Q (4/00, p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...a good, ahem, left-of-the-middle pop album in 1997 and it still sounds good. The soaring slide guitar and imploring vocals of 'Torn' still make an eager, instant impression....Not bad at all."
Melody Maker (11/29/97, p.45) - "...waivers from infectious jangley to scary trip-hop."
Personnel includes: Natalie Imbruglia.
Producers: Paul Thornalley, Mark Goldenberg, Andy Wright, Matt Bronleewee.
Natalie Imbruglia was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. "Torn" was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
One thing is for certain, Natalie Imbruglia has her late-'90s Pop Chick thing down. The slightly off-kilter melodies, the artfully sampled rhythms, the Fionaesque cover photo, the romantic sturm und drang lyrics, the tasteful synth and electric piano, the in-your face vocals, it's all here. Anyone enamored of Alanis, Meredith Brooks, the aforementioned Apple or their artier godmother Tori should find plenty of reason to rejoice on LEFT OF THE MIDDLE. It's a seamless pop artifact, with nary a leak anywhere in the ship, from production to songwriting to performance, and it's easy to see why this album placed newcomer Natalie on the top of the charts.