Apple Music Home Session: Natalie Imbruglia

Apple Music Home Session: Natalie Imbruglia

When producer and songwriter Phil Thornalley first played “Torn” to Natalie Imbruglia, it was already a well-traveled track. Thornalley, a former bassist with The Cure, had written the song with two members of US alt-rock band Ednaswap. As well as their version, there had also been covers by Danish pop star Lis Sørensen and US-Norwegian singer Trine Rein. None were as successful as Imbruglia’s 1997 take on the track would be, though. Released as her debut single, “Torn” earned Imbruglia a Grammy nomination and Top 10 placings in numerous countries. “This song will always hold a special place in my heart,” she tells Apple Music. “It was the start of my music career and a massive turning point in my life. I will never forget the day Phil Thornalley played me this track. It resonated so deeply with me, which in turn made it resonate with everybody else when I sang it. My memory from recording the vocal was how many different ways Phil Thornalley had me sing it. He taught me a lot about vocal performance. He gave me some tips I still use to this day.” For this Apple Music Home Session, Imbruglia brings us a new acoustic version. Even 25 years after first recording the song, she still finds ways to give it currency. “The funny thing about songs for me is, it doesn’t always have to take you back,” she says. “It can resonate with what you’re going through in the present moment. So when I sing it now, I am thinking about completely different things to when I sang it all those years ago. That’s how I keep it fresh.” Imbruglia also serves up an acoustic version of “Just Like Old Times,” from her 2021 album Firebird. “As a songwriter, you always hope to capture a specific emotion so that it will resonate with the listener,” she says. “And I’d like to think we did that on this track. I’m a romantic. I think everyone has that special someone from their past who they don’t necessarily want to be with now, but they still hold dear. That is what this song is about.”


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