Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Album Review | Gabriella Cilmi’s ‘Ten’

March 27, 2010

This is somewhat of a late review, but it’s a review none-the-less…

After what I would call a not so exciting debut, Gabriella Cilmi is back and definitely better than ever. Aside from “Save The Lives” and the smash hit “Sweet About Me” Cilmi’s tune’s bored me a bit which I found a bit shocking do to the amazing production team behind the scenes: Xenomania. This time around she picks things up with a shift to an electropop, disco, 80s inspired beat that is done the best on “On A Mission” the album’s first single and key track. At first I would have said that it was my favorite track, but after a few listens through the entire album there are quite a couple that come very close to that title.

To start from the beginning of the record, Gabriella Cilmi leads the album with the strong opener, “On A Mission“, and following that the album continues with the possible second single and Xenomania tagged “Hearts Don’t Lie”, a less intense groove from the first track, yet still genius. Cilmi’s album continues to slow the beat down bit by bit with the next midtempo track “What If You Knew” which is a confessional tune about being in love with your best mate, again genius track. The descending tempo graph somewhat levels out to bring you another beautiful midtempo called “Love Me Cos You Want To“, folks.. the title pretty much tells you whats the what for this song. Bringing us back on the descending tempo track theme is the album’s ballad, well it’s one of two but this is the better one… by a lot, “Defender“. This song really puts it’s success in the hand’s of her voice and she nails it! She restrains it beautifully, as to not over do it, and gives the track it’s star power. Ok lets move on before I gush all over this… Okay you can forget the tempo chart because the rest of the album don’t really follow the aforementioned patterned. “Robots“, a brilliant midtempo electo beat filled track talking about that puzzling question of the ages: What if we were robots? Sort of serious yet fun song. Seven tracks in and sadly we come to the last of Miss Cilmi’s five star musical brilliance with “Superhot“, a sexy pace jumping tune that feels fairly 80s. Love it.

Now for the bad news… I’ll make this bit quick. Unfortunately what we have been left with was a half of a masterpiece. Ten‘s last six tracks fail to excite or even keep your focus. “Boys” and “Invisible Girl” bore, “Let Me Know” fits comfortably nowhere on this album, and “Superman” is yet another bore that by this point in the album you could possibly already be sleeping. “Glue” comes in as the best of the worst, a ballad that just doesn’t rise above okay (it’s good, but not great). And to wrap things up there is the absolute “what were you thinking?!?” track: “Sweet About Me (Twenty Ten Version)“… they pretty much took a shit one of Cilmi’s best releases. Shame.

Well it seems that this time around Gabriella Cilmi delivered, but where’s the other half? Maybe this could be corrected before it’s given an international release. The brilliance of the first half of the album is just about enough to overlook the mundane second act, but let’s shoot for a 100% when album three comes around cos I’d love to hear more, especially with the new direction you’ve went it. All in all I’d say that this ranks as one of the better releases of 2010 so far.

Score: 3.8* out of 5

*not counting the possible Record Label forced inclusion of “Sweet About Me (Twenty Ten Version)”

Gabriella Cilmi is ‘On A Mission’ to reach sophomore success with her newest single.

January 12, 2010

18 year old Australian popstar Gabriella Cilmi is proving she has what it takes to top the charts in 2010 with her new lead single ‘On A Mission’ out in the UK on March 7th. The new album will be out in the UK on March 22nd, and hopefully it will find it’s way to America very soon. My current thoughts: EASILY the most brilliant thing she has released so far, if this is the new sound for her then I’m on edge waiting for the new album. Like most people I’m was a huge fan of the star’s debut single ‘Sweet About Me’, but probably unlike most people… I didn’t care for Lessons To Be Learned. While Xenomania tends to be spot on for me (I mean hallo! Girls Aloud!!) Climi’s debut was a bit boring. The new sound that we hear in ‘On A Mission’ is pretty much on the level of pop BRILLIANCE, and that’s kinda high. The retro-futuristic scifi theme of the music video perfectly adds to the amazing. The chorus and verses are irresistible and addicting, go on and try not tapping your foot or singing/shouting along to this. Love it or not… I think this is a great start to 2010.

Take me on the floor.

June 18, 2009

The Veronicas.

IT’S ELECTROPOP BRILLIANCE.

so dance.

dadada da dadadada…

Now officially released in the US as the second single and follow up to the smash hit ‘Untouched‘, from their second album Hook Me Up.

Buy ‘Take Me On The Floor‘ on the US iTunes.

*Note: The video used is from the Australian release, it’s 10x better than the crap video they gave us. enjoy.