When a good friend of mine came back from a trip to the UK in addition to hearing him tell stories of the places he visited, since we’re kind ofÂ music nerds, most of of what I yearned to hear about was the music he encountered across the pond. Â He immediately let me know about this song he couldn’t escape when he was on vacation.Â “This chick is very YOU” he told me. Â I guess the constant exposure to the song left him with some gaps in his memory as all he could tell me at the time was the name of the song, “Sweet About Me”.Â I quickly scribbled it down on a piece of paper and slipped it in my pocket–excited to get home and solve this musical mystery.
About a day later I found that piece of paper on my desk and went to the first place I figured would get me instant restults–YouTube.Â Seconds later I find Gabriella Cilmi making her way around the room checking in on some ex-loves caught in a cargo net, tied to a chair, dangling upside from the ceiling, and taped to the floor (among other places and punishments).Â She slinks around the room reminding singing the chorus, “Sweet about me, nothing’s sweet about me…”
There are many Â moments on her debut, LESSONS TO BE LEARNED that are pure pop, but there’s some slices of soul hidden as well. Â “Don’t Wanna Go To Bed Now” and “Terrifying” have the potential to be huge sing-along tracks–they’d easily fit alongside her pop music peers in the US.Â The UK release contains aÂ bonusÂ cover of the Martha & the Muffins hitÂ “Echo Beach”.Â My initial thought (I’ll admit, I’d never heard this song before, so I did a little research and learned it was aÂ cover) was that songÂ feels like it was written to complement a reality show about young kids growing up in the sunny town of Echo Beach.Â Â Gabriela’s cover is actually used as the theme for the UK Soap “Echo Beach”
She’s got a voice on her. Â Honestly–there’s something I do like about every track on the record–and it’s not all upbeat, as she slows things down on “Einstein” and “Sit In The Blues”. Â I even stumbled upon her tackling Ne-Yo’s “Closer”–and it was pretty good. Â The videos are worth checking out on YouTube–kinda cutesy and fun. Â I’d feared this CD wouldn’t see the light of day in the States, but “Lessons To Be Learned” lands in stores, Tuesday, September 16. Â