Gabriella Cilmi - Lessons to Be LearnedLike the Welsh star Duffy, this precocious Aussie sings with a voice that’s soulful well beyond her tender years. Just 17, Gabriella sounds a lot like Duffy, sounding like Dusty Springfield, on the sultry “Sanctuary” and the harmonica-filled “Round and Round.” Elsewhere on her debut album, there are shades of girl-group pop (the Go-Gos-like “Got No Place to Go”) and Kylie Minogue (the poppy disco of “Save the Lies”). Gabriella is best when striking a sassy pose, as she does on the infectious single “Sweet About Me.”

March 2009

 

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