The House

The House

by Katie MeluaKatie Melua


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Vocalist Katie Melua's 2010 album The House is an atmospheric, romantic, and sometimes eerie album of arty adult alternative pop. While longtime producer Mike Batt is on board here, journeyman electronic producer William Orbit takes the main production helm. The result is Melua's most mature album to date and one that will certainly draw well-earned comparisons to such art pop icons as Kate Bush and Tori Amos. And while immaculately produced tracks like "The Flood" and "Twisted" do evince Bush's literate and operatic sound, they also bring to mind the grand, retro-leaning approach of guitarist/singer-songwriter Richard Hawley. Which isn't to say that Melua hews closely to any kind of '60s pop; on the contrary, these are clearly contemporary songs with a modern point of view. But there is a bit of moody Nick Drake-style guitar work and the way the songs build and swoop, often with symphonic backing (the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra appears here), is very much in keeping with Hawley's particular Brill Building meets coastal British town grandeur. In that sense, the album is a bit of a grower and has an overall soft, reflective quality. 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2010
Label: Dramatico
UPC: 0802987021227
catalogNumber: 001456802
Rank: 54686

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Katie Melua   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
William Orbit   Kalimba
Mike Batt   Conductor
Tim Harries   Bass,Piano
Dominic Miller   Guitar
Henry Spinetti   Drums
Jim Watson   Piano
Steve Donnelly   Guitar
Arden Hart   Keyboards
Fergus Gerrand   Drums
Paul Stanborough   Mandolin
Luke Potashnick   Guitar
Keith Brazil   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
William Orbit   Producer
Mike Batt   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
Lauren Christy   Composer
Guy Chambers   Composer
Rupert Coulson   Engineer
Rick Nowels   Composer
Katie Melua   Composer
Polly Scattergood   Composer
Mark Surridge   Cover Photo
John Gosler   Artwork

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