Ten

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Echoing the authentic '60s retro-soul of Amy Winehouse, Australian teen vocalist Gabriella Cilmi's breakthrough hit, "Sweet About Me," was something of a red herring, as its parent album, Lessons to Be Learned, had much more in common with the self-described "sprock" of Anastacia and the spiky inventive pop of Girls Aloud, unsurprisingly considering that their long-term producers, Xenomania, were at the helm for its entire 12 tracks. But following her appearance at Glastonbury, her support slot on James Blunt's tour down under, and interviews citing Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin as her main influences, it's a surprise that instead of being preoccupied with establishing her ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Echoing the authentic '60s retro-soul of Amy Winehouse, Australian teen vocalist Gabriella Cilmi's breakthrough hit, "Sweet About Me," was something of a red herring, as its parent album, Lessons to Be Learned, had much more in common with the self-described "sprock" of Anastacia and the spiky inventive pop of Girls Aloud, unsurprisingly considering that their long-term producers, Xenomania, were at the helm for its entire 12 tracks. But following her appearance at Glastonbury, her support slot on James Blunt's tour down under, and interviews citing Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin as her main influences, it's a surprise that instead of being preoccupied with establishing her "serious artist" credentials, her second album, Ten, is an even more commercial affair, inspired by both the Studio 54 disco sounds of the '70s and the new wave/synth pop scene of the '80s. Indeed, lead single "On a Mission," a gloriously camp retro-fueled anthem, manages to evoke the spirit of Olivia Newton-John's "Xanadu," Toni Basil's "Mickey," and the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian," all in one Hi-NRG three-minute song. It's a bold statement of intent that indicates from the offset that far from the half-expected tortured singer/songwriter vibe, Ten is only concerned with having fun. Elsewhere, Xenomania's sole contribution, "Hearts Don't Lie," is a funky bass-driven dancefloor filler that could easily have been lifted from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, "Invisible Girl" is the kind of slinky robotic synth pop Goldfrapp so cleverly revived, and "Superhot" apes the pulsating production of Donna Summer's iconic "I Feel Love." Best of all is the twinkling synth-led "Love Me Cos," which recalls the gorgeous electronic melancholy of Grace's '90s hit "Not Over Yet." The epic beats of the Dido-esque power "Defender," the gospel-fused "Let Me Know," and the laid-back sultry midtempo "Superman" offer a respite from the party atmosphere, but as competent as they are, Ten is much more interesting when Cilmi unleashes her previously hidden disco diva tendencies. If her aim was to distance herself from the albatross of "Sweet About Me," this unexpected and convincing career re-invention might just do the trick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602527318844
  • Catalog Number: 2731884
  • Sales rank: 270,377

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On a Mission (3:02)
  2. 2 Hearts Don't Lie (4:04)
  3. 3 What If You Knew (2:41)
  4. 4 Love Me Cos (4:20)
  5. 5 Defender (3:43)
  6. 6 Robots (4:01)
  7. 7 Superhot (3:37)
  8. 8 Boys (3:50)
  9. 9 Invisible Girl (3:34)
  10. 10 Glue (4:18)
  11. 11 Let Me Know (3:31)
  12. 12 Superman (3:42)
  13. 13 Sweet About Me (3:26)
  14. 14 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gabriella Cilmi Primary Artist, Vocals
Nick Coler Guitar, Keyboards, Xylophone
Mark Feltham Harmonica
Greg Kurstin Bass, Guitar, Drums
Tony Reyes Guitar
Brian Higgins Keyboards, Xylophone
Ian Masterson Keyboards
Marc Parnell Drums
Jon Mills Bass, Guitar
Chris Potts Vocals
Chris Worsey Cello
Fred Falke Keyboards
Greg Fleming Keyboards
Mitch Stevens Vocals
Jon Shave Keyboards
Joe Holweger Guitar
Alice Smith Background Vocals
Jason Pebworth Keyboards
George Astasio Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
ACM Gospel Choir Vocals
Laura Miller Vocals
Owen Parker Guitar, Keyboards
Tim Larcombe Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Tim Powell Keyboards
Oliver Langford Viola
Joelle Moses Background Vocals
Christine Gudgin Vocals
Robekah Allen Violin
Joanna Breheny Vocals
Nick Squlies Cello
James Eraise Vocals
Rikki Ancell Vocals
Natalie Hamson Vocals
Mariatu Conieh Vocals
Charlotte Hamson Vocals
Paul Flumphies Vocals
Sara Roboto Vocals
Freyja Sculpher Vocals
Beanie Bhebhe Keyboards
Henry Bowers-Broadbent Keyboards
Felicity Nunn Vocals
Jason Resen Guitar
Natalles Palmer Vocals
Max Balley Violin
Aldan Neeson Keyboards
Jenny Gibbons Vocals
Ed Whicher Vocals
Amy Eltekhail Vocals
Emily Lambros Vocals
Jason Rosch Guitar
Kleren Jones Bass
Adam Coney Guitar
Rachel Alderson Vocals
George Mason Vocals
Adam Walls Vocals
Zion Desta Wilson Vocals
Technical Credits
Dallas Austin Composer, Producer
Nick Coler Programming
Greg Kurstin Composer, Programming, Producer
Rick Sheppard Engineer
Dick Beetham Mastering
Nick Clow Composer
Brian Higgins Composer, Programming, Producer
Ian Masterson Composer, Programming, Producer
The Invisible Man Producer
Lucy Shaw String Arrangements
Luciana Caporaso Composer
Jon Mills Engineer
Timothy Powell Composer
Xenomania Composer, Producer
Fred Falke Additional Production
Greg Fleming Programming, Engineer
Jon Shave Composer, Programming
Miranda Cooper Composer
Jason Pebworth Composer, Programming
George Astasio Composer, Programming
Nicholas John Composer
Gabriella Cilmi Composer, Producer
Justin Griffiths Composer
Rita Ora Composer
Owen Parker Composer, Programming
Ellie Goulding Composer
Tim Larcombe Composer, Programming
Mike Boddy Engineer
Tim Powell Composer, Programming
Tinashé Additional Production
Oli Davies Additional Production
Spencer Dewing Engineer
James Bourine Composer
Beanie Bhebhe Programming
Henry Bowers-Broadbent Programming, Engineer
Aldan Neeson Programming
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