Ten (Gabriella Cilmi album)

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Studio album by Gabriella Cilmi
Released 22 March 2010 (2010-03-22)
Recorded 2009–2010
Length 47:54
Label Island
Producer Xenomania, Greg Kurstin, The Invisible Men, Dallas Austin, Gabriella Cilmi, Parker & James
Gabriella Cilmi chronology
iTunes Festival: London 2008
(2008)iTunes Festival: London 20082008
The Sting
(2013)The Sting2013
Singles from Ten
  1. "On a Mission"
    Released: 5 February 2010
  2. "Hearts Don't Lie"
    Released: 23 April 2010
  3. "Defender"
    Released: 26 August 2010

Ten is the second studio album by Australian-born singer-songwriter Gabriella Cilmi, released on 22 March 2010.[1] However, the album has not been released in the United States. The lead single, "On a Mission", appeared two weeks ahead of the album and marked Cilmi's foray into more 1980s inspired music.[2] The album peaked in the top 40 in Australia and the UK. PopJustice placed Ten at number 4 on their "Top 33 albums of 2010" list.


According to Cilmi, Ten features "lots of uptempo funk and disco-inspired numbers designed to make people groove" as well as "some more sexy tracks". One song incorporates a type of yodel into it.[2] While producing the album, Cilmi worked with Greg Kurstin, The Invisible Men and Dallas Austin, as well as Xenomania on the song "Hearts Don't Lie" which she likens to a Bee Gees song. Cilmi has said "Love Me 'Cause You Want To" is the song she's most proud of due to the fact it was produced with her band.[2]

The album's cover was released a few weeks after Cilmi was reported as having criticised Lady Gaga for the skimpy nature of her clothing,[3] the cover of Ten, on which Cilmi appears to be wearing an orange brassiere, overlaid with a black snaky design representative of cinematic film, aroused some interest. Shortly afterwards a further portfolio of photographs was published, for which Cilmi had posed in items of red and black lingerie.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
BBC (positive)[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
The Independent (negative)[8]
NU.nl 7/10 stars[9]
The Observer (positive)[10]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[11]
State 1/5 stars[12]
The Times 4/5 stars[13]
Virgin Media 3/5 stars[14]

Overall critical reaction has been generally positive. Hugh Montgomery for The Observer called it "Good, plasticky fun", praising 'Love Me Cos You Want To' and 'Hearts Don't Lie' but criticising the "unnecessary excursions into quivering balladry and jaunty piano-pop".[15] Pete Paphides for The Times also awarded 4 stars, saying "If her current single On a Mission doesn't manage to relieve Cilmi of the 2008 Sweet About Me albatross, then the sensuous future-disco of Love Me Cos should do the trick."[16]

Caroline Sullivan for The Guardian gave Ten 3 stars, saying "Her zest and powerful, Anastacia like voice can't be faulted, but the music, produced mainly by dance-pop overlords Greg Kurstin and Dallas Austin, is woefully generic."[17] BBC Music also praised Cilmi's voice, and said about the album: "Ten still doesn't give too a clear indication of where to place Cilmi as an artist. And while that may infuriate chronic pigeonholers, it's also part of Ten's beauty – it may be a mere stepping stone to something more defined in the bigger picture, but there's an unpredictability and a talent on display that implies she knows exactly where she's going."[18] Pierre Oitmann of Dutch news site Nu.nl cites Gabriella Cilmi as being "every record company mogul's wet dream (...) effortlessly adjusting to the musical genre of choice", and giving the album 7 out of 10 stars.[19]


The album's lead single, "On a Mission", was released on 5 February 2010 in Australia, and 7 March in the UK. It is accompanied by a £250,000 music video, billed as a homage to Barbarella.[1][2] The song reached the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart and top 20 on the ARIA Singles Chart, where it was certified Gold.[20] Hearts Don't Lie" was released as the second single, it was released in the UK on 7 June 2010.[21] It performed less successfully, failing to chart in Australia, and reaching a lowly number 134 in the UK.[22] "Defender" was released as the album's third and final single on 30 August 2010 exclusively in the UK, where it failed to appear on the singles chart. Promotional releases of "Defender" issued the single as a double-A Side with its b-side "Magic Carpet Ride", which also appeared as a b-side on "On a Mission" and a bonus track on Ten.[23]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "On a Mission" George Astasio, Gabriella Cilmi, Jason Pebworth, Jon Shave The Invisible Men 3:02
2. "Hearts Don't Lie" Cilmi, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Owen Parker Xenomania 4:04
3. "What If You Knew" Astasio, Cilmi, Pebworth, Shave, Justin Griffiths, Parker Ighile, Kyle Abrahams The Invisible Men, Parker & James 2:41
4. "Love Me Cos You Want To" Astasio, Cilmi, Pebworth, Shave, Ellie Goulding The Invisible Men, Cilmi, Lumberjack 4:21
5. "Defender" Astasio, Cilmi, Pebworth, Shave The Invisible Men 3:44
6. "Robots" Astasio, Cilmi, Pebworth, Shave, Dan Smith The Invisible Men 4:01
7. "Superhot" Cilmi, Paul Harris, Nick Clow, Luciana, Ian Masterson Harris, Masterson 3:37
8. "Boys" Dallas Austin, Cilmi Austin 3:50
9. "Invisible Girl" Astasio, Cilmi, Pebworth, Shave, Ighile, Abrahams, Rita Ora The Invisible Men, Parker & James 3:35
10. "Glue" Austin Austin 4:19
11. "Let Me Know" Astasio, Cilmi, Pebworth, Shave, Tim Larcombe The Invisible Men 3:32
12. "Superman" Cilmi, James Bourne, Greg Kurstin Kurstin 3:43
13. "Sweet About Me" (re-recorded; Twenty Ten version) (bonus track) Cilmi, Cooper, Higgins, Tim Larcombe   3:28


Chart (2010) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 17
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 73
Belgian Heatseekers Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 71
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[28] 63
European Albums (Billboard)[29] 74
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 61
Greek International Albums (IFPI)[31] 6
Italian Albums (FIMI)[32] 59
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33] 28
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 29
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 28


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