Secret Symphony

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Secret Symphony
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Studio album by Katie Melua
Released 5 March 2012
Genre
Length 37:32
Label Dramatico
Producer Mike Batt
Katie Melua chronology
The House
(2010)
Secret Symphony
(2012)
Ketevan
(2013)
Singles from Secret Symphony
  1. "Gold in them Hills"
    Released: 11 November 2011
  2. "The Bit That I Don't Get"
    Released: 10 February 2012
  3. "Better Than a Dream"
    Released: 9 March 2012
  4. "Moonshine"
    Released: 4 June 2012
  5. "The Walls of the World"
    Released: 17 September 2012
  6. "Forgetting All My Troubles"
    Released: 3 December 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating

Secret Symphony is the fifth studio album by singer-songwriter Katie Melua, and was released on 5 March 2012.[1] The album was recorded at Air Studios in London in collaboration with orchestrator and conductor Mike Batt.

Melua said in a statement: "This album was going to be my 'singer's album'. I had always wanted to do this one day; singing other people's songs brings something out of you and your voice that isn't perhaps where you would have gone vocally with your own material."

She added: "It stretches you. As it happened Mike and I did write a couple of new ones, but the general idea was to find songs by great writers such as Ron Sexsmith ('Gold In Them Hills') and a favourite song of mine, originally recorded by Bonnie Raitt ('Too Long At The Fair') plus some more well-known ones like Keeping The Dream Alive."

The lead single, "Better Than a Dream", and the track "Walls of the World" were both originally recorded by Melua's longtime collaborator Mike Batt, for the TV series The Dreamstone and his 1977 solo album Schizophonia[2] respectively.

The record serves as the follow-up to Melua's 2010 album The House, which reached number four on the UK album chart. Musicperk.com rated the album 9/10. [3]

A "Special Bonus Edition" of the album has also been released. It consists of the album, four extra track dubbed "The Secret Sessions" and a second cd containing a live album: "Live In Berlin". [4][5]

Track listing[edit]

Standard listing[6]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gold in them Hills"   Ron Sexsmith 3:31
2. "Better Than a Dream"   Mike Batt 3:10
3. "The Bit That I Don't Get"   Batt 3:12
4. "Moonshine"   Francis Healy 2:41
5. "Forgetting All My Troubles"   Melua 3:22
6. "All Over the World"   Françoise Hardy 2:56
7. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"   Jimmy Cox 4:33
8. "The Cry of the Lone Wolf"   Melua, Batt 3:59
9. "Heartstrings"   Melua, Batt 2:53
10. "The Walls of the World"   Batt 3:25
11. "Secret Symphony"   Batt 3:51


Special Bonus Edition[7]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gold in them Hills"   Ron Sexsmith 3:31
2. "Better Than a Dream"   Mike Batt 3:10
3. "The Bit That I Don't Get"   Batt 3:12
4. "Moonshine"   Francis Healy 2:41
5. "Forgetting All My Troubles"   Melua 3:22
6. "All Over the World"   Françoise Hardy 2:56
7. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"   Jimmy Cox 4:33
8. "The Cry of the Lone Wolf"   Melua, Batt 3:59
9. "Heartstrings"   Melua, Batt 2:53
10. "The Walls of the World"   Batt 3:25
11. "Secret Symphony"   Batt 3:51
12. "Feels Like Home (The Secret Sessions)"   Randy Newman 4:50
13. "Too Long At The Fair (The Secret Sessions)"   Joel Zoss 3:06
14. "Love Me Tender (The Secret Sessions)"   Elvis Presley/Vera Matson 3:14
15. "It's Over (The Secret Sessions)"   Roy Orbison/Bill Dees 3:20
Cd 2: Live in Berlin

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at #8 with 19,071 copies sold in its first week.[8]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Dave Sleger. "Schizophonia - Mike Batt | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Secret Symphony - Katie Melua | Musicperk - Trending news, analysis, reviews, ratings and exclusive content for music". Musicperk.com. 2016-06-04. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  4. ^ Katie Melua. "Secret Symphony Bonus Edition by Katie Melua". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Katie Melua - Secret Symphony (Special Bonus Edition) (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Secret Symphony: Katie Melua: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  7. ^ "Secret Symphony (Special Bonus Edition): Katie Melua: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
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  21. ^ "Danish album certifications – Katie Melua – Secret Symphony". IFPI Denmark.  Click on næste to go to page if certification from official website
  22. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Katie Melua; 'Secret Symphony')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  23. ^ "Polish album certifications – Katie Melua – Secret Symphony" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Katie Melua – Secret Symphony". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Secret Symphony in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search