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Katie Melua talks about third album, Pictures

Katie Melua, Pictures

Story by Jack Foley

KATIE Melua will release her third album Pictures on October 1, 2007. It will be preceded by the single If You Were A Sailboat on September 24.

Describing the album as “the third part of the trilogy” that began with 2003’s Calling Off The Search and was followd by 2005’s Piece By Piece.

“It stays true to what we have always tried to focus on – the lyrics and melody, with emotional songs that hark back to the roots of songwriting,” she explains.

If that’s true, then Melua ought to have another sizeable hit on her hands, following the success of her past two releases that have helped her achieve astonishing success.

In 2004 and 2005, Melua was the best selling female artist in Britain and in 2006 she became the best selling British female artist in the world – sales of her first album and the follow up have now topped 7.5 million.

What’s more remarkable is that Melua is a singer on an independent record label and one who goes about her business in a quiet and dignified manner avoiding the media hoopla and industry trappings.

But has fame and fortune added to the pressure of creating new material? If it does, then Melua appears remarkably laidback.

She says: “The one thing that I’ve learnt from making three albums is that you don’t know what is going to happen when you start recording.

“The fact that I’m a bit older, have different interests, have more experiences, and that I’ve grown and developed as an artist means that this album would be different in some way from the first two.

“I wouldn’t want to just try and emulate the success of the previous albums but I also don’t feel the need to change for change’s sake or to please anyone other than myself.”

Highlights of Pictures look set to include Mary Pickford, a poetic musical tribute to the greats of the silver screen’s golden days; It’s All In My Head, a hopeless piece of romanticism, and If The Lights Go Out, which attempts to retain a level of optimism and love in the face of global devastation.

This is juxtaposed by the bittersweet tale of love and loathing that is What I Miss About You.

There are also some ballads to look forward to, including first single If You Were A Sailboat and Perfect Circle, on which Katie teams up with co-writer Molly McQueen.

The aforementioned filmic theme is also continued with Scary Films and the spaghetti-western-essenced Dirty Dice which sees Katie partnering on the songwriting with Andrea McEwan.

The album will close with Katie’s recording of the Leonard Cohen penned In My Secret Life.