Counting Down the Days - Natalie Imbruglia
Russell Degnan

Four years ago I expressed the idea that White Lilies Island would be underappreciated, because it was a mostly serious work being targeted at the wrong demographic. For the most part, Natalie Imbruglia's new album is targeted correctly. Unfortunately, while listenable, lacks depth, and is, if anything, a retreat backwards into pop sensibilities, instead of something interesting.

I'm sure part of the problem is that there are twelve different song writers and ten different producers, leaving the album with no coherency. This makes it hard to judge, because it is neither here nor there, but at least in part I like it. Because there are a few good songs; the sort that remind you of sunshine and lazy days; and because its an honest album.

Track Highlights
Shiver - Reminds me of the stuff by Tara MacLean, if anyone knows who she is. Nice chorus.
Slow Down - Whereas this reminds me of the Corrs (in their later incarnations unfortunately), but a sweet song.
Come on Home - I like the dulcimer and mandolin on what is otherwise a ballad. They give it something different.
Honeycomb Child - A more interesting track, with lots of changes, and slower. More reminiscint of the last album.

Finer Things 8th May, 2005 03:15:16   [#]