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Play To Win [Extra tracks]

Gabrielle Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B0001Z2REQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ten Years Time 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sometimes 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stay The Same 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You Used To Love Me 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Play To Win 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. No Big Deal 4:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Latch Key Kid 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Fallen Angel 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Give And Take 3:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. War Of Two Minds 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Picking Up The Pieces 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tumbling Down 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Gabrielle's output has never been prolific but it's always been understood that when she does release something, it'll be a gem. Sadly there is nothing on Play to Win that could compete with songs such as "Give Me a Little More Time" or "Dreams". Less soulful than the usual fare, this album brings Gabrielle's ability as a songwriter to the fore and exposes her talent for personal, introspective lyrics. However, the thoughtful (if not always catchy) songs are bogged down with typically bland and thoughtless arrangements. Acoustic guitar, piano and slide guitar plod along though the first few songs, hovering on the fine line between pleasant easy-listening and apathetic tedium.

That is not to say it's all bad--on "Sometimes" a catchy chorus starts to emerge as it does on the title track and gives the proceedings a gentle lift. A standout is "Latchkey Kid", which sounds heavily influenced by Tracy Chapman but is more akin to the Gabrielle of old. "War of Two Minds" is more soulful than folksy and begins well with Gabrielle using a greater range in her voice, yet it loses its charm when the band kicks in. Play to Win is good in the sense that it's new material from one of the UK's most successful female performers but it's unlikely to be considered one of Gabrielle's finer moments. --David Trueman

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GABRIELLE Play To Win (2004 UK Special Edition 13-track CD album including the singles Stay The Same and Ten Years Time plus hidden track Letting Go picture sleeve)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album, and what an album 21 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bought this album on recommendation without really knowing to expect. A vague notion that 'I think I liked the hit song that came looong ago...not that I would be able to recall it!'. Anyway, it didn't take me many minutes to realise that this would be more than a reminder of the friend that had said it 'wasn't bad'. It wasn't bad, true, but 'it is great' would have been an even more accurate description. Many of the songs are little gems. Going home from work today I was standing in an underground train listening to '10 years time' at full throttle, lyrics cutting like laser within and at the same time providing a musical commentary to my dreary and weary surroundings; I dare you to try it and say that it isn't a great song!). But while (most) songs will stay with you, the best thing with this album is that it is truly an ALBUM. Definitely the sum is greater than its parts and Gabrielle's just-right delivery makes for a timeless companion that I know I will return to in years to come. Like the first reviewer did I also thought it a bit bland at first listen. But much like, say, Tracy Chapman's first album or Sade's Diamond Life it grows and grows on you -- at least if you feel compelled to hit the 'repeat album' button as I did. Don't overconsume though if you are going through a rough patch in your relation and need an lift...then again, maybe that's what you should. The broken heart lyrics of some of the songs do not reek of self-pity...rather of clear-sighted sadness and time to get a grip resoluteness. So all and all a great album. Wanting more I went and bought Gabrielle's greatest hits part 1. It was nice but if 'great' rather than 'nice' is what you are looking for -- go for this her latest album. My only complaint is that the standard cd cover shot of Gabrielle, nice as she looks, signals an Anonymous Soul Effort rather than the sweet and reflective tone that permeates the album. Trust me, you are in for a real treat...Buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabrielles 2nd Greatest Hits Album 24 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
Gabrielle returned with her forth studio album last year intitled 'Play To Win'. The album includes the two singles Stay The Same and Ten Years Time, which didn't do very well, but in my opinion the best track on the album is Fallen Angel which has got number one single written all over it! Latchkey kid, The War Of Two Minds, Give & Take and the uptempo title track Play To win are also highlights on the album. If you liked Gabrielles other albums then you will love this! It is like she has released a second greatest hits album straight after the first one as there is not a bad track on this album!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin... 2 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
...after YET ANOTHER three year hiatus, Gabrielle returns Playing To Win, and if the music on this, her 4th studio album proper, is anything to go by, she'll be winning all over again with multi-platinum sales again.
Opening tracks 'Ten Years Time', 'Sometimes' and the aptly titled 'Stay The Same' show something of a lack of progression for Gabrielle, sounding very much like they could come from her 1999 album, but this isn't necessarily a criticism. 'Ten Years Time', in particular, is Gabrielle at her best. Lyrics that really rouse the spirit, an anthemic singalong chorus and clear, smooth production, making an essential future hit.
The middle section of the album brings Gabrielle into new territory however with 'You Used To Love Me', 'Play To Win' and 'No Big Deal' all heading into the realms of country music. 'Play To Win' is the stand out of this section of the album sounding like a strange combination of something Shania Twain or Tanita Tikaram might collabarate together on!
The 2nd half of the album takes a mixture of this new Dolly Parton-Gabrielle and the old Gabrielle we know and love, to give some of the best songs of her career. It's rare to see such a strong 2nd half of an album. 'Latchkey Kid' tells the tale of a six year old child being brought up in horrendous circumstances; 'Fallen Angel' is a ballad of hope for anyone who's ever lost their way; and 'Picking Up The Pieces' reminds me of the Gabrielle of 1993, with a more electronic sound than her more recent material. It's a pop song with enough hooks and tunes to make up half an album of any average singer's album; and on 'Tumbling Down', Gabrielle even gives us her subtle stance on the war in Iraq.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 3 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
So, this is "Play to win", Gabrielle's forth album.
Well...this is probably just my personal opinion, but I think that this product is absolutely excellent. It' more intense and powerful than the other albums and if you listen this one during a happy moment...you'll never forget all these songs, I can really say this.
1. Ten years time - A perfect beginning and a perfect song. One of the best song of the album. What can I say? 11/10
2. Sometimes - Also this is excellent. Is her typical style and her nice melody. 10/10
3. Stay the same - A more powerful one. Absolutely great. 11/10
4. You used to love me - Sweet and also with a really nice melody. 9/10
5. No big deal - Probably the best. Nothing to say about...11/10
6. Latchkey kid - Dramatic, but still ok. 8.5/10
7. Fallen angel - Strong and incredible, another great song 10/10
8. Give and take - Simply sweet. 10/10
9. War of two minds - Like the one before 10/10
10. Picking up the pieces - Good atmosphere...slow and intense...8.5/10
11. Tumbling down - Wonderful end. Simply wonderful 11/10!
In conclusion, this is my personal opinion about "Play to win". I love this album and I'll love forever. Thank you, Gabrielle, to have made this
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
Scruffy old and disappointing very unimpressed ,,, on it's way back as I type, will order from elsewhere in future
Published 6 months ago by Michelle Dobson
4.0 out of 5 stars Play To Win
Probably not as consistently good all the way through like her earlier stuff but still some excellent tracks and quite frankly I could just to her voice all day anyway.
Published 10 months ago by Jon H
4.0 out of 5 stars relaxing
This was deliverered promptly and does just what it says its supposed to, a good buy at a good price thanks.
Published 10 months ago by M
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, repetitive and... boring
I'm sorry but I'm afraid Gabrielle's songs sound just like the one before and the one after.
Same goes for the albums. You simply can't tell one track from the others... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2010 by Jesse CRAIGNOU
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!!
gabrielles latest album to date is probably her best to date...hard to say when the rest were just as perfect!!! Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2006 by Mr. Nathan Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Gabrielle On Top Form
Some have criticised this album for having no major 'hit' singles. I think this is unfair as 'Play To Win' is more mellow than anything Gabrielle has attempted previously. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
..if you like out of reach or any of here ballads you will love this cd. She isnt only a great singer...she wrote her own material and thats the best she could do. Read more
Published on 24 May 2004 by CoachderWirtschaft
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