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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Lesson learned !

Close your eyes. You're in Australia.
Bondi beach, check. Harbour Bridge check. Great reef barrier, check. Kylie Minogue, check. Kangaroos, check. Savage Garden, check. Heartbreak High (go Ryan!!!), check. Nicole Kidman (go Botox!!!), check. Clichés, check.

Well ladies and gentlemen I'll ask you to make some more room in your Australia-related-stuff box for the lovely Gabriella Cilmi. This 16-year-old beautiful Aussie made her way on the european airwaves earlier this year, proving that Kylieland knows how good pop music is done.

I got her album months ago, loved it for several weeks, then forgot about it, and rediscovered it a few days ago, thanks to an ad on French TV. Yeah, France is just starting to buzz about her. Us French people are never late when it comes to music... ! Her first single for the european market was the deliciously addictive Sweet About Me which slowly but surely climbed the UK charts a few months ago, something quite rare over there (singles usually chart at their peak position on their first week and then slowly climb the charts down), to peak at a respectable number 6.

Her album, Lessons To Be Learned, is a nice piece of pop crafted by the holy Xenomania, the production team behind Girls Aloud and some of Sugababes' finest work. They managed to make good use of her warm and very mature-sounding voice (think Anastacia without the scary part) on catchy pop tunes, such as Don't Wanna Go To Bed Now (well, lady, 16 is quite a young age, you need you rest) or Cigarettes And Lies and Messy. The more pop-rock oriented Save The Lies (her second single) clearly demonstrates the sexy bee can deliver in the voice department without sounding too hard-pushed. Got No Place To Go has got a bass line reminiscent of Duffy's Mercy (tell me if I'm wrong), but thank God it's not as annoying after 3 listens, it even is one of the best tracks on the record. Of course there are the inevitable ballads, but those are surprisingly not boring, Akward Game even being quite good, with its acoustic guitar bringing a welcome folk touch. Terrifying and Echo Beach are also pleasant up-tempo tracks that conclude the album well.

Overall Miss Cilmi shows some impressive skills on her first album. The fact she won six ARIA awards (Australian music awards) last week proves her carreer's far from being over. In fact it's just beginning.


Découvrez Gabriella Cilmi!


Découvrez Gabriella Cilmi!


Découvrez Gabriella Cilmi!


Découvrez Gabriella Cilmi!


Découvrez Gabriella Cilmi!



If you liked what you heard, maybe you can go buy Lessons To Be Learned by Gabriella Cilmi at the nearest record shop or download it from Itunes, or wherever else you like.

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