|1. Call Off the Search|
|2. Crawling Up a Hill|
|3. Closest Thing to Crazy|
|4. My Aphrodisiac Is You|
|5. Learnin' the Blues|
|6. Blame It On the Moon|
|8. I Think It's Going to Rain Today|
|9. Mockingbird Song|
|10. Tiger in the Night|
|11. Faraway Voice|
|12. Lilac Wine|
Katie's voice is not powerful, but carefully nuanced. Criticism that her style is not sufficiently soulful or strong rather miss the point - her style is more measured, controlled, and frankly, it's more mature. The difference is akin to the difference between Clapton's original Derek & the Dominoes recording and the later Unplugged version of "Layla" - both are brilliant, but the early version vents rage and frustration, where the later conveys regret, remorse, and perhaps more than a little resignation to the unrequited love. Both are perfectly valid responses, but I've reached the point where I am less likely to rage than to acknowledge that there are things I want but may never have. Melua, surprisingly for one so young, also reflects this maturity, and artfully conveys frustrations and desires, without shouting at the world.
Melua's "Crawling Up a Hill" is a revelation - Mayall's original was a full-on blues tune; this version is jazzy and subtle. "Blame It on the Moon" is wistful and pensive; "Mockingbird" and "My Aphrodisiac is You" are playful and teasing - again, that subtle touch.
Most of the arrangements on the album are beautifully done and superbly played. Unfortunately, the last two tracks are the weakest, and are all that holds this album from getting the 5-star treatment.
Her approach to music certainly does not go hand-in-hand with her age: that is to say she's not part of the Britneys or the Christinas of the world. With her music and her charm, she's targeting an older audience (or should I say, "more mature"?) with a blend of jazz and blues, which inevitably reminds a lot of people (myself included) of Norah Jones. The big difference lies in Katie's voice, which powerfully resonates when she sings (along with playing guitar) through every single track in her album.
Overall, I like it: I see potential. Though I still am not playing it over and over, I will continue to keep an eye open and my ears attentive to future works by Katie Melua, as she appears as if she's going to be around for good, as an established voice among the best jazz and blues singers of the world.