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24th June 2008

CD REVIEW: Gabriella Cilmi, Lessons To Be Learned

Posted by: Kitten Power

(Matt Akersten has graciously handed me a pile of CDs which I will be reviewing over the next few weeks)

Since Amy Winehouse brought retro-jazz and soul back into fashion, there has been a gabriellaalbumsmall.jpgsteady stream of singers with a similar vocal style touted as “the next Amy Winehouse”. Gorgeous Australian 16-year-old Gabriella Cilmi is one such singer and has proved she’s plenty to write home about with her debut album Lessons To Be Learned. Her lead single Sweet About Me had all the catchy goods to make it to incessant play status on commercial radio, and her album has hence done pretty well in the charts.

Lessons To Be Learned has a real mix of style, from R&B and soul to rockier tracks, which keeps the album interesting.  At the start of the album, there seems to be something a tiny bit overdone which makes me feel like the natural gorgeousness of her voice isn’t used to its full potential.  However Lessons To Be Learned proves to have a rare ability to grab the ears more and more as it progresses, where many albums seem to fade after about five tracks.  The almost Erykah Badu-esque style heard in Cigaretttes and Lies makes it the stand out track for me.  Apparently, although Cilmi has songwriting credits, her music was co-written by British instant-pop hit production machine Xenomania, a writing team which is responsible for the likes of Girls Aloud.

At just 16, Cilmi has a developed and versatile voice. She is without some of the more dirty grit of Amy Winehouse, but she is also without the freaky eyelashes and substance problems (hopefully!). And with dire predictions circulating about about the health of emphysema-suffering Winehouse, someone may need to fill her wigs. Cilmi certainly has the potential to have a big future . . . but maybe leave the wigs and eyelashes alone, aye Gabriella? Standout tracks: Sweet About Me, Messy, Cigarettes and Lies, Sit in the Blues

Have you had a listen to Lessons To Be Learned? What do you think?

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  • 1 Dakota // Oct 2, 2008 at 1:57 am

    i loveee Gabriella’s music! its up there in my favourites (:

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