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Album Review

Expectations for Natalie Imbruglia's debut album, Left of the Middle, were high because of the runaway success of the pre-album single "Torn" during 1997-1998. Fans of the single will be pleased to hear that the album is quite similar in approach and sound to the breakthrough single: laid-back alt-pop with sweetly melodic vocals. Admittedly, some of the material will be seen as pop fluff by certain listeners, but fans of popular latter-day female artists like Paula Cole, Sheryl Crow, and Meredith Brooks will find Imbruglia's debut most enjoyable. What separates Imbruglia from the aforementioned artists is her willingness to experiment with electronic sounds, no doubt courtesy of mixer Nigel Godrich (of Radiohead fame), which can be heard on such tracks as "Smoke." "Torn" proves to be the best song on the album, with its bouncy acoustic feel, but the pop/rocker "Big Mistake" is almost as good. Not all of the material on Left of the Middle fares as well, however, such as the Alanis Morissette sound-alike "Intuition," but Imbruglia need not worry about being lumped into the copycat category; for the most part, she has a style all her own.

Customer Reviews

Great Rookie Album!

First of all, to all of you who are just buying TORN, I can not stress enough how that is not even close to her best song, while it is a very good song just about every song on the second album is better and the third is even better. Now, I remember listening to this album all the time, and every song is good, and at the time I couldn't think how it could get any better. That is until the second album came out. That is the reason for the 4 stars. I strongly recommend buy this entire album (and not just Torn) I suggest you get the second one as well. You will love it. She has more talent in her little finger than any of these "American Idol" so called artists have. Note: don't mind the bad sentence structure, it's been a long day!


As much as I love this song, I don't think it's right for her voice. Maybe it would sound better with a young, deep, rusty type voice singing it, or maybe 5 of them! And maybe they can be from the UK! And be from X-Factor! And one can be Irish! And another can have really curly hair! And another can call himself the 'Bradford bad boy'! And one who likes girls who eat carrots! And one can be the sensible one! But I'm getting ahead of myself, that's not going to happen...

Original is best!!

This song holds the radio airplay record for the whole of the 1990's. That's how good THIS version is. Manufactured boy band fans should leave comments elsewhere. Incidentally, in 2004 she was also voted the sixth most naturally beautiful woman of all time. A great voice and beautiful too.


Born: February 4, 1975 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australi

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Natalie Imbruglia first entered the spotlight when she starred as Beth Brennan on the Australian soap opera Neighbours in the early '90s, but she became an international star in 1997 when her cover of Ednaswap's "Torn" turned into a worldwide smash. Imbruglia's version is a cornerstone of adult alternative rock, a song whose sensibility is somewhat left of center but whose pretty execution is straight down the middle. Although she didn't manage to land a follow-up of equal magnitude in the United...
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