- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music
- ASIN: B002K8P2CQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Come to Life
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the album itself is one of the best of Natalie and definitely is worth the purchase, i loved it, good songs, nice artwork and great delivery service from Amazon!
I'd previously downloaded the track 'Want', which took a bit of getting used to (not a good sign when some of the lyrics were pinched from 'Be With You', my favourite of the new tracks on the previous release).
Things didn't start well. The first track was appropriately titled, as I took an instant dislike to 'Oh God' but things improved massively with 'Lukas' (my favourite track). As I seem to recall a previous reviewer saying, 'Fun' has quite a Christmasy feel to it. 'Twenty' and 'Scars' are also really good and I liked all of the other tracks, through to the bouncy closer 'Wild About It'.
After a few listens I was singing along and even the opener had grown on me. In fact, I like the album so much I've since ordered the Japanese release, which has a bonus track on it.
My one gripe about the album itself is that it only has 10 tracks, which is bad value (particularly having paid more to import it).
I was disapponted to read that the album only sold 740 copies in it's first week of release in Australia. I can only assume the record company there did nothing to promote it.
Also, what is going on in the UK? Why the wait until February, almost 5 months after it's release elsewhere? Strange when you thing that this must be one of her biggest markets.
If you like Natalie's previous work, then I fail to see how you can't like 'Come To Life'. Yes, it's different to what she has done before but wouldn't it be boring if every release from an artist sounded exactly the same?
Give it a chance.
Scars is my favourite track, showing similarities to previous releases and being the best potential single along with Lukas which is unique. Its dissappointing the number of tracks wasn't greater, Apologise would have been a great addition or a self titled track related to the album. BUT Natalies fab and I Come To Life whenever I hear her!
Back to the main album - although never officially released in the UK, I did import a copy from abroad and believe this to be a good album, albeit not as strong as her previous three. Perhaps more a continuation of Counting Down The Days sound than a complete reinvention as some have perhaps suggested.
Tracks such as 'Lukas', 'Scars' and 'Fun' are typical Natalie Imbruglia-sounding tracks and are well-written and enjoyable to the ear. More experimental tracks like 'Cameo' and 'Want' push Imbruglia into current pop territory and offer her fans a glimpse of something different and progressive, these tracks work effectively and show Natalie can complete with the best of the current pop scene and not just the acoustic/pop type.
Unfortunately not everything works as well, 'WYUT' (What You Up To) doesn't quite work, with a clunky chorus that doesn't really hit the mark and ballad 'All The Roses' is a bit too somber and slow for an album that is predominately pop and electronic, sounding more like a left-over from 2001's White Lilies Island. 'Twenty' also feels a bit limp and could easily have been replaced by the greatness that is 'Flirting'.
Vocally Natalie sounds better than ever and musically it's refreshing to hear some progression and see her take some musical risks. Unfortunately some of these risks haven't quite worked, making this probably the least enjoyable Imbruglia album, despite containing some of her best songs (Lukas, Want, Fun, Flirting and Scars).
"My God" opens the album, heavily Chris Martin influenced, it does sound like a Coldplay B side, however, it is pleasant and catchy enough. The tone then reverts back to Natalie's previous stlye with "Lukas" which in my opinion is one of the strongest tracks on the album, something which I expected to see more of here. "Fun" and "Twenty" are completely boring and deserve a skip. "Scars" is a nice enough song but it never really kicks in. Then suddenly the album explodes with "Want" which is an excellent track, it does take a few listens to get into but it has been stuck in my head for the past few days now. The rest of the album fades into a bland electronic blur finishing with "Wild About It" which is an excellent song.
Overall,I feel this album suffers from multiple personality disorder. There are about four or five good tracks but the rest are total drivel. A really disappointing release from Natalie, especially as fans have waited a good few years. The production is excellent and I imagine many hours of slaving away passed before this album. Unfortunately it is lacking something, perhaps it has had too much time devoted to it.
Another point is the release date? What the hell is going on? This album is a disaster promotion wise and I can only think it has been delayed in the UK to add extra tracks? Pull it together Natalie, we know you have it in you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant product fantastic quick service from the seller would certainly recommend. I thought that this product was fantastic value for money! Fantastic!Published on 23 Dec. 2014 by DP
When you buy a CD it is generally because you like the artist. It is highly unlikely I'd rate any CD I bought as less than 5 stars.Published on 29 Jan. 2014 by Bargain Hunter
Love Natalie, love the CD. It's a shame the music industry bases everything on sales, not talent. It's a great CD.Published on 10 May 2013 by A. M. Bridgett