The Sting (Gabriella Cilmi album)

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The Sting
Studio album by Gabriella Cilmi
Released 8 November 2013 (2013-11-08)
Recorded 2011–13
Length 42:39
Label Sweetness Tunes
Producer Eliot James
Gabriella Cilmi chronology
Ten
(2010)
The Sting
(2013)
Singles from The Sting
  1. "The Sting"
    Released: 1 September 2013 (2013-09-01)
  2. "Symmetry"
    Released: 11 November 2013 (2013-11-11)

The Sting is the third studio album by Australian recording artist Gabriella Cilmi, released on 8 November 2013 on Cilmi's imprint Sweetness Tunes, through Absolute Marketing & Distribution.[1]

Background[edit]

The writing process of The Sting has lasted over three years. Cilmi had began work on it by October 2010, mere months after the release of her second album, Ten. Teasing some information about lyrics, several ideas and feelings, she spoke on her work, saying, "It's totally exciting because I am spending a bit more time with this record. I want to see what works. I really love Dolly Parton, roots music, Tricky and Enya, so anything could happen."[2]

On 18 January 2012, Cilmi debuted a Sam Wrench-directed video for an "acoustic-ish"[3] version of "Vicious Love",[4] the first song she wrote for the album.[5] Cilmi explained, "If you've ever experienced any type of 'Vicious Love' you will know that sometimes despite all the arrows pointing to a dead end there is just no way out, there is no way back. But then again don't all roads lead to dead ends? [...] Guess we should just enjoy the ride..."[3]

Gabriella began writing and recording with members of her live band. "I was searching for a sound that reflected the way I felt inside, which was quite vulnerable, and traumatised. I wanted it to sound the way Italian neo-realist photographs look, that post-war, ruined glamour which is really gritty and heart-breaking. I was listening to a lot of Trip Hop, that 90s Bristol sound, Portishead and Tricky. But also singer-songwriters I had always loved, Neil Young, John Martyn. And old soul records, Bessie Smith, Otis Redding. It all went in there."[6] In an interview with Billboard about the process of making 'The Sting', Gabriella stated, "The whole idea of 'The Sting' came as an aftermath to breaking-up with my label, and management and boyfriend at the time. The lyrics side of things were influenced by what I was going through. It was all a bit of a sting. But nothing killed me." [7]

Promotion[edit]

A black-and-white music video for "Sweeter in History", filmed in the Italian towns of Valvori and Cassino,[8][9] was released on 14 March 2013.[10] On 26 March, the track was offered as a free download for a limited time.[8]

"The Sting" was released on 1 September 2013 as the album's official lead single,[11] for which a music video was also directed by Wrench.

The second single, "Symmetry", was released on 11 November 2013.[12] The accompanying music video premiered on 17 September.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Guardian 2/5 stars[14]

The Guardian gave a negative review of The Sting, stating that "despite the professed anguish of 'Vicious Love' and 'Kill Ourselves', lacks any real bite."[14]



Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Highway"   Gabriella Cilmi, Eliot James, Adrian Thaws James 3:37
2. "Symmetry"   Cilmi, Tom Fuller James 3:50
3. "Sweeter in History"   Cilmi, Fuller James 3:20
4. "Don't Look Back"   Cilmi, James James 3:46
5. "Not Sorry"   Cilmi, James, Joseph Cilmi James 3:51
6. "Left with Someone Else"   Cilmi, Benjamin Weaver James 3:15
7. "The Sting"   Cilmi, James, Weaver James 3:25
8. "Vicious Love"   Cilmi, Keith Adam, Harry Broadbent, Henry Bongani Farai James 3:45
9. "Every Memory"   Cilmi, Jony Rockstar James 2:58
10. "I Am Just a Girl"   Cilmi, Ryan Laubscher James 3:42
11. "Parallel Universe"   Cilmi, Adam, Broadbent, Farai James 3:49
12. "Kill Ourselves"   Cilmi, Weaver James 3:21
Total length:
42:39

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
Ireland[16] 8 November 2013 CD, digital download Sweetness Tunes
Australia[17] 11 November 2013 Digital download
France[18]
Italy[19]
United Kingdom[20][15] CD, digital download
United States[21] Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hart, Tina (2 August 2013). "Gabriella Cilmi partners with Absolute for independent release of new album". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Lyons, Beverley (14 October 2010). "Scots singers have more integrity, claims Aussie star Gabriella Cilmi". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Cilmi, Gabriella (22 January 2012). "Vicious love". Tumblr. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Kitchener, Shaun (21 January 2012). "VIDEO: Gabriella Cilmi Debuts New Song 'Vicious Love'". Entertainmentwise. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Larkin, Darrell (2013). "Gabriella Cilmi". IDOL Magazine. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Gabriella Cilmi Announces New Single 'Symmetry' November 11th 2013 [Listen]". Contactmusic.com. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Gabriella Cilmi Takes the Indie Route on 'The Sting' Billboard. 20 December 2013.
  8. ^ a b Creighton, Keith (26 March 2013). "Gabriella Cilmi Rocks New Look + Sound in 'Sweeter in History' Video". PopCrush. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Torresi, Marziano (18 March 2013). "Gabriella Cilmi – Sweeter in history – Video ufficiale" (in Italian). Musickr. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Gabriella Cilmi – Sweeter In History". YouTube. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Sting – Single by Gabriella Cilmi". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Symmetry – Single by Gabriella Cilmi". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Copsey, Robert (17 September 2013). "Gabriella Cilmi unveils other-worldly 'Symmetry' music video". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Gabriella Cilmi: The Sting Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "The Sting by Gabriella Cilmi". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Sting by Gabriella Cilmi". iTunes Store Ireland. Apple. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "The Sting by Gabriella Cilmi". iTunes Store Australia. Apple. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Sting by Gabriella Cilmi". iTunes Store France. Apple. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Sting by Gabriella Cilmi". iTunes Store Italy. Apple. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Sting". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "The Sting by Gabriella Cilmi". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved 7 November 2013.