found another sweet songbird February 3, 2005
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In the footsteps of Norah Jones and other new jazz-blues artists comes Katie Melua. Like Norah, she's pretty with those large dark eyes and dark hair. Melua's voice though is of a more girlish and sugary Karin Peris of Innocence Mission-ish tone instead of the crystal clear calmness of Ms. Jones. Melua, who also plays guitar, has Mike Batt as producer, writer of six songs, pianist, and organist on her debut album, Call Off The Search and uses more lush strings on her songs than Jones. For someone looking for something soothing and mellow, check her out.

Indeed, the slow melodic piano, violin, and orchestra on the title track veers more towards the jazz/easy listening side. The title has to do with now that she's found that one, to call off the search. The John Mayall-penned "Crawling Up A Hill" is more on the bluesy side, with jazzy piano arrangements that may be at home on an early Sting solo album, and bewails the tedium of a boring job, where she feels like "my life is like a slow train crawling up a hill."

"How can happiness feel so wrong? How can misery feel so sweet?" sings Katie on the melodic jewel ballad of this crown, "The Closest Thing To Crazy." The strings add to the sadness of the aftermath of an affair, where she discovers the link between "being close to craziness and being close to you."

The humorous "My Aphrodisiac Is You" is a languid piano blues tune where Katie dismisses the rhino horns, Spanish Fly, opium, rubber gloves, or the Kama Sutra, and instead warbles the title. It's a close cousin to Nancy Sinatra's cover of "Let's Fall In Love." Katie strums away on another blues-inflected tune, "Mockingbird Song," although the horns steer it more towards jazz.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melua give Easy Listening a new edge October 7, 2004
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In the past couple of years, genre revivals have been more than evident. Soul, rock and pop have all had a call-back from the past. The most recent genre to receive the modern facelift is easy listening. With Norah Jones getting so much recognition for her debut, it seems that the queen of laze should be credited for her efforts. Even with all its disappointments and utter lack of quality, Jones' Come Away With It won five Grammies and myriad of loving critics. However, everyone seemed to forget KD Lang's previous efforts, such as the classy Drag and the effervescent Invincible Summer, both albums that delivered easy listening with a modern edge.

Of course, after a revival has proven its success, an influx is bound to follow. Currently Jamie Cullum, Michael Buble and, our subject, Katie Melua all hope to carry the same flag.

It is a musical crime to call Melua "the next Norah Jones" because, quite frankly, this Russian-born chanteuse can easily kick Jones' gluteus maximus. One track on Melua's debut Call off the Search, "Blame It on the Moon," manages to cram more emotion than the entirety of Jones' catalogue.

Moreover, her voice is more direct and less lethargic, as demonstrated on lead single "Closest Thing to Crazy" and the title track.

With her smooth ballads, Melua captures urban life in her anthems of lost love and solitude - it's as if the rush of the city is behind her, but all she could think about is her emotional being on "I Think It's Going to Rain Today."

Other tracks continue in that fashion, with "Belfast" and the country-tinted "Mockingbird."

Then Melua visits the haunting with the closing track "Lilac Wine," which closes off the complete effort with a satisfactory note.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal voice!!! May 6, 2006
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Katie Melua has a very unique and beautiful voice. I only found out about her, because of James Blunt, who is another newcomer with wonderful voice and great music. I recently got Katie's CD, and I just love how easy and comfortable she sings. Not forced at all. She's in the same gendre as Norah Jones, but I think Katie has a better voice and sound. My favorites so far in this cd, after listening twice are "The Closest thing to Crazy" & "My Aphrodisiac is you." I'm definitely buying her other CD, "Piece by Piece." I'm very satisfied with this CD, and I'm hoping to see her live performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXQUISITE!!! January 1, 2006
By Gareth
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I've always been into female vocalists, especially those with a sweet beautiful voice (Frente, Sarah Brightman, the Cardigans to name a few)... I ran into Katie Melua while shopping for some other music, taken readily by her beauty. Took a listen to some of the clips and I was sold! Her voice is amazing!!! And, her music is very relaxing, soothing, too! I can't remember the last time I have heard a voice as pure as Katie's... DEFINITE buy 8))
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5.0 out of 5 stars No need to compare/contrast her with other musicians December 3, 2004
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I understand the urge, or impulse, to compare and contrast musicians, but most of what I read is not helpful. Lots of things in life are similar; it doesn't mean one is trying to imitate the other, or that we have to choose just one. I'll take music from Katie Melua, Norah Jones, Gretchen Lieberum, Diana Krall, and anyone else who pleases my ear.

Sure they all have similarities and differences--they also all have talent. If their talent doesn't please your ear, that doesn't mean one of them is unsuccessfully trying to "be" the singer you happen to like.

I'm not looking for the "next Norah". I'm looking for music that is pleasing and enjoyable. For me, this CD is both! Wow!

I enjoyed the CD so much that I made a long trip to see Ms. Melua play live. I enjoyed the performance even more than the CD! Some artists need a studio, fancy equipment, and lots of "takes" to make them sound good; Ms. Melua does not need anything except her voice--and an optional guitar.

As for who she sounds like, I almost wish there were someone else like her, because I want more, and she has yet to release another album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Soothing Mood Music
Katie Melua is so great! I like her work and use her songs to calm me down when needed. They also serve as very good slow dance music or special message-songs to your significant... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Curt Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
I have all of Katie's CD's. So needless to say, I love it.
Published 11 months ago by Daniel Arthur Jacobson
4.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love Katie's singing?
Another good selection from Katie, including "My Aphrodisiac is you" and "Lilac Wine" among others. If you like KM you will like this!
Published 15 months ago by Les Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars great vocal
really good quality CD well worth searching it out, very soft 40's jazz sound with a modern twist
I would highly recommend buying it.
Published on May 20, 2012 by aussiegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Call Off The Search
Great introduction to katie melua.
Love her voice and like to see her break big in the states.
Give it a listen. Your ears will be happy.
Published on October 6, 2011 by Chad Frey
3.0 out of 5 stars Damaged goods

I'm very pleased to get this item but I would like that you use a better packingmaterial. Like hard carbon box because the CD plastic was very damaged.
Published on July 2, 2011 by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Call off the Search
The service was great. The album contents are divine. My only frustrations is that this is the second album , from the same supplier, where the jewel case was cracked/broken on one... Read more
Published on October 12, 2009 by Carell Zaehn
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for an ad
Saw this album advertised on TV (PBS?); liked it and bought it. Very enjoyable.
Published on October 23, 2008 by Penelope Dudley
5.0 out of 5 stars Regina Spektor meets broadway!
Her vocals are incredible! She has a magical voice that casts a spell on you and doesn't let go. I initially heard her on the radio at a cafe in Edinburgh. Read more
Published on August 28, 2008 by Dazy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great beginning for a talented artist!
Katie Melua possesses singing talent, for sure. But there's more here. Her melancholy, far-off voice transforms these songs into a wonderful tapestry of emotional love, loss and... Read more
Published on June 25, 2008 by H. Reaber
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