Natalie Imbruglia Counting Down the Days [Sony BMG] Natalie Imbruglia's public life has included a stint of modelling, acting in the Australian soap Neighbours, a period of international chart success with the breakthrough single Torn, and a role in the movie Johnny English - before almost disappearing off the showbiz radar. Her second release, White Lilies Island, did little to build on the success of the debut Left of the Middle. So, her hiatus has, perhaps, been the best career move she's made. Imbruglia is back - albeit with a lilt rather than a bang - with Counting Down the Days. The latest offering is like lying in a hammock on a sun-drenched island, with the uplifting mood being set early by Starting Today and Shiver. When Imbruglia sings about love, there's an authenticity to the words. This set plays like a monologue portraying Imbruglia's relationship with her other half, Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns. The listener becomes an eavesdropper on the album, which Johns helped produce and which includes a track (Satisfied) that he wrote. The mood of Counting Down the Days is mostly one of optimism and hope. Imbruglia has carved a niche in the market - she clearly has a knack for writing good songs such as I Won't Be Lost and delivering them with enough sense of promise to make it an enjoyable listening experience.