Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What Katie Did This Time Was Faultless

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What Katie Did This Time Was Faultless

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Byline: By Sam Wonfor

Katie Melua, Metro Radio Arena

Apologies for the clichA you are about to receive, but Katie Melua is the living proof that good things come in small packages.

The diminutive 21-year-old made her Tyneside debut last night at the Metro Radio Arena with an all-round, pretty faultless performance.

Oozing confidence way beyond her years, Ms Melua was almost too on-the-button, performing a selection of songs from her chart-topping debut, Call Off The Search and the suit-following follow up, Piece by Piece without so much as an ill-placed breath.

The velvety mellow tones, which have bagged her the top spot in the number-of-sales-by-a-UK-female-artist league two years running, were flowing as she opened with Shy Boy ( a track from her latest album.

The much-talked-about Nine Million Bicycles (apparently there's some controversy surrounding her contention that "we are 12 billion lights years from the edge") followed smoothly before the subsequent catalogue of tracks showcasing her distinctive vocals across a range of blues, jazz and even rocky backdrops ( provided smashingly by a five-piece band. …

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