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A covers album from the Aussie songbird who sang “Torn”

Natalie Imbruglia


If you always dreamed you’d get a chance to hear Natalie Imbruglia sing “I Melt With You,” your future just got a little more open wide. This Australian pop thrush broke hearts around the world back in the Nineties with her classic karaoke weeper “Torn,” and Male has that same lying-naked-on-the-floor vibe: Imbruglia covers 12 songs made famous by dude acts, including Neil Young, Tom Petty, Pete Townshend, Death Cab for Cutie and Zac Brown Band. The ache in her voice oddly suits Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush” and Iron and Wine’s “Naked as We Came.” The best moment is the most bizarre: Imbruglia turns the Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” into a country hoedown, complete with a so-not-goth banjo solo.                


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