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Classic Album Review: Natalie Imbruglia | White Lilies Island

The pop music It Girl does her best to keep from becoming just another also-ran.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Remember Natalie Imbruglia? It wasn’t that long ago that she was pop music’s next manufactured It Girl.

She had a hit single called Torn. She was on the cover of Spin. She dated that doofy guy from Friends. Pity nobody filled the general public in on the marketing plan, so they didn’t exactly storm the record stores for her album. So now, like a lot of former It Girls, Natalie is in danger of becoming just another pop also-ran. And White Lilies Island, her long-overdue sophomore album, is just your standard set of swirly, girly-pop tunes. Like before, she’s a little bit Alanis in the way she crowds words together (but not nearly as neurotic), a little bit Lisa Loeb in her quirky frailty (but not nearly as irritating) and a little bit Portishead in her trip-hoppy arrangements (but not nearly as coldly calculating). It’s all nice enough, to be sure — but no more memorable than last time around.