'Torn' singer Imbruglia opts for 'Male' company in new album

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - After a six-year hiatus, singer Natalie Imbruglia returns to music with a new album, her fifth, a compilation of tracks originally sung by men.

"Male" features covers of songs such as Cat Stevens' "The Wind", Tom Petty's "The Waiting", Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love".

"The female artists, for some reason, it felt more scary and like a direct comparison," Imbruglia told Reuters. "I think when you flip the sex ... it's instantly a different interpretation because we're coming from different places emotionally. I just found it more fun."

The Australian native and British citizen, also an actress, became known for music with hit single "Torn" in 1997, which earned her a Grammy Award nomination.

Her last album "Come to Life" was released in late 2009.

"It became not just about who you like but being smart about ... what suits your voice and what you can give credit to. So that helped with my song choice," she said of "Male".

"I'm a romantic and I love these kind of songs. I wanted to do something very organic, very classic production, no electronic sounds and very vocally driven. And these songs lend themselves to that vibe."

The track Imbruglia says she is most proud of is "The Summer" by Josh Pyke, mainly because it was tough to sing.

"The guy doesn't take a breath. So I'm proud of the fact that I was actual able to do it," she said. "I think it turned out beautiful and it reminds me of Australia."   Continued...

Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia arrives for the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in central London September 8, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville