"LEFT OF THE MIDDLE"
TORN - One of my alltime favourite songs by any artist and this was a massive hit globally for ex-Neighbours star Natalie Imbruglia proving she wasn't a bubblegum puppet unlike some of the other soap stars. This was a brilliant Pop Rock track that was a cover of obscure Rock band Ednaswap who hadn't released it before this version. Pure sultry vocals, a slight dance beat and swirling melodies made this a top song by any artist.
ONE MORE ADDICTION - A more edgy side of Rock for this track, an almost funky backing similar to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Natalie's Edie Brickell/Sophie B. Hawkins style vocals. Very cool track.
BIG MISTAKE - A Grunge Rock style similar to Garbage and Paramore, quiet, angst ridden vocals build into a storming anthemic chorus with a crash of drums and guitars.
LEAVE ME ALONE - A kind of Morcheeba style Trip Hop merged with a little Jazz. Slow tempo but Natalie's chanteuse vocals give it some emotion amidst an eerie backing. Experimental but brilliant.
WISHING I WAS THERE - Natalie takes a leaf out of Alanis Morissette's book and delivers a great slice of angry Alternative Rock with hints of Grunge and a catchy chorus.
SMOKE - Atmospheric, eerie, echo filled emotive Electronic based ballad. Reminds me of Avril Lavigne, beautiful vocal from Natalie, a top track.
PIGEONS AND CRUMBS - Another slow Alternative Rock Pop ballad, gorgeous vocals match the melody and almost Acoustic and Electronic backing.
DON'T YOU THINK - Roxette style Pop Rock with a hint of Sophie B. Hawkins, a little Grunge thrown in for good measure. Simply awesome.
IMPRESSED - Catchy, edgy Electronic Punk vibe that was popular with bands such as Elastica and Republica. One of my favourites by Natalie. Touch of class.
INTUITION - Another Alanis inspired storming Alternative Rock gem.
CITY - Possibly the weakest song on the album but then this debut is full of gems. This reminds of a simple Bon Jovi song that they were just jamming on. Not a lot to say about this one although the Punk style reverb guitars are interesting.
LEFT OF THE MIDDLE - The title track and last track of the album is a beautifully sung Acoustic ballad. Really nice, breathy vocals from Natalie proving her voice is exceptional. A lovely ending to a fine debut set.