Singing Means So Much to Me; Torn Singer Natalie Imbruglia Talks to MARION MCMULLEN about How She Is Giving the Guys a Run for Their Money with Her First Album in Six Years

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Singing Means So Much to Me; Torn Singer Natalie Imbruglia Talks to MARION MCMULLEN about How She Is Giving the Guys a Run for Their Money with Her First Album in Six Years


Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

TURNING 40 earlier this year did not phase the irrepressible Natalie Imbruglia. Instead the youthful-looking Aussie threw a big party and prepared for her return to the music scene.

"The only singing I'd done for the last year has been in the shower," laughs Natalie, "but the voice is still working. It's been lovely recording again. I enjoy singing. It makes me happy. I didn't realise how much it meant to me. I stopped enjoying it for a while so I did other things for a bit, but recording the new album has just been the most incredible experience.

"It can be scary to walk away from a career even for a while, especially the music industry in the current climate."

Male, which is released on August 21, is a collection of new interpretations of songs all performed and written by men including Daft Punk, The Cure, Cat Stevens, Damien Rice, Tom Petty and Zac Brown Band among others.

It is Natalie's first album after a six-year hiatus and she declares: "It's like a cathartic album, so I got a lot off my chest and I come out at the end of it feeling strong."

The three-time Grammy nominee and Brit Award winner admits it was challenging choosing the final songs to cover for Male and jokes that she would have had to record 10 albums to include all her favourites.

Instead the journey through love and heartbreak includes touching renditions of I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie and Neil Young's Only Love Can Break Your Heart.

The lead track is Daft Punk's Instant Crush and the album also includes the classic and heartfelt Damien Rice penned hit Cannonball as well as the gentle Goodbye In His Eyes by Zac Brown Band.

The countdown to the album's release is keeping Natalie busy, but she says she is feeling relaxed and happy after spending time in the sun on holiday with Kylie Minogue on the French Riveria. …

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