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Lessons To Be Learned [CD]

Gabriella Cilmi Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Gabriella Cilmi (pronounced “chill me”) has always taken luck into her own hands. “When I was little, I would cut one piece off a three-leaf clover and put it on another to make a four-leaf clover,” the Melbourne, Australia, native says. So, it’s fitting that her debut album, Lessons to be Learned, will be released on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2009, in ... Read more in Amazon's Gabriella Cilmi Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B001H6I54O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Save The Lies
2. Sweet About Me
3. Sanctuary
4. Einstein
5. Got No Place To Go
6. Don't Wanna Go To Bed Now
7. Messy
8. Awkward Game
9. Safer
10. Cigarettes And Lies
11. Terrifying
12. Sit In The Blues
13. Sweet About Me
14. Cry Me A River
15. Round and Round
16. Echo Beach
17. Warm This Winter

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BBC Review

Gabriella Cilmi is a 16-year-old Australian who's already made a considerable mark with her appearance on Later... with Jools and the single Sweet About Me, where she tramps all over her own 'nice girl' image. Add to this support slots with Rufus Wainwright and Nouvelle Vague and various soundtrack appearances and it seems that Island records are saying they've found yet another 'soul' diva with a voice that's experienced way beyond her tender years. Doesn't it all sound a little too familiar?

But it really seems unfair to deny the talent on display here. The writing (usually shared between Gabriella and her production team) is sound and varied enough to keep you listening. The persona projected is suitably feisty, which suits her delivery. Only her attempt at the Martha and the Muffins classic, Echo Beach (recorded as the theme tune to the tv soap, and included here as a bonus) is best glossed over. In fact that's the best way to describe it, coming as it does with a gloss so high that it ceases to exist. Or maybe it's just uptempo numbers that she can't yet deal with. Terrifying is also a little hamfisted. She's best on the sultry 'classic soul'-styled numbers like Sanctuary or Safer. The production by Xenomania (Girls Aloud, Sugababes etc) is bright and bolshy - leaving plenty of space to let the impressive voice do its stuff. Cigarettes And Lies in particular is pitched just right with its scratchy blues-driven hooks.

The trouble may be in the timing. The voice is undoubtedly phenomenal. But blindfold someone and play them this back to back with Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Duffy and even Anastacia and they'll start to be a little confused. As is the way with a creative arena that's also an industry, labels are unimaginative in trying to force feed us too much of something a little too formulaic. This is a shame, for you sense that somewhere inside all this is a true talent and identity longing to escape, but being generically groomed to the point of extinction. If her management and record company could leave her alone for two or three years (and a real band of her own) this teenager may well become a force to reckon with. --Chris Jones

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant: A Star Is Born ! 29 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
Lucky to have stumbled upon Gabriella when i took my daughter to see the Sugababes recently. She just blew me away with a fantastic live performance and the album is no disappointment with a mixture of great "rock chick" songs and songs Amy Winehouse would be proud of,and all at the age of 16,unbeleivable.
This girl should be a big star soon and quite frankly she deserves everything that comes her way.
So if your thinking about buying this album just go for it,you will not be disapointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 18 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Amazing! This deserves to be one of the biggest selling albums of 2008. This CD makes you grin. It blazes like your own personal chunk of sunshine. From the instantly likeable `Sweet About Me' through a whole range of brilliantly produced gotta-be-hits, `Lessons To Be Learned' is almost entirely brilliant.

With lyrics that range from catchy-cute to curiously comical ("There's a caterpillar in my soul"!), performed by that engaging, amazing, unique vocal talent, this collection just makes you keep going back - and you can't help but nudge that volume control higher and higher each time...

Personal favourites after first few hearings - `Don't Want To Go To Bed Now' and `Got No Place To Go'. But this is packed full of gems that might take my `favourite' place the more I listen.

Do yourself a favour - get this album - put Gabriella Cilmi on your i-pod - then lie back all summer with the volume full blast and put a caterpillar in your soul!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic first Album !!!! 1 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Too be perfectly honest, if this girl does not get acclaim real soon it'll be proof that the Music industry is truly fixed!!!! Seriously this is a very good album. A terrific voice bounces out of some very admirable music rifts. Not seen her live yet, but would think she has got something new to offer a somewhat drab pop rock industry at the moment IMO! Only 16 hmmmm doesn't seem possible but so what, the girl can sing and should be top dollar!! Do yourselves a favour and just buy the album, you won't regret it. There are some very catchy tunes inside!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS WILL BE HUGE 20 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to be given a 6 track sampler EP (work in radio in Australia) and this album will be huge, she is brilliant, great song writing, catchy tracks, cannot wait to hear the finished product and can't believe she is only 16. Anyway this girl deserves any and all success that comes her way, haven't been this excited about a new artist since I don't remember, all hail Gabriella hehe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great start ! 17 Jan 2009
Format:MP3 Download
This is my first comment on Amazon reviewing an album and I cant believe how much pretentious garbage people are willing to say about a CD!!

It's a "pop" album from a very talented newcomer. What do people expect ?
This album is full of catchy happy songs ! What is wrong with that ?
I seriously think that some of these "reviewers" need to chill out a bit more and enjoy life !!

Get it ..its great !!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars [] Lessons To Be Learned 30 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Yet again, another songtress bringing back soul into their music and if im honest its not do as effectively on this album has it has on others (amy winehouse, duffy) but apart from this, i do like this album and i like the crossover effects of her songs and they work so well.

not my favourite album this year from this kind of artist but definately worth a mention as there is some good songs on the album.

stand out tracks =

sweet about me
awkward game
cigarettes and lies
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Baby Baby ! 27 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant album.
This just gets played over and over.
Tremendous delivery and various musical influences.
A great mix.
This is good.
Go on Buy It.Pure music.
PS Listen to the new revamped CD single.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut 2 May 2008
By I. H. C. Mellor VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first saw Gabriella on 'Later with Jools Holland' and I was very impressed. I bought the album and I am still very impressed. An excellent debut album. The songs are easy to listen to, sung well and the production is spot on. I look forward to hearing more from her in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bright bubbly music. Very cheering
Published 1 day ago by D. V. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Energetic Album
There isn's a single bad song on this collection and the highlights are too many to mention them all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Syder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Gabriella has a great voice. Nothing sweet about me has to be one of the great tracks of all time and I love it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ian Divers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is just one of those excellent albums with some timeless singles on it, her voice is just gorgeous and a must have for your music collection.
Published 23 months ago by brother
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service
Wanted the track that accompanies the COOP ad.(Warm This Winter), on TV, due to being able to listen to each track on this CD, on Amazon, found it and am very happy with my... Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2010 by Old Original
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good first album.
Gabriella Cilmi is a very talented young Australian singer/songwriter. She is surprisingly mature for her tender years and has performed at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2010 by Janet O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This album has a really variety of great, catchy songs. I love Gabriella Cilmi's music, and this album reminds me of summer!
Published on 29 Mar 2009 by taylzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons to be learned
Wow what a fantastic album. I only learned of Gabriella through a TV ad and have loved her music ever since! Even if her name took a bit of getting used to! Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2009 by Mrs. E. C. Rowse
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, shame about the spelling and punctuation
I've just bought this album. I enjoyed the tracks but was irritated by the huge number of basic punctuation and spelling errors in the lyrics leaflet accompanying the CD. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2009 by KRP
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to listen to...
Music that doesn't give any lasting impression. Overall it is good tunes. Easy to listen to and well arranged. Sadly not many tracks stand out or have their own identity. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2009 by C. RUDIN
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