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Echoing the authentic '60s retro-soul of Amy Winehouse, Australian teen vocalist Gabriella Cilmi's breakthrough hit, "Sweet About Me," was something of a red herring, as its parent album, Lessons to Be Learned, had much more in common with the self-described "sprock" of Anastacia and the spiky inventive pop of Girls Aloud, unsurprisingly considering that their long-term producers, Xenomania, were at the helm for its entire 12 tracks. But following her appearance at Glastonbury, her support slot on James Blunt's tour down under, and interviews citing Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin as her main influences, it's a surprise that instead of being preoccupied with establishing her "serious artist" credentials, her second album, Ten, is an even more commercial affair, inspired by both the Studio 54 disco sounds of the '70s and the new wave/synth pop scene of the '80s. Indeed, lead single "On a Mission," a gloriously camp retro-fueled anthem, manages to evoke the spirit of Olivia Newton-John's "Xanadu," Toni Basil's "Mickey," and the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian," all in one Hi-NRG three-minute song. It's a bold statement of intent that indicates from the offset that far from the half-expected tortured singer/songwriter vibe, Ten is only concerned with having fun. Elsewhere, Xenomania's sole contribution, "Hearts Don't Lie," is a funky bass-driven dancefloor filler that could easily have been lifted from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, "Invisible Girl" is the kind of slinky robotic synth pop Goldfrapp so cleverly revived, and "Superhot" apes the pulsating production of Donna Summer's iconic "I Feel Love." Best of all is the twinkling synth-led "Love Me Cos," which recalls the gorgeous electronic melancholy of Grace's '90s hit "Not Over Yet." The epic beats of the Dido-esque power "Defender," the gospel-fused "Let Me Know," and the laid-back sultry midtempo "Superman" offer a respite from the party atmosphere, but as competent as they are, Ten is much more interesting when Cilmi unleashes her previously hidden disco diva tendencies. If her aim was to distance herself from the albatross of "Sweet About Me," this unexpected and convincing career re-invention might just do the trick.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2010
Label: Universal Import
UPC: 0602527318844
catalogNumber: 2731884
Rank: 125130

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gabriella Cilmi   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nick Coler   Guitar,Keyboards,Xylophone
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Tony Reyes   Guitar
Brian Higgins   Keyboards,Xylophone
Ian Masterson   Keyboards
Marc Parnell   Drums
Jon Mills   Bass,Guitar
Chris Potts   Vocals
Chris Worsey   Cello
Fred Falke   Keyboards
Greg Fleming   Keyboards
Mitch Stevens   Vocals
Jon Shave   Keyboards
Joe Holweger   Guitar
Alice Smith   Background Vocals
Jason Pebworth   Keyboards
George Astasio   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
ACM Gospel Choir   Vocals
Laura Miller   Vocals
Owen Parker   Guitar,Keyboards
Tim Larcombe   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Tim Powell   Keyboards
Oliver Langford   Viola
Joelle Moses   Background Vocals
Christine Gudgin   Vocals
Robekah Allen   Violin
Joanna Breheny   Vocals
Nick Squlies   Cello
James Eraise   Vocals
Rikki Ancell   Vocals
Natalie Hamson   Vocals
Mariatu Conieh   Vocals
Charlotte Hamson   Vocals
Paul Flumphies   Vocals
Sara Roboto   Vocals
Freyja Sculpher   Vocals
Beanie Bhebhe   Keyboards
Henry Bowers-Broadbent   Keyboards
Felicity Nunn   Vocals
Jason Resen   Guitar
Natalles Palmer   Vocals
Max Balley   Violin
Aldan Neeson   Keyboards
Jenny Gibbons   Vocals
Ed Whicher   Vocals
Amy Eltekhail   Vocals
Emily Lambros   Vocals
Jason Rosch   Guitar
Kleren Jones   Bass
Adam Coney   Guitar
Rachel Alderson   Vocals
George Mason   Vocals
Adam Walls   Vocals
Zion Desta Wilson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer
Nick Coler   Programming
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Rick Sheppard   Engineer
Nick Clow   Composer
Brian Higgins   Composer,Programming,Producer
Ian Masterson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Invisible Man   Producer
Lucy Shaw   String Arrangements
Luciana Caporaso   Composer
Jon Mills   Engineer
Timothy Powell   Composer
Xenomania   Composer,Producer
Fred Falke   Additional Production
Greg Fleming   Programming,Engineer
Jon Shave   Composer,Programming
Miranda Cooper   Composer
Jason Pebworth   Composer,Programming
George Astasio   Composer,Programming
Nicholas John   Composer
Gabriella Cilmi   Composer,Producer
Justin Griffiths   Composer
Rita Ora   Composer
Owen Parker   Composer,Programming
Ellie Goulding   Composer
Tim Larcombe   Composer,Programming
Mike Boddy   Engineer
Tim Powell   Composer,Programming
Tinashé   Additional Production
Oli Davies   Additional Production
Spencer Dewing   Engineer
James Bourine   Composer
Beanie Bhebhe   Programming
Henry Bowers-Broadbent   Programming,Engineer
Aldan Neeson   Programming

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