Four years in the music industry can make a huge difference. The ever changing pace can be cruel to some artists, leaving them behind as they try to keep up with their next album release.
So when Natalie Imbruglia's name faded, the short hair and tom boy chick just a reminiscant of pop past, suddenly she's back, with a new look, new style and new direction.
And was she left behind, like all the other artists? No. In fact, it's the opposite, she's grown, matured and geared up for one of the best album releases of the year.
A four year gap has given Imbruglia a stronger direction, a much more definitive sound. Whilst Left Of The Middle road a wave of angst, pain, and sorrow, it lacked confidence. Imbruglia, in these past years, has not only found the confidence, she's found a style. A style which she can call her own, a style in which she's embraced beautifully. From the rising bud of a beautiful songtress, came a beautiful lily. A white lily, or to be more exact, White Lilies Island, the name of her second album.
Although her style isn't directed in one way, it gives a perfect mix of indie and rock collaborations. A guitar driven, band sounding heartfelt album with collaborations once again from Phil Thornally (Torn) and many new artists which weren't featured on Left Of The Middle.
No longer screaming how she's torn, shamed or lying naked on the floor, she now opens up with words like sad, scared, small, alone. Beautiful. The very diversity of the album geared towards emotional set backs of the born again star. Each song works beautifully with lyrics and sound, and written by Imbruglia herself, capturing the pain of loss, the cliche that is love, from her own life experiences. And now she's grown, matured, and enraptured it all with her album.