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Australian singer, Gabriella Cilmi, famous for 2008 single, "Sweet about Me" has released new album "Ten" with some massive changes. The previous album "Lessons to be Learned" launched her early career and music critics quickly compared her to the likes of Amy Winehouse. Vocally there are some similarities, but this album is far more disco than anything Winehouse has produced. The album "Ten" is a disco electric inspired record that's embedded with sassy lyrics and one heck of a powerful voice.
There are a couple of ballads on "Ten", which slow the tempo down somewhat in what is otherwise an up-tempo ride of tunes. The album kicks off with the first released single "On a Mission" and it's clear from the self-assured start that Gabriella is not giving up on her objective of making an impact musically, it is both catchy and motivational. If you are a big fan of the song, it is not the best on the album and there are even better tracks. "Hearts Don't Lie" is another stomper with Gabriella singing low key and then moving furiously into disco. The vocals are incredible and should please critics who believe Gabriella's unique voice has simply got lost in the music. "What if you Knew" explores the dilemma of falling in love with your best friend and is a lush sounding 80's dance ballad. It has a well crafted interlude and works like a dream, it is a standout on the album. "Love me cos you want to", is a classic sad love song with soft vocals and a stunning fade out.
"Defender" slows things down and we take a break from relentless disco. It has an old vintage sound and although listenable, tends to lull a bit. "Robots" is an interesting concept for a love song and one that eradicates flawed human dispositions in favour of electric love and programmable kisses. The lyrics "rebuilt with no mistakes, steel heart that never breaks," are fantastic and this is immaculate futuristic pop at its best and one of my favourites. "Superhot" speeds up the tempo and is rather Kate Bush sounding. The song is fun, sexy and totally addictive. "Boys" scrutinizes boy culture and the regular "lad's night out", and here Gabriella manages to turn the phrase "getting laid" into yodelling, it's pop genius. "Invisible Girl" is another anthem for women, it's sassy, catchy and ambitious.
Ten is one of the best pop disco albums out this year and it would be sad if this record did not receive the credit it deserves. Pop lovers will be converted with this fun and emotional set of songs which are far more exciting than "Sweet about me". Even if this is only a temporary dipping of her painted toes into mainstream pop, this is still a great entry. The album is dripping with catchy pop melodies and has at least eight hit songs, so it's way above avergage. Don't miss out on this album.