Left of the Middle

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Left of the Middle
Studio album by Natalie Imbruglia
Released November 24, 1997 (see release history)
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Pop rock, acoustic, post-grunge,[1] trip hop,[1] dream pop
Length 55:52
Label RCA
Producer Matt Bronleewe, Mark Goldenberg, Phil Thornalley, Andy Wright, Gareth Parton, Nigel Godrich
Natalie Imbruglia chronology
Left of the Middle
(1997)
White Lilies Island
(2001)
Alternative cover
Alternative cover
Singles from Left of the Middle
  1. "Torn"
    Released: 27 October 1997
  2. "Big Mistake"
    Released: 8 March 1998
  3. "Wishing I Was There"
    Released: 31 May 1998
  4. "Smoke"
    Released: 11 October 1998
  5. "Identify"
    Released: 22 March 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]
Robert Christgau C+[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]

Left of the Middle is the debut studio album by Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia. Released in 1997, the album was a worldwide hit. Spurred by the success of lead single "Torn", the album reached number one in her home country and the top 10 in both the UK and US. The album went on to secure Imbruglia three Grammy nominations, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the lead single "Torn", and Best New Artist. The album sold over 7 million copies worldwide by 2002,[7] making it the best-selling debut album ever by a female Australian singer.[8][9] The single "Identify" only appears on the Taiwanese edition of the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard 200 (March 1998):

Set up by the runaway success of the alterna-pop single "Torn," debut album by Australian child actress-turned-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia exploded onto The Billboard 200 at No. 10 last issue and stays impressively high this issue. The photogenic, UK-based singer--whose career path is not too different from that of Canadian contemporary Alanis Morissette--stands to follow the success of "Torn" with such other viable pop and rock cuts as "Leave Me Alone", "Don't You Think", "Impressed" and "Wishing I Was There". An album with ample possibilities at modern AC, modern rock, mainstream rock, and pop stations.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Torn"   Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, Phil Thornalley 4:04
2. "One More Addiction"   Natalie Imbruglia, Dave Munday, Thornalley 3:30
3. "Big Mistake"   Imbruglia, Mark Goldenberg 4:32
4. "Leave Me Alone"   Imbruglia, Andy Wright 4:21
5. "Wishing I Was There"   Imbruglia, Colin Campsie, Thornalley 3:52
6. "Smoke"   Imbruglia, Matt Bronleewe 4:37
7. "Pigeons and Crumbs"   Imbruglia, Goldenberg 5:21
8. "Don't You Think?"   Campsie, Thornalley 3:55
9. "Impressed"   Imbruglia, Rick Palombi, Nick Trevisik 4:47
10. "Intuition"   Imbruglia, Munday, Thornalley 3:22
11. "City"   Imbruglia, Thornalley 4:34
12. "Left of the Middle"   Imbruglia, Steve Booker 3:46

Chart positions and sales[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 11
Canadian Albums (CRIA) 9
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 8
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 4
Hungarian Albums (Mahasz) 15
Irish Albums (IRMA) 53
Italian Albums (FIMI)[18] 4
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 39
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 3
UK Albums (OCC) 5
US Billboard 200 10

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[23] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Belgium (BEA)[24] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[25] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[26] Gold 230,300[27]
Japan (RIAJ)[28] Platinum[29] 200,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[30] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[31] Gold 50,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[32] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[33] Gold 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[34] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] 4× Platinum 1,143,800[36]
United States (RIAA)[37] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[38] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United Kingdom November 24, 1997 (1997-11-24)
United States March 10, 1998 (1998-03-10)

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
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Preceded by
Hello Nasty by Beastie Boys
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
23–29 August 1998
6–12 September 1998
26 October - 1 November 1998
Succeeded by
Follow the Leader by KoЯn