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Lessons to Be Learned
     

Lessons to Be Learned

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by Gabriella Cilmi
 

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U.K.-based Australian teenager Gabriella Cilmi released her debut album at the end of March 2008 to critical acclaim but not much public notice. However, as is often the case, word of mouth spread slowly and the album built into a Top Ten hit as more people discovered it. Having co-written all of the tracks with the production team of Xenomania<

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U.K.-based Australian teenager Gabriella Cilmi released her debut album at the end of March 2008 to critical acclaim but not much public notice. However, as is often the case, word of mouth spread slowly and the album built into a Top Ten hit as more people discovered it. Having co-written all of the tracks with the production team of Xenomania (the team behind Girls Aloud and the Sugababes, with whom she had just finished touring) Gabriella Cilmi delivered a confident album with styles varying from Eurovision pop-disco ("Messy," "Don't Wanna Go to Bed Now," and "Save the Lies") to cool 1950s swing jazz ("Awkward Lies" and the first single to be taken from the album, "Sweet About Me"), 1960s girl group pop ("Got No Place to Go"), and a few ballads ("Einstein," "Safer," and "Sit in the Blues"). The album closed with the only cover version, a faithful reproduction of Martha & the Muffins' "Echo Beach," which appeared on the U.K. version only. A good debut album, but it had all been heard before, many times in a crowded market, with her voice sounding like a cross between Anastacia and Joss Stone (particularly on opening track "Save the Lies," which also had a Kylie Minogue-style backing track). In particular, the recent albums by Duffy and Adele were brought to mind, with Cilmi sounding quite like Duffy on the song "Sanctuary" and therefore also evoking memories of Dusty Springfield -- not a bad thing, once again, but Duffy did it a couple of months before.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2009
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602517982338
catalogNumber:
001272002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gabriella Cilmi   Primary Artist
Paul Stanley   Keyboards
Bobby Bradley   Guitar
Nick Coler   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Xylophone,Vibes
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Toby Scott   Guitar,Keyboards
Brian Higgins   Keyboards,Xylophone,Vibes
Shawn Lee   Guitar
Marc Parnell   Drums
Tim Powell   Bass,Keyboards
Jamie Morrison   Drums
Tim "Rolf" Larcombe   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Mike Christer   Guitar
Dan Tobin Smith   Guitar
Miranda Cooper   Keyboards
Jason Pebworth   Keyboards
George Astasio   Guitar
Kieran Jones   Bass
Owen Parker   Guitar,Drums
Jason Resch   Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul Stanley   Composer,Programming
Bobby Bradley   Composer
Nick Coler   Composer,Programming
Pete Wiggs   Composer
Brian Higgins   Composer,Programming,Producer
Crispin Hunt   Composer
Shawn Lee   Composer
Tim Powell   Composer,Programming
Xenomania   Composer
Geeky   Composer
Tim "Rolf" Larcombe   Composer,Programming
Matt Grey   Programming
Mike Christer   Composer
Miranda Cooper   Composer,Programming
Jason Pebworth   Programming
Gabriella Cilmi   Composer

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Lessons to Be Learned 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope more people take a chance and purchase this CD from someone pratically unknown. She is very talented. Great music!!!
twilight-MI More than 1 year ago
Loved every song on this cd, especially 'Sweet About Me' and 'Sanctuary'. Recommend to anyone who likes Joss Stone or Duffy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, I cannot believe what an amazing voice Gabriella has...considering the fact that she is only 17. The combination of her voice, lyrics, and music are just phenomenal. This girl is going to be huge!!! You'll LOVEEEE this album, seriously, buy it!!! you wont regret it.
and if you're like me you'll be surprised at how you've lived your life without her music. The album is a great combination of pop and alternative...every single song is a hit.
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