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Katie Melua — The Flood
Album: The House
Avg rating:
6.9

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Total ratings: 1263









Released: 2010
Length: 3:57
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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
Comments (133)add comment
 timmus wrote:
Sounds a lot like Metric (Emily Haines).
 

spot on!
I can't rate... I like Katie Melua and her voice, but this tune seems to be done by Ace of Base...
I had the incredible chance to assist to her first concert in Barcelona, in 2010, at the (rather small but incredibly sounding) Palau de la Música. What a great concert!
Album cover doesn't do her beauty justice.  Glancing through other pictures on Google, she is incredibly beautiful, she seems to have avoided the pop-whore formula with tons of glitter and always being half naked.
 robijn wrote:
Lovely!
 
Agreed!  Saw her in concert recently and this song was an treat
Lovely!
 VH1 wrote:
Wow Bill is fulfilling on Christmas Listeners wishes! {#High-five}

 
best comment ever :)
Sounds a lot like Metric (Emily Haines).
I've always loved the way the rhythm changes in this song, always been enchanted by the sexy way she can sing so delectably here... 
Just me, a fussy Scot, clarifying that Katie Melua isn't Scottish! She's Georgian born but raised in Nor'n Ireland/ England.
Very nice.  Goldfrappesque.
Wow Bill is fulfilling on Christmas Listeners wishes! {#High-five}
Simply wonderful!
Katie every time - without much thinking either...


How about this choice U2 or Katie?  UMMMM U2 or Katie?
Yeah no question. 
The "Annie Haslam" school of delivery.
 joetekubi wrote:
Way too much production, way too little content.

 
Nice hair though!!!
Was bumping it 5 to 7 and then it had that sloppy change and reminded me why I gave it 5 last time.  She has some amazing songs but in my view this isn't one of them.  Always a nice voice though.
 themusicroob wrote:
Does this remind anyone else of cirque du soleil?

 
bwahahahaha....absolutely!!!
Does this remind anyone else of cirque du soleil?
Oh, lovely! Finally Katie Melua on Radio Paradise. Saw her 2010 in Barcelona, a wonderful concert! Thank you Bill!
Amazing...
Upload of some Deep Purple gets a sorry but Katie Melua crap gets into rotation. Not my choice.

About Celine: I don't like her music but she is a great singer. I might well prefer the lesser known songs from Celine Dion above Katie Melua.
Way too much production, way too little content.
 Funny ... was just about to post a comment saying exactly the same! {#High-five}

vanmas wrote:
When will RP play Celine Dion?
This come's close...
Terrible...

 


Holy schmackeroly! I didn't know she had songs this good as well! Rhythm changes and all. Fantastic!
 tkosh wrote:


me gusta!

 


This song goes through a new musical style about every 30 seconds. The vocalist is fine, the song sucks.
this album was William Orbit, hence the drama.    her other albums prior to this were co written and produced by Mike Batt on his label.     womble anyone?

I like this, its brave enough to completely change direction then back again.   8
wasn't this produced by William Orbit? {#Boohoo}
breathless bedroom whispering, lots of reverb, ......  

I dunno.... 
So boring ... don't like her at all. Everything she sings sounds the same.
Unfortunately no PSD button on my device ...
Interesting to find out that she's married to James Toseland, a successful British motorcycle racer of which I followed before his retirement.  The two must have music in common.  James is an pretty accomplished pianist as well.
I thought that it was Edie Brickell.  I was sure of it!  Oh well, my bad...  That's not a bad thing by the way....
The sound engineer had the reverb turned 'way too far up.
 bentonian wrote:
A song for the closing credits of a bad action movie.

 
Well noted. Reminded me a little of Shirley Bassey when the song started. Something about the scoring feels a bit cliched and the lyrics are shopworn. But she has a nice voice and will likely do better stuff. 

Edit: read more RP comments. Katie's closer to Petula Clark's voice than Shirley's. The vibrato in her singing sounds a bit overdubbed, but my left ear is really shot.  

(And wow, she's a babe).  
I think she knocks this out of the park. Every time I hear it on my headphones I have to stop and look to see who this fab singer is!

I especially like it when it when the tempo picks up.
 That_SOB wrote:

  Why do polyester suits and patient leather Beatle boots come to mind ?  Is that you Petula ?

 
 RedGuitar wrote:

I do believe you mean PATENT leather boots.

 
{#Lol}"Patient Leather Boots" could be a good band name, though I guess all leather is pretty patient.
Beautiful vibrato!
 johnjconn wrote:


already sounds better......

 


 bentonian wrote:
A song for the closing credits of a bad action movie.

 
I really like this song quite a bit, but damn if your comment isn't spot on. 
HORROR!!!
Just love her voice but my favourite track is still, (on her first (2004) album "Call off the Search), "The closest thing to crazy" - which B&R have rejected along with 20 odd others! {#Rolleyes}
A song for the closing credits of a bad action movie.
The man behind this dross is also behind this dross
This post apparently contained an image that was dragged into the post editor. Sorry, but any text contained in the post after this point has been lost.
When will RP play Celine Dion?
This come's close...
Terrible...
There are a lot of people here that do not like this girl. But I do....One must be versatile.....:)

Yes, a real piece of collection. Good demonstration of true turntable for vinyl records, with direct and raw sound, very different from the best cd-player, with the box made of wood, which prevents the resonance out. Also appreciated the fact that the mark by the manufacturer is hidden of the appliance, avoiding free advertising. I am an enthusiast of these pearls, and i also own a one, diamond needle, but probably not as sophisticated.

.
 
DaveInVA wrote:
 


Okay it's a 7. Jeezuschris
 Carl wrote:
Several of Katie's songs, including "Kozmic Blues," are currently in review here. Cast your thumbs-up votes, listeners!
 
Katie's cover of Kozmic Blues is impressive.  She does her own thing, while still giving a nod to Janis.
 That_SOB wrote:
Is that you Petula ?
 
No, she's down town. Are you that SOB who's been bothering her? I'm calling the cops! {#Cheesygrin}
 That_SOB wrote:

  Why do polyester suits and patient leather Beatle boots come to mind ?  Is that you Petula ?
 
I do believe you mean PATENT leather boots.
Even though this could be a title song for a James Bond movie I still like it.
Misterfixit wrote:
Problem with 78 rpm discs is the amount of recording time.  You can achieve pretty high quality and a lengthy play time if you went to a 12" or 16" one sided disc.  The 45 rpm discs for single play were pretty close to as hi fi as you could get.  OTH, if you have any of the mid-1950's "Master-Phonics" 78rpm discs, they are pretty good quality.  Those old radio broadcast 16 rpm discs were "transcription discs" and were not made for actual sound quality.  Higher speeds and media tracks which are wide equates to bandwidth.  At one time there was a scheme to record music on Betamax or VHS tapes where the helical scan head flew past at present day DAT speeds.  Recording wide bandwidth analog sound is actually fairly difficult, not because of the equipment electronics but the media bandwidth.
 
...ah, good point: i hadn't considered play times at all; my old 78s are all classical organ pieces which don't need the long-play format...i remembre dabbling with helical-scan hi-fi VHS in the late eighties and early nineties, back when sony was doing everything they could to cripple consumer DAT as a project-studio medium and personal computers hadn't yet attained performance suitable to real-time multi-track recording...toward the end of that period, i actually contemplated re-purposing laserdisc video tracks for higher-definition wide-bandwidth analog audio, but thank goodness ubiquitous nyquist-limited digital audio recording finally overcame that stranglehold...

...the world would be a very different place today if music production had remained the purview of major-label oligopoly... 
Several of Katie's songs, including "Kozmic Blues," are currently in review here. Cast your thumbs-up votes, listeners!
Cool video, if you are into scantily dressed, well cut dudes dancing around with staffs. 

Of course, Katie looks hot too, so guys do have some reason to watch the video other than the good music. 

This isn't her best song that I've heard (her cover of Kosmic Blues is freaking fantastic), but it's a very good one.
Yup, and love it... 9

 
Bone wrote:
trite lyrics, overproduced vocals and a poppy finish!!!

-4-
 


trite lyrics, overproduced vocals and a poppy finish!!!

-4-
 mandolin wrote:


...i have a stack of old 78 RPM records at home - those things are thick and heavy!..interesting that they never really caught on with the audiophile crowd, as the higher speeds offer much greater fidelity than any other quasi-mainstream mechanical analog disc...
 
Problem with 78 rpm discs is the amount of recording time.  You can achieve pretty high quality and a lengthy play time if you went to a 12" or 16" one sided disc.  The 45 rpm discs for single play were pretty close to as hi fi as you could get.  OTH, if you have any of the mid-1950's "Master-Phonics" 78rpm discs, they are pretty good quality.  Those old radio broadcast 16 rpm discs were "transcription discs" and were not made for actual sound quality.  Higher speeds and media tracks which are wide equates to bandwidth.  At one time there was a scheme to record music on Betamax or VHS tapes where the helical scan head flew past at present day DAT speeds.  Recording wide bandwidth analog sound is actually fairly difficult, not because of the equipment electronics but the media bandwidth.

 siskinbob wrote:
At times Katies voice reminds me of Annie Haslam (Renaissance)...shivers up my spine.....Love em both.
 
Perhaps related ... Katie Melua sang with the Pogues in at least one performance in 2005 after Kirsty McColl died.

  Why do polyester suits and patient leather Beatle boots come to mind ?  Is that you Petula ?
 Misterfixit wrote:
Ah yes, but the 16-1/3'd RPM 12 and 16 inch which are played from the inside out are rarest of all.
 

...i have a stack of old 78 RPM records at home - those things are thick and heavy!..interesting that they never really caught on with the audiophile crowd, as the higher speeds offer much greater fidelity than any other quasi-mainstream mechanical analog disc...
 christopherwoods wrote:
This song is a strange kinda earworm; I'm not a huge Katie Melua fan but I'll happily listen to this again and again.

Incidentally, @Bill - it's Katie MELua (pronounced MELyouah, equal timing on each letter grouping but emphasis on the onset of the syllable! :) Likewise, KT Tunstall's first name is pronounced like the regular "Katie", not "K T". Just sayin'. ;-)

Pedant Englishman signing off!

 
Pedantic Englishman-decendant here:

You are correct. Melua rhymes with "sue her" and "kahlua" (https://www.kahlua.com/) :P

 ziggytrix wrote:

LAAAAAAAAAME?  You think this song is LAAAAAAAME?
 
Hehehehe.  That pretty much describes how I feel about this song too...
 piñata wrote:
i think this song is bored... {#Ask}
  The song may be bored but I'm certainly not! 9

 mandolin wrote:


...thirty-threes, sure, but fourty-fives are a rare bird indeed...
 

Ah yes, but the 16-1/3'd RPM 12 and 16 inch which are played from the inside out are rarest of all.

i think this song is bored... {#Ask}
3
At times Katies voice reminds me of Annie Haslam (Renaissance)...shivers up my spine.....Love em both.
 christopherwoods wrote:
This song is a strange kinda earworm; I'm not a huge Katie Melua fan but I'll happily listen to this again and again.

Incidentally, @Bill - it's Katie MELua (pronounced MELyouah, equal timing on each letter grouping but emphasis on the onset of the syllable! :) Likewise, KT Tunstall's first name is pronounced like the regular "Katie", not "K T". Just sayin'. ;-)

Pedant Englishman signing off!
 

Thank you for enlightening us.
YOWSAH!
 ziggytrix wrote:

LAAAAAAAAAME?  You think this song is LAAAAAAAME?

 
Hahaha! Yup, I guess I do.

Liked it until it turned into a disco hit.
 DaveInVA wrote:

Its an Empire 698 I bought new in '77. Its not backwards, just upside down...
 
Now I see my mistake. Beautiful turntable and great choice of records! This was nearing the record-CD transition, so I think you were smart/lucky to have gotten this in the day. It's grown on me, made it to a "10" and in my Radio Paradise Favorites playlist now. But not the same as having original vinyl. :-)

 Dave_Mack wrote:
This song sure is a weird mix of stuff.  It doesn't really work for me.

ETA: And the tune at the beginning sounds just like "Sabbath Prayer" from "Fiddler on the Roof". Eh?

 
LAAAAAAAAAME?  You think this song is LAAAAAAAME?

This song is a strange kinda earworm; I'm not a huge Katie Melua fan but I'll happily listen to this again and again.

Incidentally, @Bill - it's Katie MELua (pronounced MELyouah, equal timing on each letter grouping but emphasis on the onset of the syllable! :) Likewise, KT Tunstall's first name is pronounced like the regular "Katie", not "K T". Just sayin'. ;-)

Pedant Englishman signing off!

 Jelani wrote:

Yes, that IS a cool vid.
 
YES, I LOVE this video!!!  {#Bounce}
 peter_james_bond wrote: 

...thirty-threes, sure, but fourty-fives are a rare bird indeed...
 mandolin wrote:
...is that a 45?..i didn't realise anybody pressed them anymore!..
 
Nielsen SoundScan numbers that show that vinyl was the fastest growing musical format in 2010.

 mandolin wrote:

...is that a 45?..i didn't realise anybody pressed them anymore!..
 
Actually same song both sides and it is 45 rpm on one side and 33&1/3 on the other side...
This song sure is a weird mix of stuff.  It doesn't really work for me.

ETA: And the tune at the beginning sounds just like "Sabbath Prayer" from "Fiddler on the Roof". Eh?

like like like
 Carl wrote:

Nice turntable. Why is the writing on the disc brush backwards?
 
Its not.  Its upside down. 
 
 Carl wrote:

Nice turntable. Why is the writing on the disc brush backwards?
 
Its an Empire 698 I bought new in '77. Its not backwards, just upside down...
 DaveInVA wrote:

 
Nice turntable. Why is the writing on the disc brush backwards?

Every time I hear this I think it's Milla Jovovich. {#Stupid}
After watching a couple of her videos, I'm liking her music more and more. She works well in the multi-media format of music, lyrics, vocals and video. One more artist to add to my collection of "music I want to buy when I win the lottery." Bumping this one to a 9.
Best thing I've ever heard from her. Generally I have found her work to be pretty banal and dull mainstream pap, but this is really quite interesting, with a very accomplished and appealing vocal which has quite a lot of character in it.
 DaveInVA wrote:

 
...is that a 45?..i didn't realise anybody pressed them anymore!..

 Shesdifferent wrote:
A lot of people don't like her....but I like her.
 
Me too, more I hear this song more I like it...

Haven't heard this before, but it's interesting.
A lot of people don't like her....but I like her.

Katie-did?

Get some E-surance!

{#Dance}
 Carl wrote:
Nice song. It began a bit so-so but the change-ups were interesting and overall I think I'll like it.

 
Now I'm sure ... I do like it!

Any bets on the next song? Peter Gabriel/"Here Comes the Flood?" No, Cowboy Junkies. I was hoping for a theme block I guess...
Disco is officially *back*!
If it weren't for the voice, I'd never have known this was Melua.  Don't think I've ever dropped the rating for something mid-song before...
Could we get "If the Stars Were Mine" into the rotation, please?

I swore this sounded like Sarah Slean. (never heard of Katie before)
 mirland wrote:
How can she make a track of this quality when everything else she´s made is at best bland?
 
Or alternately how can she make such a rubbish pile of commercial radio drivel with no soul or emotion when she has given us some great tracks in the past?  But then i guess you say tomato and i say no i'm pretty sure its a tractor.
O please. After radiohead it sounds more shitty that usual.
bumped into her (literally) at a gig the other night ... very pleasant :)
How can she make a track of this quality when everything else she´s made is at best bland?
 coolpeople_rule wrote:


Then check out the music video...strange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E4-9yKTv_I&ob=av2e
 
Yikes!  Very 'dramatic'.  Made me cringe. No wonder MTV dropped videos from their rotation.

Lovely song.
really enjoyed it.
Never heard of her.
now I can enjoy it thanks to radio paradise.

glad to be here. {#Biggrin} 
I am really loving this!!  Very Goldfrap-ish — a little Sarah Brightman, too.  I don't care for the rest of the album though.
what a beauty
 krysthal wrote:
Awesome song, and a great video as well on YouTube
 
Yes, that IS a cool vid.

3 at best


 Laurelai wrote:
Kinda Kate Bush and Celine Dion had a baby.... {#Sealed}  
 
petrfas wrote:

very difficult to imagine...
 

Oof, what an insult - Celine Dion as a musical influence? Ick ick ick. I think this is way too nice to deserve such an insult....
Awesome song, and a great video as well on YouTube
 Laurelai wrote:
Kinda Kate Bush and Celine Dion had a baby.... {#Sealed}
 
very difficult to imagine...
 Laurelai wrote:
Kinda Kate Bush and Celine Dion had a baby.... {#Sealed}
 
celine who?  I don't think rain has saline in it.  Kate lives on!

Echo-chamber, working overtime. #4
govna wrote:

       and suddenly...

.
 SinisterDexter wrote:


...last summer?
 

I'm hearing it, too.


Kinda Kate Bush and Celine Dion had a baby.... {#Sealed}
New to me — kind of liking it — think I will check out more from her
 govna wrote:
and suddenly...
 

...last summer?
Nothing to do with the music, but do an image search on Katie. It's impossible to get a bad picture of this woman!
this is growing on me like crazy!
and suddenly...DISCO!!!