Come to Life

Come to Life
Come to Life
Studio album by Natalie Imbruglia
Released 2 October 2009 (2009-10-02)
(See release history)
Recorded 2007–2009 in London, England
Genre Pop, pop rock, dance-pop
Length 37:57
Label Malabar, Island
Producer Rik Simpson, Ben Hillier, Dave McCracken, Gary Clark, Jamie Hartman, Paul Harris, Sheppard Solomon, Brian Eno
Natalie Imbruglia chronology
Glorious: The Singles 1997–2007
Come to Life
Singles from Come to Life
  1. "Want"
    Released: 28 September 2009 (2009-09-28)[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Dot Music 6/10 stars[3]
MusicOMH 3.5/5 stars[4]
NME (5/10)[5] 7/10 stars[6]
Q Magazine 2/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]

Come to Life is the fourth studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia and is her first on her own label, Malabar Records. It was released on Island Records on 2 October 2009 in Australia. It was announced UK release was delayed so that Imbruglia could concentrate on her duties with the Australian version of The X Factor franchise. As of mid-2011, the album has still not been released in the UK.[8]


Production history and song information

The album took nearly four years to complete, with Imbruglia acknowledging to a journalist in April 2009 "I get frustrated because I’d like to produce more work...It’s something that bugs me about myself, but I don’t really know any other way. And I’m not motivated by money, so I need to get things done right."[9]

In February 2009, The Sun claimed that Imbruglia was collaborating with Chris Martin from Coldplay. It was later confirmed by Martin himself and people involved in the recording process that he had worked with Imbruglia on a "string of tracks".[10][11]

In April 2009, she discussed the direction of the album with an Australian journalist. "I feel the same creative buzz I felt when I first started my career...It's just fun and artistic and creative and all the things it should be. There's still a lot of depth to the songs...It just sounds fresher to me. I've tried different things - there's more electronic stuff in there, and that's different for me, more dance beats. There's a freedom overall, and a sense of confidence. It's slightly less introspective ..."[12] The album "combines dark, driving beats and gorgeously wistful ballads".[13]

The song "Lukas", produced by Brian Eno and Rik Simpson, has been confirmed to be left-off from Coldplay's recording session for the album "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends". "Scars" and "My God" were recorded between 2006 and 2007. A snippet of "Scars" and a full instrumental track were posted on Imbruglia's official MySpace. An early demo of the latter was leaked to the Internet in early February 2009.

"Flirting", which appears as the bonus track in the Japanese release, is written by Goldspot frontman Siddhartha Khosla and Natalie Imbruglia.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "My God"   Natalie Imbruglia, Crispin Hunt Ben Hillier 4:04
2. "Lukas"   Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin Brian Eno, Rik Simpson 3:50
3. "Fun"   Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin Ken Nelson 4:22
4. "Twenty"   Imbruglia, Sheppard Solomon Ben Hillier 3:57
5. "Scars"   Imbruglia, Jamie Hartman Rik Simpson, Jon Hopkins, Leo Abrahams 3:32
6. "Want"   Imbruglia, Kat Kourtney, Gary Clark, Chris Martin Rik Simpson 4:20
7. "WYUT"   Imbruglia, Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider Alain Johannes 3:20
8. "Cameo"   Imbruglia, Hillier, Dave McCracken Dave McCracken, Ben Hillier 3:13
9. "All the Roses"   Imbruglia, Clark Ben Hillier 3:29
10. "Wild About It"   Imbruglia, Hillier, McCracken McCracken, Ben Hillier 4:08
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
11. "Flirting"   Imbruglia, Siddhartha Khosla   5:00


Although not officially released as a single, a music video was filmed for the song "Wild About It" in London, England. The video was directed by Mike Baldwin and features cameo appearances by British comedians Alan Carr and David Walliams.[14]

"Want" was officially released as the album's lead single on 28 September 2009.[1] Released only as a digital download, the track reached number six on the Italian singles chart[15] and number 88 on the UK singles chart.[16]

"Scars" was supposed to become the second and final single. The single was originally due to be released on 26 April 2010, however, due to contractual issues with the record label, was cancelled. It was announced three weeks later the single would actually be released on 5 July, nearly a year after the previous single, "Want" was released, but it was cancelled along with the UK album release.


Natalie Imbruglia announced some warm up shows to promote her new album.

Chart performance and sales

Come to Life entered the Australian albums chart at #67 on 19 October 2009, making this Imbruglia's worst performing album to date. It sold 740 copies in its first week of release.[19] In its second week, it dropped to #89, spending only two weeks in the top 100. In Switzerland, the album started at #70 in the charts on 18 October 2009.[20]


Chart (2009) Peak
ARIA Top 100 Albums[19] 67
ARIA Top 100 Physical Albums[21] 81
ARIA Top 20 Australian Albums1[21] 18
Italian Albums Chart[22] 34
Russian Albums Chart[23] 25
Swiss Albums Chart[24] 70

1 Chart by Australian artists.

Release history

Region Date Label
Republic of Ireland[25] 2 October 2009 Island Records
United Kingdom
(Digital release)[28]
New Zealand[29] 9 October 2009 Universal Australia
Europe[28] 12 October 2009 Island Records
Japan[31] 14 October 2009 Universal Music
(Digital release)[32]
20 October 2009 Malabar Records
Germany 6 November 2009[33] Island Records
United Kingdom
(Physical release)[28]


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  9. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia overcomes naked ambition in Closed For Winter" The Sunday Telegraph, 16 April 2009
  10. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia and Chris Martin Do it Together" Undercover, 21 February 2009
  11. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia on Closed for Winter, and Chris Martin songs" Herald Sun, 23 April 2009
  12. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia's dark beauty" Sydney Morning Herald, 14 April 2009
  13. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia news 'in brief'". Popjustice. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia’s Wild About It by Michael Baldwin". 20 August 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  15. ^ "Italian Chart Positions". eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
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  18. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia at B1 Maximum" (in English/Russian). B1Arena. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  19. ^ a b "Natalie Imbruglia's comeback a flop". The Daily Telegraph. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
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  23. ^ "Российский чарт 42-2009" (in Russian). 2M-Online. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
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  30. ^ "Guest: Natalie Imbruglia". Rove. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  31. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia - Come to Life (CD)". Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  32. ^ (Spanish) "Come to Life". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  33. ^ (German) "Come to Life von Natalie Imbruglia". Retrieved 24 October 2009.

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