Lily Moayeri

music journalist since 1992 teacher since 2004 blogger since 2012 podcaster since 2020

Gabriella Cilmi: Lessons To Be Learned (Universal)

Reviewed for Venus Zine:

Gabriella Cilmi Lessons To Be Learned (Universal)

Gabriella Cilmi
Lessons To Be Learned (Universal)
By Lily Moayeri
Published: March 22nd, 2009 | 9:00am

Italian-Australian Gabriella Cilmi’s (pronounced “chill-me”) debut album, Lessons To Be Learned, instantly infuses you with the feeling of empowerment. This is particularly potent if you are a woman, as her beefy belting out of determined beliefs will have you agreeing before you have a chance to think about it.

Thick as syrup, rich as chocolate, and as full as an apologetic mass of red roses, Cilmi’s voice is brimming with the assurance of someone who is doing what she was born to be doing. The threats and taunts Cilmi delivers with snarls on album opener “Save the Lies” are tempered with body-shaking teases when she warns, “You better be good to me.” There is sincere soul pouring out of Cilmi’s throat that will have you swearing she is first cousins with Tina Turner or Billie Holiday — managing to morph their rasps into sneers. She turns her voice 180 degrees as she approaches the slower numbers, such as “Einstein” and “Sanctuary,” showing a range that makes her upbeat songs even more impressive. The way she croons over “Sit In the Blues” lulls you into a feeling of safety with gentle, rocking motions, while “Got No Place To Go” has a Lily Allen thing going on with its verbal rapid fire.

The versatility of the songs is credited to British production team Xenomania, but it is Cilmi who is bringing her particular brand of brash feistiness to them. All this fuss, and little Gabby Cilmi is only 17 years old. For a blast of genuinely pure energy stronger than any chemically frightening drink out there, plug Lessons To Be Learned into your ear holes.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Information

This entry was posted on March 22, 2009 by in Reviews and tagged , , , , , , .

Pictures of Lily Twitter

Pictures of Lily Instagram

RSS Pictures of Lily Podcast

  • Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 1.20: Suzi Quatro September 9, 2020
    In the 20th episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my experiences behind the scenes of interviewing Suzi Quatro about her documentary, Suzi Q for Under The Radar. Listen here: … Continue reading →
    Lily Moayeri
  • Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 1.19: The Go-Go’s August 26, 2020
    In the 19th episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my experiences behind the scenes of interviewing The Go-Go’s about their self-titled Showtime documentary for Los Angeles Magazine. Listen here: Or … Continue reading →
    Lily Moayeri
  • Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 1.18: The Streets August 12, 2020
    In the 18th episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my experiences behind the scenes of interviewing Mike Skinner aka The Streets, for his mixtape, None Of Us Is Getting … Continue reading →
    Lily Moayeri
%d bloggers like this: