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Review: Katie Melua achieves ethereal beauty on new album

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This cover image released by BMG shows “Album No. 8” by Katie Melua. (BMG via AP)

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Katie Melua, “Album No. 8″ (BMG)

Katie Melua sings as though she’s sharing a secret, which is what makes her music so inviting.

Born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Melua lives in the United Kingdom and is more popular there than in the United States. Perhaps that’s because she rarely raises her voice, but on “Album No. 8,” she really doesn’t need to.

Her affecting, arresting alto stamps the set’s 10 original songs with an ethereal beauty that’s immediately ear-catching. When Melua begins by singing “I’m taken in,” she’s describing her audience.

The Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra provides support, with lovely arrangements by producer Leo Abrahams. As strings swirl and bloom, Melua is also accompanied by guitar, piano, organ, saxophone, bass and drums in various combinations that never spoil the intimate mood.

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Nail Katie Holmes’ ’90s Style With These 9 Nostalgic Sweatshirts

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Katie Holmes takes a walk in NYC on September 24. Richard Harbus/MEGA

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Our favorite place to look for style inspiration? Celebrities, of course! It’s not just about what they wear on the red carpet — their off-duty outfits are always equally as interesting (and easier to channel in our everyday lives). There’s nothing we love more than a series of glamorous paparazzi shots!

Katie Holmes, a forever fashion icon, has been a particular flashbulbs fixture as of late, routinely popping up in downtown New York City clad in some seriously chic ensembles. They’re not all high-end designer pieces from Paris, though — her classic Gap sweatshirt instantly caught our eye and led Us down a quest to find similar items with a nostalgic feel. That’s why we rounded up nine vintage-inspired sweatshirts

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