Come to Life

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Come to Life
Studio album by Natalie Imbruglia
Released 2 October 2009 (2009-10-02)
(See release history)
Recorded 2008–2009 in London, England
Genre Pop, pop rock, dance-pop
Length 37:57
Label Malabar, Island
Producer Rik Simpson, Ben Hillier, Dave McCracken, Gary Clark, Jamie Hartman, Paul Harris, Sheppard Solomon, Brian Eno
Natalie Imbruglia chronology
Glorious: The Singles 97–07
(2007)
Come to Life
(2009)
Singles from Come to Life
  1. "Want"
    Released: 28 September 2009 (2009-09-28)[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (54/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
musicOMH 3.5/5 stars[4]
NME (5/10)[2]
NU.nl 7/10 stars[5]
Q 2/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic (3/5)[6]
Yahoo! Music UK 6/10 stars[7]

Come to Life is the fourth studio album released by Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia. It became the first album to be released on her self-funded label, Malabar Records.

Songwriting[edit]

Although recording for the album began in 2009, during promotion for the release of Glorious: The Singles 1997–2007, tracks "Scars" and "My God" were rumoured to have been recorded in 2006. The album took nearly three years to complete. In February 2009, The Sun newspaper rumoured that Imbruglia was collaborating with Chris Martin from Coldplay, and it was later confirmed by Martin himself and people involved in the recording process that he had worked with Imbruglia on a "string of tracks".[8][9]

Chris Martin wrote the song "Fun" for Natalie. "When he sang it to me, I almost did one of those ugly cries. But I held it together. That's the crazy thing - he wrote it, not me. Who knows what Chris was thinking, you would have to ask him about that. But I thought it was a stunning, beautiful love song". [1] The song "Lukas", produced by Brian Eno and Rik Simpson, was confirmed as an out-take from the recording sessions of Coldplay's fourth studio album, "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends". Martin also worked with Imbruglia on the songwriting of "Want" and "Flirting", a track which appears exclusively on the Japanese release, co-written by Goldspot frontman Siddhartha Khosla. "Coldplay write so much material it's quite ridiculous how many songs they have, some of which never get finished because Chris Martin is a bit of a mad genius," Imbruglia explains. [2]

In April 2009, Imbruglia stated the following in an interview: "I get frustrated because I’d like to produce more work...It’s something that bugs me about myself, but I don’t really know any other way. And I’m not motivated by money, so I need to get things done right. I feel the same creative buzz I felt when I first started my career...It's just fun and artistic and creative and all the things it should be. There's still a lot of depth to the songs...It just sounds fresher to me. I've tried different things - there's more electronic stuff in there, and that's different for me, more dance beats. There's a freedom overall, and a sense of confidence. It's slightly less introspective ..."[10][11] The album "combines dark, driving beats and gorgeously wistful ballads".[12]

Release[edit]

The album was first released via on Island Records on 2 October 2009 in Australia. It was announced that the release of the album in the United Kingdom would be delayed so that Imbruglia could concentrate on her duties as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor franchise. The album was eventually made available in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2010 by Amazon. However, to this date, the album has not received an official release in the UK.[13][14]

Singles[edit]

  • "Wild About It" was released as a promotional single. A music video was filmed for the song in London, England, and was directed by Mike Baldwin. The video features cameo appearances by British comedians Alan Carr and David Walliams.[15]
  • "Scars" was intended to become the second single from the album, due to be released on 26 April 2010, however, due to contractual issues with the record label, was cancelled. It was announced three weeks later the single would actually be released on 5 July, nearly a year after the previous single, "Want" was released, but once again, the release was cancelled.

Chart performance[edit]

Come to Life entered the Australian albums chart at #67 on 19 October 2009, making it Imbruglia's worst performing album to date. It sold 740 copies in its first week of release.[18] In its second week, it dropped to #89, spending only two weeks in the top 100. In Switzerland, the album peaked at #70 on 18 October 2009.[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "My God"   Natalie Imbruglia, Crispin Hunt Ben Hillier 4:04
2. "Lukas"   Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin Brian Eno, Rik Simpson 3:50
3. "Fun"   Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin Ken Nelson 4:22
4. "Twenty"   Imbruglia, Sheppard Solomon Ben Hillier 3:57
5. "Scars"   Imbruglia, Jamie Hartman Rik Simpson, Jon Hopkins, Leo Abrahams 3:32
6. "Want"   Imbruglia, Kat Kourtney, Gary Clark, Chris Martin Rik Simpson 4:20
7. "WYUT"   Imbruglia, Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider Alain Johannes 3:20
8. "Cameo"   Imbruglia, Hillier, Dave McCracken Dave McCracken, Ben Hillier 3:13
9. "All the Roses"   Imbruglia, Clark Ben Hillier 3:29
10. "Wild About It"   Imbruglia, Hillier, McCracken McCracken, Ben Hillier 4:08

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
ARIA Top 100 Albums[18] 67
ARIA Top 100 Physical Albums[20] 81
ARIA Top 20 Australian Albums[20] 18
Italian Albums Chart[21] 34
Russian Albums Chart[22] 25
Swiss Albums Chart[23] 70

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Republic of Ireland[24] 2 October 2009 Island Records
Austria[25]
Italy[26]
New Zealand[27] 9 October 2009 Universal Australia
Australia[28]
Europe[29] 12 October 2009 Island Records
Japan[30] 14 October 2009 Universal Music
Mexico[31] 20 October 2009 Malabar Records
Germany[32] 6 November 2009 Island Records
United Kingdom[14] 14 February 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Want' Released On 28 September". NatalieImbruglia.com. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Critic Reviews at Metacritic
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Come to Life - Natalie Imbruglia". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  4. ^ musicOMH review
  5. ^ Oitmann, Pierre. "Review: Come To Life". NU.nl. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  7. ^ Yahoo! Music UK review at the Wayback Machine (archived June 13, 2011)
  8. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia and Chris Martin Do it Together" Undercover, 21 February 2009
  9. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia on Closed for Winter, and Chris Martin songs" Herald Sun, 23 April 2009
  10. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia overcomes naked ambition in Closed For Winter" The Sunday Telegraph, 16 April 2009
  11. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia's dark beauty" Sydney Morning Herald, 14 April 2009
  12. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia news 'in brief'". Popjustice. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  13. ^ Natalie Imbruglia hits a high note as she entertains the crowd at Cannes Film Festival Daily Mail. 20 May 2010
  14. ^ a b "Come to Life: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  15. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia’s Wild About It by Michael Baldwin". PromoNews.tv. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  16. ^ "Italian Chart Positions". ItalianCharts.com. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  17. ^ "Chart Stats: Natalie Imbruglia". ChartStats.com. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  18. ^ a b "Natalie Imbruglia's comeback a flop". The Daily Telegraph. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  19. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia - Come to Life (Album)". SwissCharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  20. ^ a b "Pandora Archive". Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  21. ^ "FIMI - Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana - Classifiche". Fimi.it. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  22. ^ Российский чарт 42-2009. 2M-Online (in Russian). Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  23. ^ "Discography Natalie Imbruglia". SwissCharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  24. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia - Come to Life (Album)". IrishCharts.com. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  25. ^ (German) "Natalie Imbruglia - Come to Life (Album)". AustrianCharts.at. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  26. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia - Come to Life (Album)". ItalianCharts.com. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  27. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia - Come to Life". CDWow.co.nz. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  28. ^ "Guest: Natalie Imbruglia". Rove. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  29. ^ "New Album". NatalieImbruglia.com. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  30. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia - Come to Life (CD)". CDJapan.co.jp. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  31. ^ (Spanish) "Come to Life". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  32. ^ (German) "Come to Life von Natalie Imbruglia". Amazon.de. Retrieved 24 October 2009.

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