“Leave Me Alone” – Natalie Imbruglia

I somehow overlooked this one off of Natalie Imbruglia’s ubiquitous 1998 album Left of the Middle.  I was probably too busy singing along to “Torn.”

Very Portishead-y, isn’t it?  Everyone and his mom is saying that Portishead actually had something to do with this track, but I can’t seem to find any evidence of that aside from people’s YouTube comments (if you can call them “people” or their words “comments”).  Best one: “this was the most horrible thing Portishead could do to them selves: allowing a pop singer with an avarage voice to embarras the the orchestra on top of it all.”  Umm… What?

Isn’t it frustrating that now when someone posts a video on YouTube and credits it to “Natalie Imbruglia & Portishead” and lists the description as, “Natalie Imbrugalia sampled by Portishead from album Left of the Middle,” everyone just believes it?  Never mind the fact that Left of the Middle is Natalie Imbruglia’s album, so if anything it would be Portishead sampled by Natalie Imbruglia, not the other way around.  It makes me so angry!  If we do not have accuracy for posterity, what do we have?!

Let’s get back to the song.  I love it.  I’m perfectly happy that someone saw fit to adopt Portishead’s aesthetic and I’m sure if we look back to 1998 we’ll find that this wasn’t the only time that someone copied the musical style of a successful act.  Natalie handles the vocals capably.  My favorite line: “You like me to stroke you.  Careful I don’t choke you.”  Haha yes!  “Leave me alone” is uttered in my internal monologue at least twice per average evening at an LA bar.

The only parts of this song which I simply cannot abide are the sections with this pseudo-skipping record type of effect and Natalie’s voice sounding as though they asked her to pinch her nose closed.  Someone should’ve gone to (for my Project Runway fans) the Nina Garcia Fashion Director of Marie Claire Magazine school of editing and chopped that right out.

In summary: Your standard late ’90s trip hop goodness.  And pretty eyes.


~ by starcollecteur on October 30, 2012.

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