Natalie Imbruglia – Male – Album Review

Posted on 30/09/2017 by Olivia Fey
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Natalie Imbruglia Male Album

Hello, Nathalie! She is back. After a break of six years from the music industry, the Australian singer-songwriter, model, actress, Grammy Nominee (no less!), sweet crooner and general superwoman extraordinaire, released a new album that is called Male. Why? Because every song on this cover album has previously been recorded by a male artist or band and focuses on love and relationships.

Who does not remember “Torn”, her first international single and still her biggest hit to this date, and “Shiver”, another one in the long list of her international successes?

Natalie Imbruglia was very young when she started her career in the entertainment industry by doing commercials and modeling. She quickly achieved stardom in Australia and starred in the sitcom Neighbours. In 1997 she took the music industry by storm with her debut album, Left of the Middle, featuring “Torn”. Over six million copies of the album were sold and Natalie nominated for the Grammy three times. To this day, Left of the Middle, is still the highest selling debut album by a Pop/Rock/Alternative artist.

Now la belle with the beautiful voice is back revealing more melodic, folky and sultry facets. A fresh, delicate Australian breeze that fans all over the world were waiting for. Speaking of “The Waiting” is one of the tracks on the album. Originally by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, this upbeat Bluegrass/Country song featuring harmonica and banjos is about hope and waiting for the perfect match.

Male takes us on a journey of love and longing, separation, heart-ache and healing that reflects Natalie’s own process of dealing with her divorce from Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns.

Natalie Imbruglia Male

Starting the album with “Instant Crush”, originally by Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas, she lets us dive deep down into a troubled relationship. “The Summer” is a tribute to that great time of the year and projects the listener poolside, maybe enjoying a barbecue with friends. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” literally warms your heart with its simple, velvety melody. Her interpretation of “I melt with you” by Modern English and “Let my love open the door” by Pete Townshend are both leaning towards pop rock.

We get a real Australian desert medley presented with her version of “Friday I’m in Love”, originally by the Cure. “Goodbye in His Eyes” will resonate with everyone who once went through an emotional break-up.

Despite its name, the album is sensitive, if not sensual, and very feminine. All the featured songs are lesser known tunes from popular artists that perfectly fit the theme. Natalie Imbruglia’s rendition of every song is beautiful. Male is a very well produced album. If you are a fan, you will find it surprising and touching. Tune it!

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