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The House

The House is the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Katie Melua, and was released on 24 May 2010 – it peaked at number four in the UK Album charts. The House was produced by William Orbit and its Katie’s first studio album not to be produced by Mike Batt. The sound is very different from Katies previous albums with a much more prominent pop/rock feel.

The first single from the album, “The Flood”, was released on 17 May 2010 and was written by Katie, Guy Chambers and Lauren Christy. The music video was directed by Kevin Godley, who has also directed videos for Eric Clapton and U2, as well as having directed the video for Katie’s “Nine Million Bicycles”

The second single A Happy Place was released in July 2010, featuring a remix of the track by Sparks.
The third single To Kill You With A Kiss (called I’d Love To Kill You on the album) was released at the end of November 2010.

Tracklist:

    1. I’d Love To Kill You
    2. The Flood
    3. A Happy Place
    4. A Moment Of Madness
    5. Red Balloons
    6. Tiny Alien
    7. No Fear Of Heights
    8. The One I Love Is Gone
    9. Plague Of Love
    10. God On The Drums, Devil On The Bass
    11. Twisted
    12. The House

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01. I’d Love To Kill You

I’d love to kill you with a kiss
I’d like to strike you down with bliss
I’d like to tie you up in knots
until your heart stops

I’d love to kill you with a glance
I’d like to put you in trance
I’d like to drug you with my scent
And use you in the moment

Oooh

I’d love to kill you as you eat
The pleasure would taste so sweet
I’d like to open up your skin
And wander there within

I’d love to kill you by a stream
Where no one can hear my baby scream
And then I’d run away and be free
The sweetest victory

Oooh

I love to watch you in your sleep
Cause you don’t have power over me
And when you’re awake I’m undone
Under you spell, in hell

Oooh

02. The Flood

Broken people get recycled
And I hope that I will.
Sometimes we’re thrown off our pathways
What I thought was my way home
Wasn’t the place I know
I’m certain nothing’s certain
What we own becomes our prison
My possessions will be gone
Back to where they came from

Blame, no one is to blame
As natural as the rain that falls
Here comes the Flood again

See the rock that you hold onto
Is it gonna save you
When the earth begins to crumble?
Why d’you feel you have to hold on?
Imagine if you let go

Blame, no one is to blame
As natural as the rain that falls
Here comes the Flood again

Wash away the weight that pulls you down
Ride the waves that free you from the dusk?

Don’t trust your eyes
Its easy to believe them
Know in your heart
That you can leave your prison

Don’t trust your mind
It’s not always listening
Turn on the lights
And feel the ancient rhythm

Don’t trust your eyes
Its easy to believe them
Know in your heart
That you can leave your prison

Blame, no one is to blame
As natural as the rain that falls
Here comes the Flood again

03. A Happy Place

I’m going to find a happy
I’m going to find a happy
I’m going to find a happy place

Seven thousand eyes are watching
Marching home and no one’s touching
Army of the city workers
Secretaries, lawyers, brokers
Heading for a London station
Heading for a quick salvation
Oblivious to cherry cola
Trying to sell to every stranger

Stuck here it’s cold I’m standing
Hoping for some understanding
Only way to go is inside

I’m going to find a happy
I’m going to find a happy
I’m going to find a happy place

Seven thousand light years travel
Let my sense of time unravel
Trapped feelings are never ending
Send those weaknesses descending
Towards the earth’s red centre
Let the fire rise and enter
Tap into the primal power
Rising like a giant tower

The energy receiving
Cut a hole right through the ceiling
People getting smaller as you fly

I’m going to find a happy
I’m going to find a happy
I’m going to find a happy place

(I’m gonna find a happy place) A happy Place
(I’m gonna find a happy place) A happy place
(I’m gonna find a happy place) A happy place

Find a star, send down a beam to where you are
An elevator of light taking you somewhere
Where you’ll always be loved

I have found that stress and nonsense
Puts me in zone of avoidance
Could my mind be moving faster
Pulling like a super cluster
Can be hard to trust a feeling
But believing ends in seeing

We’re going to find a happy
We’re going to find a happy
We’re going to find a happy place

(I’m gonna find a happy place) A happy place
(I’m gonna find a happy place) A happy place
(I’m gonna find a happy place) A happy place

04. A Moment of Madness

A moment of madness
It’s happened before
It could turn into sadness or a civil war
You’ve got me changing all I ever thought

When you first got so mad lost your rag
Trying to some save some trees
Angry cries, saw your thighs
And I fell to my knees
Oh my god what is this?
It’s a moment of madness,

When we drank too much beer
Lost our fear
Our defenses were down
You got up tried your luck
Bought a dubious round
It can be hard to resist
It’s a moment of madness

A promise of passion
A trailer of sin
A smiling assassin
The demon within
Endorphins are raging
Resistance is thin

And you’re blowing my mind
‘Cause I find that your theories of life

Are insane, feed my brain
I could listen all night
I can’t leave till we kiss
It’s a moment of madness

And I just wanna stare at your hair
And imagine you opening your door
In your drawer there’s some leather in there
I refuse, you persist
It’s a moment of madness

You know I’m not asking a lot,
Only your life,
I don’t want to get what I want,
But I’m willing to try,
And I’m gonna ask you to stop,
But I’m full of lies

When you first got so mad lost your rag
Trying to save some trees
Angry cries, saw your thighs
And I fell to my knees
Oh my God what is this?
It’s a moment of madness

And I just wanna stare at your hair
And imagine you opening your door
In your drawer there’s some leather in there
I refuse, you persist
It’s a moment of madness

05. Red Balloons

I put my heart in a red balloon
But I let it go to soon
Let it go on the boulevard
Where wicked winds blow so hard

Maybe had I looked up I would have seen that

The sky is full of red balloons
Red balloons are full of broken hearts
Broken hearts are floating by a chance
Will they burst or drift
Into arms
Will they burst or drift
Into arms

I put my voice in a red balloon
For you it sang too many tunes
Haunted by those melodies
I let it go with the breeze

Maybe had I looked up I would have seen that

The sky is full of red balloons
Red balloons are full of broken hearts
Broken hearts are floating by a chance
Will they burst or drift
Into arms
Will they burst or drift
Into arms

I put my eyes in a red balloon
To watch you with the light of the moon,
But seeing you holding hands
With another girl and making plans
Well I just had to set you free
And finally see, that

The sky is full of red balloons
Red balloons are full of broken hearts
Broken hearts are floating by a chance
Will they burst or drift
Into arms,
Will they burst or drift
Into arms

06. Tiny Alien

Who are you my tiny alien
Why do you love to hide
Who are you my tiny alien
What can you see inside

I won’t make a sound
I won’t shoot you down
With my science, and reliance on everything I thought I knew

When you’re not of this earth
You won’t know what you’re worth
You’ve just got to take the pressure together
Or you’ll never survive in this world
Tiny alien

Who are you my tiny alien
What are you here to do
Who are you my tiny alien
How can I talk to you

What’s my DNA
Can you make it change
So I can gain new insight and take flight
And never feel any pain

When you’re not of this earth
You won’t know what you’re worth

You’ve just got to take the pressure together
Or you’ll never survive in this world

Just how far can you fall
When you still feel so small
Will you love me through the sorrows tomorrows
Whatever the future will bring
Tiny alien

Who are you my tiny alien
We are just skin and bones
Who are you my tiny alien
Why are we so alone

When you’re not of this earth
You won’t know what you’re worth
You’ve just got to take the pressure together
Or you’ll never survive in this world

Just how far can you fall
When you still feel so small
Will you love me through the sorrows tomorrows
Whatever the future will bring
Tiny alien
Who are you my tiny alien
Who are you my tiny alien
Who are you my tiny alien
Who are you my tiny alien

07. No Fear Of Heights

I never walked near the edge
Used to fear falling
I never swam far from shore
Never tried the secret door

But when you give me love
When you give me love

I have no fear of heights,
No fear of the deep blue sea,
Although it could drown me,
I know it could drown me

I didn’t wander in the woods
Used to fear the darkness

I didn’t like getting deep
I was scared of what I couldn’t keep

But when you give me love
When you give me love

I have no fear of heights,
No fear of the deep blue sea,
Although it could drown me,
I know it could drown me

No fear of the fall
No fear if it’s with you that I fall
‘cause nothing could break us,
No, nothing could break us, now

08. The One I Love Is Gone

I don’t know, I don’t know
Where I’ll go or what I’ll do
It makes no difference what I do without you

Oh I love you my darling
But I’ll have to let you leave
Goodbye it’s the last you’ll hear of me

Well I found the bluebird
High on a mountainside
And the little bird would sing its little song

So I’ll sigh, I’ll cry

I’ll even wanna die
For the one I love is gone.

Well I found the bluebird
High on a mountainside
And the little bird would sing its little song

So I’ll sigh, I’ll cry
I’ll even wanna die
For the one I love is gone.

I’ll sigh, I’ll cry
I’ll even wanna die
For the one I love is gone.

09. Plague Of Love

My father is a doctor
He never told me
About this problem
That I’ve got

I’ve never had it
it feels awful
it must be something that I caught

I can’t breath, I can’t eat
I hallucinate in my sleep
I get a fever whenever you’re near
Oh God it’s suddenly clear

Ooh struck down by the plague of love
Sweet poison running through my blood
And I can’t bear not knowing if you even care.

My mother is nurse
She can’t help me
Though she spent her life
In the service of others

I told her ‘bout my pain
But she was busy
Downstairs serving dinner for my brother

Now I can’t get out of bed
I’ve got this crazy notion in my head
I hear a ghost in my bedroom lurking
Is it me or is the medicine working?

Ooh struck down by the plague of love
Sweet poison running through my blood
And I can’t bear not knowing if you even care

Ooh struck down by the plague of love
Sweet poison running through my blood
And I can’t bear not knowing if you even care.

Maybe nothing can save me
So come a little closer
I’ve got a secret just for you

Ooh struck down by the plague of love
Sweet poison running through my blood
And I can’t bear not knowing if you even care

Ooh struck down by the plague of love
Struck down by the plague of love
Struck down by the plague of love

10. God On The Drums, Devil On The Bass

Got God on the drums and the Devil on the bass
If you wanna dance you better find a space
Between the horns and the angel face
Is this the night you’re gonna fall from grace
With God on the drums and the Devil on the bass
With God on the drums and the Devil on the bass

No one cares in this raging town,
They can build you up or drag you down
Nothing’s wrong or right, black or white
They’re all trying to start a fight between

God on the drums and the Devil on the bass
If you wanna dance you better find a space
Between the horns and the angel face
Is this the night you’re gonna fall from grace
With God on the drums and the Devil on the bass
With God on the drums and the Devil on the bass

This constant beat that you cannot hear
‘cause it hasn’t changed for a thousand years

And you can hear this song my friend
But it never began and it will never end,

With God on the drums and the Devil on the bass
If you wanna dance you better find a space
Between the horns and the angel face
Is this the night you’re gonna fall from grace
With God on the drums and the Devil on the bass

Some people lie for a living
Some people stoop so low
Some make a thing of forgiving
Well they don’t care ‘cause they don’t know that

God’s on the drums and the Devil’s on the bass
If you wanna dance you better find a space
Between the horns and the angel face
Is this the night you’re gonna fall from grace
With God on the drums and the Devil on the bass
With God on the drums and the Devil on the bass
And the Devil on the bass and the Devil on the bass

11. Twisted

Ooh baby I’m twisted
Ooh baby I’m twisted

I shouldn’t keep dreaming of you
It’s something I swore I wouldn’t do
My friends say don’t go there
It’s a road to nowhere

But you got through
And I can’t undo
This thing I feel for you,

Ooh I’m twisted, just twisted
Entranced by the dance that you do
I’m twisted, so twisted
I wanna twist and turn with you

Ooh baby I’m twisted
Ooh baby I’m twisted

Out on the street, I meet you again
This beast inside is counting to ten
We’re all alone
We’re near my home

And we go in
Like a mortal sin
Don’t wanna live if I can’t touch your skin

Ooh I’m twisted, just twisted
Entranced by the dance that you do
I’m twisted, so twisted
I wanna twist and turn with you
I’m twisted, just twisted
I wanna twist the night away with you

Ooh baby I’m twisted
Ooh baby I’m twisted
Ooh baby I’m twisted
Ooh baby I’m twisted

Like the roots of a tree
(Ooh baby I’m twisted)
You got into me
(Ooh baby I’m twisted)

Like the roots of a tree
(Ooh baby I’m twisted)
You got into me
(Ooh baby I’m twisted)
Baby I’m twisted
(Ooh baby I’m twisted)
Baby I’m twisted
(Ooh baby I’m twisted)

12. The House

Who is in that house?
I opened the door to see
Who is up the stairs?
I’m walking up foolishly

And at the end of the hall was a door
And I got pulled in by a sound
But I wish I’d never found

In the privacy of your own room
Where flowers in the wallpaper bloom
Where I just don’t understand
In the privacy of your room
Look away now, look away now
At the moon

Is somebody watching me?
You really shouldn’t see

Why did you climb that last stair
You found me unaware

What I’m doing now it’s my own
And I don’t want it to be known
And it has to just remain

In the privacy of my own room
Where flowers in the wallpaper bloom
Where you just don’t understand
In the privacy of my room
Look away now, look away now
At the moon

Puzzle me now with mystery clothes
These apples I love, these apples I loath
And always forgive the future to come
For stealing the light from the sun

Release Year: 2010 | Cat: Dramatico DRAMCD0061

CD Booklet Text:

Photos

Mark surridge – Front cover, Booklet cover, pages 2, 10 & 11
Rebecca Litchfield Booklet page 15
Art and Design by John Gosler

Publishers

Tracks 1, 3, 4, & 6 – Melua Music Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd, EMI Music Publishing
Track 2 – Melua Music Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd, EMI Music Publishing, Careers/Lauren Christie Songs (BMI) o/b/o Lauren Christie
Track 5 – Melua Music Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd/Copyright Control
Tracks 7 & 12 – Melua Music Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd
Track 8 – Kentucky Music Inc/Carlin Music Corp
Tracks 9 & 11 – Melua Music Ltd/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd/R-Rated Music administered by EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Track 10 – Melua Music Ltd/Dramatico/Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd

William Orbit would like to thank Laurie Mayer, Alan Tilston, Andy Kipnes, Richard Barrie and Simon Knee

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Rating: ★★★☆☆
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The fourth album from the young singer/songwriter comes as a production by William Orbit. If anything this album is slightly more edgy and even a little electronic.

The House has quite a theatrical start to it, and you begin to wonder what it would be like to be on her train of thought. As she sweetly sings ‘I’d love to kill you as you eat’. Saying this, the album is quite hard to get into. It’s like eating dry crackers. they don’t taste bad, but they are a chore to get through; I was relieved when it got going. ‘A Happy Place’ is the first standout track and basically explains itself – a happy song with a fast rhythm, building up a tense pace like winding something up tight and releasing.

‘God On The Drums, Devil On The Bass’ proves Melua can produce a darker and heavier sound. A little more modern and creative perhaps than her last few albums, yet fans shouldn’t worry. The ballads she is known for, the perfectly sweet vocals, and the slightly ‘out there’ topics are all still present. This is a well produced album that Melua fans will not be disappointed by, there was never any doubt that she was a talented artist.

It’s not a statement album, but it’s well executed and works well after a long day.

Rating: ★★★★★
A natural progression that should please her fans and interest new ones

I recently heard someone say that this record will shock Katie Melua’s old fans. I don’t think that is true…pleasantly surprised would be a more apt reaction.
The songs still showcase her unique and beautiful voice and there are still plenty of her trademark ballads – although the lyrical content seems a bit darker.

The first single The Flood probably sums up the album well – an epic ‘Bond’ theme in the main, with an unexpected temp change 2/3 of the way through with William Orbit’s production apparent.
The House is epic, it is definitely a “Katie Melua record” for her old fans but, with songs like Happy Place, Twisted and Plague Of Love has songs that should pique the interest of those who haven’t previously bought one of her albums

Highly recommended