Katie Melua – Love & Money (2023) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

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Katie Melua – Love & Money (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:56 minutes | 393 MB | Genre: Pop
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Love & Money is Katie Melua’s 9th studio album; a stunning and personal 10 track snapshot of Katie as both an artist and human. Producer Leo Abrahams assembled an exceptional group of musicians with an astounding track record to complete the sound of the record. The album was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s iconic Real World Studios, before Katie and Abrahams took the tracks back to his own studio in Leyton, built over a WW2 bomb shelter. The album sees Katie reflecting on her place in the world; the bonuses and challenges of being a woman in the music industry and the delicate balance of career and family life, all brought to life in a lush moment of personal acceptance and catharsis. Katie will be facing some of these challenges on her UK & EU tour this April through May, which she is set to complete as a new mother following the birth of her first child. She plays 15 dates across the EU and 14 dates across the UK, including a landmark show at The Royal Albert Hall, London on 16th May. Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, Katie Melua has travelled far in every sense. Following the hugely successful release of modern standards such as ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’ and ‘Nine Million Bicycles’, she has become one of Britain’s highest selling recording artists, amassing over 11 million sales and 56 platinum certifications across a 20 year career with all 8 studio albums to date charting in the top 10 in the UK albums chart.There’s a feeling on Katie Melua’s ninth album, 2023’s softly rendered Love & Money, that she’s happy and wants to mark the occasion. It’s a subtle, yet palpable shift from 2020’s Album No. 8, a set of artfully diffuse indie pop recorded in the wake of her divorce following a six-year marriage. That album, produced with Leo Abrahams, felt diaristic and experimental, as if the Georgian-born/U.K.-raised Melua was sloughing off the Baroque arrangements of the ’60s- and ’70s-influenced pop of the first half of her career to find something even more personal. Once again working with Abrahams, Melua has returned with an album that feels lighter and more relaxed than its predecessor, as if she’s worked through her transformation and can now take a deep breath and spread her metaphorical creative wings. It’s a vibe she conjures on “Quiet Moves,” a song that could either be Melua singing about her lover or herself, and the way she’s learned to ignore her negative inner voice. She sings, “A voice that tells me I can’t dance won’t disappear/Seconds are making my heart and my head go baddum baddum baddum/Having you here makes that all go away.” Or, perhaps what speaks more importantly to these lyrics is the fact that, while recording the album, she was pregnant with her first child, a life-changing experience that seems to underscore the warm feelings redolent in many of the songs. Melua is clearly enjoying life’s simple pleasures here, whether it’s spending a sunny day by the river as in “Lie in Heat” or invoking her need for quiet alone time, as in “Those Sweet Days.” Similarly, on “First Date” she ruminates on falling in love and possibly meeting someone who will get carried away and “dream of our future days.” If Love & Money is the sound of Melua getting carried away, then it seems to suit her just fine. – Matt Collar


1-1. Katie Melua – Golden Record (03:33)
1-2. Katie Melua – Quiet Moves (03:58)
1-3. Katie Melua – 14 Windows (03:45)
1-4. Katie Melua – Lie In the Heat (02:48)
1-5. Katie Melua – Darling Star (03:11)
1-6. Katie Melua – Reefs (04:36)
1-7. Katie Melua – First Date (03:35)
1-8. Katie Melua – Pick Me Up (03:39)
1-9. Katie Melua – Those Sweet Days (03:25)
1-10. Katie Melua – Love & Money (03:20)