Whatever way you look at it, it’s been a spectacular career, from Neighbours to millions of record sales, movies, ARIAs, Brit Awards and Grammy nominations. But you also sense it’s a career cursed by a classic debut and forever chasing that pop perfection. “It’s been a lifetime building walls,” Imbruglia sings in Just Like Old Times. “I’m just trying to find a way to make peace with myself.”
Firebird is a pop journey of discovery – “I need to find myself to lose myself again” – and though nothing quite matches Torn’s brilliance, Imbruglia’s pure vocal remains a thing of beauty – check out the glorious simplicity of the title track, and When You Love Too Much.
Firebird by Natalie Imbruglia is out Sep 24 via BMG.
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