Natalie Imbruglia Live Review

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Natalie Imbruglia, Heaven, London – October 1st 2009

Natalie Imbruglia’s first album for four years – Come To Life – was due to hit the shops in October, but for reasons known only to her record company it’s now been pushed back to next year. Her new material wasn’t hiding anywhere last week at Heaven though, taking front and centre stage at her gig along with a beaming Natalie and a sparkling dress that shimmered all night…

Natalie Imbruglia is an old hand at performing so she was all dazzling smiles and crystal clear note perfection from the off. After slotting in old favourites Wrong Impression and Shiver to get the crowd on-board, she launched into her Chris Martin-penned new material, including the incisive Lukas which was apparently culled from Coldplay’s last album and Fun which had echoes of Viva La Vida with its insistent military beat. New single Want meanwhile, also penned by Martin raised the temperature to dance, giving Natalie a chance to show off her moves – it’s not indicative of a new sound from the Aussie songstress but it’s a grower.

After more banter with the intimate crowd, Imbruglia demanded a singalong for Torn which got the biggest cheer of the night, before launching into new tracks including Scars, with its slower tempo and cliched lyrics. Cameo showed off Imbruglia’s legendary raunch and the finishing salvo of her favourite song from the new album My God and oldie Wishing I made sure Natalie left the stage on an uptempo note.

There’s no doubt that the woman can sing – she can twist on a note with ease – and she seems to get more beautiful with age, her cheekbones more defined by the year. The encore involved dressing-up for the sub-standard Wild About It before finishing up with Big Mistake. On this evidence, her new album will be worth a listen.

Natalie Imbruglia’s album Come To Life is out in 2010.

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