After her second album, White Lilies Island, was only mildly successful, the astoundingly beautiful Natalie took three years to compile Counting Down the Days. Unfortunately Natalie's beauty far outweighs her talent as a singer. But unlike the another Australian "Neighbours" actress turned pop star, Natalie's been strangely unwilling to use sex to sell records.
There isn't anything spectacular about this album, but there are some highlights. Catchy tracks like "Starting Today"," Shiver" and "Counting down the days" will have you singing along in no time.
The album is predominately about love and longing, and may be inspired by the fact that Natalie and her musician husband live on opposite ends of the globe. (Something she says she's comfortable with because it stops her "...getting too happy and writing shit songs". )
The slightly more up-tempo "Sanctuary" and "Perfectly" provide a welcome antidote to the melancholy. The strange and magical final track "Honeycomb Child" track takes a completely different direction and adds some spark to the album.
- Ashlin Simpson
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID
"A rather nice selection of bright and breezy songs of the guitar pop persuasion."- BBC courtesy Top of the Pops
Counting Down The Days demonstrates how the former Neighbours actress has evolved into an organic and formidable singing/songwriting talent.- George Young for Manchester Online
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