Counting Down the Days

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Arguably the best of the plethora of soap stars turned pop stars, Natalie Imbruglia appears to have performed a rather frustrating musical U-turn for her third album. Whereas her difficult but underrated sophomore effort understandably attempted to break away from the commercial acoustic pop sound that saw "Torn" become one of the biggest singles of the '90s, Counting Down the Days actively embraces it. Whether this is a conscious decision to rekindle her former multi-platinum transatlantic success, or whether Imbruglia is just in a happier songwriting frame of mind, it's still a confusing and disappointing change in direction. For all the bittersweet melancholy and dark ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Arguably the best of the plethora of soap stars turned pop stars, Natalie Imbruglia appears to have performed a rather frustrating musical U-turn for her third album. Whereas her difficult but underrated sophomore effort understandably attempted to break away from the commercial acoustic pop sound that saw "Torn" become one of the biggest singles of the '90s, Counting Down the Days actively embraces it. Whether this is a conscious decision to rekindle her former multi-platinum transatlantic success, or whether Imbruglia is just in a happier songwriting frame of mind, it's still a confusing and disappointing change in direction. For all the bittersweet melancholy and dark undertones of White Lilies Island suggested an interesting career ahead, yet only on a few occasions does Counting Down the Days veer into this territory. Instead, the majority is made up of fairly inoffensive radio-friendly pop songs such as opener "Starting Today" and the Eg White-produced "Perfectly," both of which are little more than "Torn" Mark Two. Even the presence of husband Daniel Johns, formerly of grunge outfit Silverchair, on production duties, can't save the Beatlesque "Satisfied" from lapsing into blandness. But when Imbruglia is allowed to stray from this formula, she excels. "Shiver" is a charming and obvious lead single fully worthy of its huge airplay success; the title track with its chiming bells sounds like a lost Christmas classic, and the brooding "Come on Home," with its chorus of "we can fall apart together" effortlessly manages to pull at the heartstrings. And as an artist, Imbruglia has never sounded better. The breathy Alanis imitations of her debut have now been replaced by understated but self-assured vocals that are able to convey intensity and warmth in equal measures. None more so than on the album's highlight, the Björk-influenced "Honeycomb Child." With its enchanting mix of music boxes, violins, and electronica, it sounds like it appeared from a different record entirely and is proof that Imbruglia can pull off edgier material when she wants to. Counting Down the Days will undoubtedly be a commercial success but its play-it-safe attitude undoes some of the good work done by its predecessor. A few more risks next time wouldn't go amiss.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828766796728
  • Catalog Number: 667967

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Starting Today (2:56)
  2. 2 Shiver (3:44)
  3. 3 Satisfied (3:30)
  4. 4 Counting Down the Days (4:09)
  5. 5 I Won't Be Lost (3:53)
  6. 6 Slow Down (3:32)
  7. 7 Sanctuary (3:09)
  8. 8 Perfectly (3:24)
  9. 9 On the Run (3:38)
  10. 10 Come on Home (3:55)
  11. 11 When You're Sleeping (3:07)
  12. 12 Honeycomb Child (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Imbruglia Primary Artist
Gary Clark Guitar, Strings
Pete Davis Keyboards
Geoff Dugmore Drums
Martin Harrington Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Drusilla Harris Violin
Sally Herbert Strings
Steve Lipson Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards
Chuck Sabo Drums
Danton Supple Egg Shaker
John Themis Acoustic Guitar
Ben Hillier Dulcimer, Piano
Ash Howes Bass, Keyboards
Paul Mac Piano, Keyboards
Daniel Johns Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Dickerson Piano, Keyboards
Alison Clark Background Vocals
Rick Wilson Guitar
Richard Jones Bass
Rheinallt Ap Gwynedd Bass
Seton Daunt Guitar
Kim Moyes Drums, Glockenspiel
David Kosten Keyboards
Peredur ap Gwynedd Guitar
John Greswell Mandolin
James Haselwood Bass
Katch Koffee Background Vocals
Kenny Dickenson Piano, Keyboards
Julian Hamilton Keyboards
Petra Jean Phillipson Background Vocals
John Sundry Guitar
Stephen Lipson Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards
Neil Taylor Guitar
Technical Credits
G. Clark Composer
Gary Clark Producer, Engineer
Pete Davis Programming
Martin Harrington Composer, Producer
Steve Lipson Programming, Producer
Heff Moraes Engineer
Steve Robson Composer
Ian Stanley Producer
Danton Supple Engineer
John Themis Instrumentation
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Ben Hillier Producer
Ash Howes Composer, Producer
John Dunne Programming
Natalie Imbruglia Composer
Paul Mac Producer
Daniel Johns Producer
Chris Rown Engineer
Shep Solomon Composer
Keith Uddin Engineer
Anton Hagop Engineer
Reece Gilmore Digital Editing
David Kosten Composer, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, keyboard arrangements
Matt Prime Composer
F. White Composer
Stephen Lipson Programming, Producer
Chris Brown Engineer
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