Natalie Imbruglia Unveils The Dark And Dreamy Cover Of Comeback LP ‘Male’

Mike Wass | March 20, 2015 3:43 pm
Natalie Returns With A Daft Punk Cover
And she's (almost) back! Natalie Imbruglia's comeback single is a Daft Punk cover.

One of the most exciting (and unexpected) pop comebacks of 2015 is the long-overdue return of Natalie Imbruglia. While the singer/songwriter’s output has been infrequent since the release of 1997 debut LP Left Of The Middle, the quality has been consistently high. (For a crash course in all things Imbruglia, start with 2005’s gorgeous “Shiver” and receive pure life from 2009’s twisted “Want”).

The 40-year-old’s first album in six years is a collection of covers originally recorded by men — hence the title Male — and she unveiled the arresting, somewhat ominous cover today (March 20). It shows Natalie’s ridiculously perfect face framed by a man’s tattooed arms, and that uneasy juxtaposition of beauty and vulnerability is also reflected in the LP’s lead single. Her version of Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas’ “Instant Crush” is sparse, moody and emotional. It’s a promising way to get the ball rolling again.

Here is Natalie’s striking album cover in full:

And the tracklist (with the original artist in parentheses):

1. Instant Crush (Daft Punk)
2. Cannonball (Damian Rice)
3. The Summer (Josh Pike)
4. I’ll Follow You Into The Dark (Death Cab For Cutie)
5. Goodbye in His Eyes (Zac Brown Band)
6. Friday I’m in Love (The Cure)
7. Naked as We Came (Iron & Wine)
8. Let My Love Open the Door (Pete Townshend)
9. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Neil Young)
10. I Melt With You (Modern English)
11. The Waiting (Tom Petty)
12. The Wind (Cat Stevens)

Make sure you listen to Natalie’s Daft Punk cover over at Stereogum. Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

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