White Lilies Island - Natalie Imbruglia
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  • Summary: Natalie Imbruglia's second album is a follow-up to her 1998 international hit debut, 'Left Of The Middle.' Ian Stanley and Pascal Gabriel are among the producers working on this disc.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. One can sense that she has complete control, lyrically and musically.
  2. 'White Lilies Island' sees Imbruglia free herself from the Alanis Morissette-clone image that you sense was very much forced last time around and actually manage to carve out an identity, both in her vocals and as a personality.
  3. Despite Imbruglia's big, pouty voice, it's all perfectly pleasant and quickly forgotten.
  4. Imbruglia's delicate, sweet and well-behaved singing isn't the ideal vehicle for expressing angst, even if most of these minor-chord, gray-skies anthems seem to be yearning to do just that.
  5. Not everything about Imbruglia’s second album is as bad as most critics would like to make it.
  6. 40
    The album runs out of steam halfway through as the songs become over-reliant on the production and Nat veers off into Dido territory. [Dec 2001, p.106]
  7. There's an overwhelming tinny ring that starts on the second track, "Beauty on the Fire," and ends with the last track--it's this young possum's voice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Nov 6, 2013
    Beautiful album. It has a very personal style, its content, which makes it unique. Just great. Natalie definitely your best album is this who is not far behind the "Left of the middle" on some tracks even surpasses the quality of the previous album. Expand
  2. DineshP
    Jul 19, 2006
    Lovely easy listening.
  3. MichaelL.
    Sep 24, 2007
    Simply amazing. This is an album that grows on you. The critics obviously were quick to write Natalie off as a one hit wonder and did not listen to this disk properly. Criminally underrated. Beauty On The Fire is one of the finest songs ever made. Period. Expand
  4. LisaB.
    Mar 26, 2002
    A more introspective album than "Left Of The Middle." Natalie's voice is warm and clear. Good songwriting. My favorite songs are "Everything Goes" and "Hurricane". It's a solid CD. Expand
  5. BrianN.
    Aug 14, 2007
    huge letdown from her unbelievable debut.
  6. RobertW.
    Mar 10, 2002
    Starts poorly and improves after the dreadful first three tracks. Hits the hights with "Everything Goes". Good, uncomplicated pop in places; terrible, cloying, shallow pop in others. Expand
  7. tomk
    Oct 22, 2003
    need I say more.

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