White Lilies Island

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White Lilies Island
Studio album by Natalie Imbruglia
Released 5 November 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Pop, pop rock
Length 51:29
Label RCA
Producer Gary Clark, Pascal Gabriel, Ian Stanley, Phil Thornalley
Natalie Imbruglia chronology
Left of the Middle
(1997)
White Lilies Island
(2001)
Counting Down the Days
(2005)
Singles from White Lilies Island
  1. "That Day"
    Released: 29 October 2001
  2. "Wrong Impression"
    Released: 29 January 2002
  3. "Beauty on the Fire"
    Released: 22 July 2002

White Lilies Island is the second album by Natalie Imbruglia. It was released in Europe and Australia in late 2001 and in the United States on 5 March 2002. The name of this album comes from the location of Imbruglia's home in Windsor.[1]

Sales[edit]

Despite failing to reach the UK top 10 and debut at No. 15, the album has sold over 200,000 copies. The US release had limited success, debuting at No. 35 with 35,000 sales in its first week, but has eventually sold 210,000 copies. Worldwide, White Lilies Island has sold more than 1 million copies.

Singles[edit]

  • "That Day" was released on 29 October 2001 as the lead single of the album. It peaked at number 11 at the UK Singles Chart
  • "Wrong Impression" was released on 29 January 2002 as the second single of the album. It peaked at number 7 at the U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40.
  • "Beauty on the Fire" was released on 22 July 2002 as the third and last single of the album. It peaked at number 26 at the UK Singles Chart.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (54/100) [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]
Blender 2/5 stars [4]
Entertainment Weekly B− [5]
Mojo 3/5 stars [2]
Q 2/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars [6]
Uncut 2/5 stars [2]
The Village Voice (unfavorable) [7]
Yahoo! Music UK 8/10 stars [8]

The album met with mixed reviews. At Metacritic it received a score of 54 out of 100.[2] Allmusic gave the album a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars saying: "Imbruglia has made a brilliant pop record -- contemporary, yet timeless. White Lilies Island would have suffered without Natalie Imbruglia's perfectionism, and it would have lost sight of the elegance it so perfectly exudes."[3] Blender gave a rating of 2 out of five stars, commenting: "White Lilies Island skips from one song to the next without leaving any great impression or displaying a single sentiment Jessica Simpson would find distressing. If, however, she was trying to remake Jagged Little Pill, it’s all gone horribly wrong."[4] Entertainment Weekly gave a positive review and said: "The disc continues in the same vein of agreeable pop-radio fodder as Torn, with an all-new group of distraught romantics and connection seekers singing creamy choruses."[5] Rolling Stone gave the album a negative review and said it's "a great brother of her debut."[6] Yahoo! Music UK gave the album a rating of 8 out of ten stars and said: "She's certainly on the way to achieving her goal. She chips in a hefty wedge of the lyric sheet to the album in the shape of confessional lovesick outpourings that, despite lapses, bind the gutsy album cohesively giving it sophistication, direction and genuine feeling."[8]

Commercial[edit]

The album debuted at #15 on the UK album chart with 21,000 in sales before dropping out of the top 75 in its 4th week. It re-entered the top 30 with the release of the second single "Wrong Impression" and eventually nearly 200,000 copies in the UK overall. In the US the album debuted at a disappointing No. 35 with 35,000 in sales and dropped out of the Top 200 after only 7 weeks eventually selling 215,000 overall. In Australia the album fared slightly better debutting at #3 and going Gold despite enjoying only a small resurgence in sales with the subsequent singles. Worldwide, White Lilies Island has sold around a million copies.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Natalie Imbruglia and Gary Clark, except where noted.

  1. "That Day" (N. Imbruglia, Patrick Leonard) – 4:44
  2. "Beauty on the Fire" (N. Imbruglia, G. Clark, Mat Wilder) – 4:21
  3. "Satellite" (N. Imbruglia, Phil Thornalley) – 3:08
  4. "Do You Love?" – 4:43
  5. "Wrong Impression" – 4:17
  6. "Goodbye" (N. Imbruglia, M. Wilder) – 5:01
  7. "Everything Goes" – 4:01
  8. "Hurricane" – 3:38
  9. "Sunlight" – 5:01
  10. "Talk in Tongues" (N. Imbruglia, P. Thornalley) – 3:29
  11. "Butterflies" – 4:56
  12. "Come September" – 4:10
Japanese Bonus Track
  1. "Shikaiya (for Billy)" – 3:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[9] 3
Austrian Albums Chart[10] 59
Canadian Albums Chart[11] 37
French Albums Chart[12] 43
German Albums Chart[13] 49
Irish Albums Chart[14] 44
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 23
UK Albums Chart[16] 15
US Billboard 200[17] 35
Top Internet Albums[17] 19

Sales[edit]

White Lilies Island has sold approximately 1 million copies worldwide to date.

Country Certification Sales
Australia Gold 60,000
France 40,000[18]
United Kingdom Gold 185,200
United States 200,000+

First week sales:

  1. UK: 25,500
  2. Australia: 37,500
  3. USA: 36,800

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q The Interview: Natalie Imbruglia". The Independent (London). [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e "Critic Reviews for White Lilies Island". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  3. ^ a b MacKenzie Wilson (27 November 2001). "White Lilies Island - Natalie Imbruglia". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  4. ^ a b "White Lillies Island". Blender. 27 November 2001. Retrieved 2010-05-25. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b David Browne (25 February 2002). "White Lilies Island Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  6. ^ a b Pat Blashill (28 February 2002). "Natalie Imbruglia: White Lilies Island : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Emma Pearse (9 April 2002). "Girls With The Most Pie". The Village Voice. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Chris Heath (5 November 2001). "Natalie Imbruglia - 'White Lilies Island'". Yahoo! Music UK. Archived from the original on 7 May 2004. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  9. ^ "Discography Natalie Imbruglia". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Discographie Natalie Imbruglia". AustrianCharts.at. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Arianet: The Aria Report". Pandora Archive (page 24). Retrieved 2 February 2009.
  12. ^ "Discographie Natalie Imbruglia". LesCharts.com. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  13. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Imbruglia, Natalie / Longplay". MusicLine.de. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  14. ^ "Discography Natalie Imbruglia". IrishCharts.com. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  15. ^ "Discography Natalie Imbruglia". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  16. ^ "Chart Stats: Natalie Imbruglia". ChartStats.com. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  17. ^ a b "Natalie Imbruglia > Chart & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
  18. ^ "Charts français". Fanofmusic.free.fr. Retrieved 2010-05-25.