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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602517982338
  • Catalog Number: 001272002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Got No Place to Go (3:21)
  2. 2 Sweet About Me (3:22)
  3. 3 Sanctuary (3:27)
  4. 4 Einstein (3:38)
  5. 5 Save the Lies (Good to Me) (3:39)
  6. 6 Round and Round (3:39)
  7. 7 Awkward Game (3:28)
  8. 8 Cigarettes and Lies (2:51)
  9. 9 Terrifying (2:37)
  10. 10 Safer (3:24)
  11. 11 Sit in the Blues (3:22)
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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
Stuart Hawkes Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT CD!

    I hope more people take a chance and purchase this CD from someone pratically unknown. She is very talented. Great music!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great

    Loved every song on this cd, especially 'Sweet About Me' and 'Sanctuary'. Recommend to anyone who likes Joss Stone or Duffy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very talented new artist!! MUST HAVE!!

    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.<BR/>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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    Posted February 9, 2009

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