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    by » Sat May 11th, 2019, 08:42



    ‘Ultimate Collection’ commemorates the 15 years since Katie Melua released her debut album, ‘Call Off The Search’, which topped the charts and set her on course to become the best selling female artist in the UK and Europe of 2006. The standard edition of the album contains 30 songs from her 7 studio albums, including both covers and original songs.

    Not the ideal Katie Melua compilation IMO, it contains a bit too many winter songs from her last album or other random album cuts, yet leaves out some important stuff like her single A Happy Place. However, it's her biggest compilation yet, so I'll enjoy going through this survivor and I hope people will join in the adventure!

    The songs will be divided into groups according to the tracklist order because she shuffled the songs up nicely, no need to do it myself.

    Nine Million Bicycles
    What a Wonderful World (feat. Eva Cassidy)
    Plane Song
    The One I Love Is Gone
    Crawling up a Hill
    In My Secret Life
    The Love I'm Frightened Of
    Red Balloons
    Belfast (Penguins and Cats)
    A Time to Buy
    What I Miss About You
    Spider's Web
    Thank You, Stars
    I Will Be There
    River
    The Closest Thing to Crazy
    Dreams on Fire
    Wonderful Life
    If You Are so Beautiful
    Piece by Piece
    The Little Swallow
    Just Like Heaven
    Call Off the Search
    The Walls Of The World
    The Flood
    Tiger in the Night
    I Cried for You
    If You Were A Sailboat
    Where Does the Ocean Go?
    Perfect World

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    by » Sat May 11th, 2019, 08:50

    1 The One I Love Is Gone
    2 Nine Million Bicycles
    3 Plane Song
    4 Crawling up a Hill
    5 In My Secret Life
    6 What a Wonderful World (feat. Eva Cassidy)

    @Leo @navi @Wayne @mattsky @GaGarazzi @Loose @beredy @heppolo - just tagging some people who might be fans or interested in exploring her discography a bit. if you're not, please ignore

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    by » Sat May 11th, 2019, 09:19

    1 Plane Song
    2 Nine Million Bicycles
    3 The One I Love Is Gone
    4 What a Wonderful World (feat. Eva Cassidy)
    5 In My Secret Life
    6 Crawling up a Hill
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    by » Sat May 11th, 2019, 09:23

    Yes! Thanks for the tag - will give the songs I don’t know a listen.

    Can you tag me each round? Bit cheeky but otherwise will forget.

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    by » Sat May 11th, 2019, 09:29

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    Yes! Thanks for the tag - will give the songs I don’t know a listen.

    Can you tag me each round? Bit cheeky but otherwise will forget.
    Of course, I plan to do that cause these topics get lost easily among the survivors and I need the regular voters thank you for joining!

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    by » Sat May 11th, 2019, 14:56

    1 Nine Million Bicycles: this is part of the soundtrack of my wedding so I cannot be objective with this.
    2 Plane Song: got me hooked
    3 In My Secret Life: nice one!
    4 The One I Love Is Gone: those lights in her eyes in the video are scary... nice song, highlights her interesting singing style.
    5 Crawling up a Hill: cool
    6 What a Wonderful World (feat. Eva Cassidy): a beautiful song in any version. Their voices are sweet together.
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    by » Sun May 12th, 2019, 07:07

    I‘m afraid I have never ever paid much attention to her.
    I love the way we've worked so hard. Baby, you look at me, you're my Superstar | My last.fm

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    by » Sun May 12th, 2019, 21:20

    I know that one song where she gets dragged across floor in the video. And that one lasts a lifetime. So thank you dear @Carbon but I'm a bit busy with turmoils to listen to miss Melua right now.
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    by » Mon May 13th, 2019, 15:05

    Quote Originally Posted by beredy View Post
    I know that one song where she gets dragged across floor in the video. And that one lasts a lifetime. So thank you dear @Carbon but I'm a bit busy with turmoils to listen to miss Melua right now.
    Shame, I would convert you to her blissful music. Perfect for soothing the life turmoils. But suit yourself

    @Wayne - I’m updating tonight, so hope you’ll vote

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    by » Mon May 13th, 2019, 23:05

    ROUND 1
    Rank the songs (1 = fave)

    1 Crawling up a Hill
    2 Nine Million Bicycles
    3 The One I Love Is Gone
    4 Plane Song
    5 In My Secret Life
    6 What a Wonderful World (feat. Eva Cassidy)
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    by » Tue May 14th, 2019, 07:36

    Sorry, been very busy with other forum stuff - hopefully these votes are in time, but if not have them anyway.

    01. Nine Million Bicycles
    02. Crawling up a Hill
    03. In My Secret Life
    04. The One I Love Is Gone
    05. What a Wonderful World (feat. Eva Cassidy)
    06. Plane Song

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    by » Tue May 14th, 2019, 19:01

    R1 results



    29. In My Secret Life
    30. What a Wonderful World (feat. Eva Cassidy)


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    by » Tue May 14th, 2019, 19:08

    thank you to everyone who voted! tagging for the new round: @Leo @Wayne @navi @heppolo

    1 Red Balloons (such a beautiful song)
    2 Belfast (Penguins and Cats)
    3 Spider's Web
    4 What I Miss About You
    5 The Love I'm Frightened Of
    6 A Time to Buy

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    by » Tue May 14th, 2019, 19:16

    @BodyShop - forgot to tag you before, but I think you will enjoy her

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    by » Tue May 14th, 2019, 19:34

    01. The Love I'm Frightened Of - everyone will likely think I'm being weird here, but I immediately thought of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb when I heard the instrumentation, the bass/guitar is so similar IMO. A truly phenomenal song, my favourite so far.
    02. Spider's Web - the lyrics are <3 and the vocals are <3 I love how she metaphorically likens the line between right and wrong being as being as delicate or fragile or fine as the thread on a spider's web. Really clever lyrics, amazing message.
    03. Red Balloons - her vocals are so lovely in this, it's almost a whisper in parts and it's so ethereal. She doesn't have a powerful voice but you hear serious vocal skill in this - the way she plays with notes and navigates between falsetto and chest voice is really unique.
    04. Belfast (Penguins and Cats) - ooh her head voice is delightful in this when she sings "I'm divided between penguins and cats" - great song.
    05. What I Miss About You - this was really lovely but really sombre lyrics. I guess most of us have been there Katie!
    06. A Time to Buy - didn't really click with this.

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    by » Wed May 15th, 2019, 01:06

    At one point her songs start to merge and sound a little samey... All nice but lacks variety.

    1 Spider's Web
    2 The Love I'm Frightened Of
    3 Belfast (Penguins and Cats)
    4 What I Miss About You
    5 Red Balloons
    6 A Time to Buy
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    by » Wed May 15th, 2019, 15:02

    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon View Post
    @BodyShop - forgot to tag you before, but I think you will enjoy her
    Here I am

    I'm listening to the songs .

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    by » Wed May 15th, 2019, 15:24

    ROUND 2

    1 - Red Balloons - this song makes me feel really emotional. I love it ;
    2 - What I Miss About You
    3 - The Love I'm Frightened Of
    4 - Spider's Web
    5 - A Time To Buy
    6 - Belfast (Penguins and Cats)

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    by » Wed May 15th, 2019, 15:52

    I’m gonna try and participate in this because I enjoy the handful of songs of hers that I know. I agree with Leo though that she runs the risk of a lot of her songs sounding rather similar here.

    1. Spider’s Web
    2. Red Balloons
    3. Belfast (Penguins and Cats)
    4. The Love I’m Frightened Of
    5. What I Miss About You
    6. A Time To Buy

    Spider’s Web being the highlight of this batch - what a beautiful song.

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    by » Wed May 15th, 2019, 20:50

    thanks @Spartan and @BodyShop for joining in, hope you'll continue voting!

    I think that Katie Melua falls in the territory of artists like Norah Jones, Sade or Dido who have had a very similar and distinct style throughout their whole discography and their songs can seem samey to people, especially casual listeners. However, when you get into them more, you discover uniqueness and beauty in more and more of the same songs that once seemed indistinctive.

    This particular batch was very slow ballad-heavy (and her whole opus is ballad-heavy), but I do love most of the songs and see them as unique

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    by » Wed May 15th, 2019, 22:21

    These being slower ballads is probably why I enjoyed them.

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    by » Wed May 15th, 2019, 22:29

    1 Spider's Web
    2 What I Miss About You
    3 Belfast (Penguins and Cats)
    4 The Love I'm Frightened Of
    5 Red Balloons
    6 A Time to Buy
    When we lose what we love
    Don't think anything will ever taste the same
    When we lose what we love
    Don't think anything will ever feel as good again

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