Australia’s Gabriella Cilmi: Lessons to Be Learned

Gabriella Cilmi (pronounced chill-me)
Lessons to Be Learned

She hails from Australia with a 6-week stint at #1 with “Sweet About Me” off her forth-coming album Lessons to Be Learned. She’s toured with James Blunt and she’s only 17 years old.

She’s had great success in 10 different countries and she’s hoping for the same success in the United States with help from Universal Republic. The album, Lessons to Be Learned,is no doubt going to be a success (watch for her on VH1’s You Oughta Know artist). It’s filled with the catch pop choruses that everyone will start singing even if you don’t like the song. “Sweet About Me” is now stuck in my head and after seeing the video; I think it is a great song. In the video Gabriella looks all sweet and innocent and mid-vid she is tying up men from the ceiling and to chairs.

More on Lessons to Be Learned and the Video after the jump…

“Sanctuary” is another must listen to off the album. Its beat is in-between a ballad and song you want to dance to, but it’s not quite fast enough. In the end you just start bobbing your head and singing “Lying here in my sanctuary, days go past it’s autumn already, and I wish it would thunder.”

The song that turned me off right away is the song that is being released as the 2nd UK single, “Save the Lies.” It has this disco feel to it and it brought back to many bad disco song memories. I can imagine if it was remixed without the disco sound I would actually like it.

One song that has another catchy chorus is “Got No Place.” Again its catchy but the lyrics don’t make much sense. Of course maybe I am not a deep person and having a “caterpillar in my soul” means something.

Overall her voice is reminiscent of Amy Winehouse. I am just hoping Gabriella doesn’t have a cotton candy machine filled with cocaine at her house and have the same stage antics. Well, if she does (have a laced cotton candy machine) I really don’t want to know.

This is a solid B+ and worth picking up on iTunes or Amazon. If it weren’t for the disco song it would have earned an A.  It is backed by very ear pleasing pop songs. The United States can look for the album to drop March 17th, 2009.


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  1. […] The place is packed and she gets onstage and is already full animated. She opens with her ultra-super poppy “Got No Place to Go.” I call it the Caterpillar song. She sings of a caterpillar in her soul, maybe it’s an Australian thing. See the Album Review Here. […]

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