Left of the Middleby Natalie Imbruglia
Expectations for Natalie Imbruglia's debut album, Left of the Middle, were high because of the runaway success of the pre-album single "Torn" during 1997-1998. Fans of the single will be pleased to hear that the album is quite similar in approach and sound to the breakthrough single: laid-back alt-pop with sweetly melodic vocals. Admittedly, some of the material will be seen as pop fluff by certain listeners, but fans of popular latter-day female artists like Paula Cole, Sheryl Crow, and Meredith Brooks will find Imbruglia's debut most enjoyable. What separates Imbruglia from the aforementioned artists is her willingness to experiment with electronic sounds, no doubt courtesy of mixer Nigel Godrich (of Radiohead fame), which can be heard on such tracks as "Smoke." "Torn" proves to be the best song on the album, with its bouncy acoustic feel, but the pop
ocker "Big Mistake" is almost as good. Not all of the material on Left of the Middle fares as well, however, such as the Alanis Morissette sound-alike "Intuition," but Imbruglia need not worry about being lumped into the copycat category; for the most part, she has a style all her own.
- Release Date:
- Sony Australia
Performance CreditsNatalie Imbruglia Primary Artist
Chuck Sabo Drums
Technical CreditsPhil Thornalley Composer,Producer
Mark Goldenberg Producer
Matt Bronleewe Producer
Andy Wright Producer
Natalie Imbruglia Composer
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This is one of the best cds that I own. Every song is well done, The music is wonderful and theres a good mix of songs for different ''moods''. I would have gotten this cd way sooner if i had know about it more. I found out about this CD from a music video of smoke and i thought that would be my fav song but the best is probably city or impressed or all of them... ^^
This is the best CD I own. The music is on going. All the songs are my favorite!!!
I bought this CD when it first came out not knowing that I was buying life! Since then, everytime I have hardships, I put this cd in and I get the courage to stand up again. This CD has helped convince me out of suicide many times and shown me that I should value my life. Because of Natalie Imbruglia, I no longer suffer from the depressing state that I once lived in. I recomend this CD to every single person wheather they like country, heavy metal, or classical, this CD is perfect. Thank you Natalie.
This CD is amazing. Natalie somehow mixes rock, soft melodies, and electronically backgrounded songs into one painfully perfect CD that seems to attack the common pop-music idea that everything is fine and well in the world. I love it because it echoes so well with a lot of what I feel so often, and the lyrics are crafted to fit that self-same mood. I give it 5 stars :D