One of the UK’s best-selling female recording artists of all time, Katie Melua returns with ‘Album No. 8’, available on 16th October 2020. For some music experts, it is glamorous, grown-up easy listening.
Album No 8 will be Melua’s second release since the partnership deal with Batt and Dramatico ended, and the album’s artwork would suggest that Melua is ready to turn the lens on herself.
As her marriage with James Toseland was coming to an end, Melua was also cognisant not to allow this to seep too far into the narrative, and with Album No 8 she has crafted a collection of personal and relatable vignettes that speak of love and loss, with the brilliant and eclectic Leo Abrahams on production duties. The album begins with A Love Like That, a gorgeous string-laden number, with echoes of Les Fleur by Minnie Ripperton, begging the question how to keep a burning and passionate love alive. This sets the tone for a compendious set of cinematic, soothing and poignant songs, showcasing a deeper maturity not only in Melua’s voice, but also in her songwriting.
Your Longing Is Gone is perhaps the album’s standout, a heart-breaking, yet bittersweet ode to a love disappearing showcasing Melua’s soaring vocals and her trademark intrinsic melancholy. The album closes with the pensive Remind Me To Forget with Melua emerging from her shell and heralding a new dawn. So open some red and dive into this ethereal set of personal songs: with Album No 8, a beguiling autumn is here.
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