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Natalie lmbruglia: Apollo, Manchester ***

Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, 10 November 1998

IF ANYONE doubts the thespian talents of Neighbours, they should look at Natalie lmbruglia. While her displays as Beth were hampered by scripts and career-threatening perms, in her current role as a pop star she gives the performance of her life. She can sing, she can dance, she can do "tortured" on the undeniably lovely 'Torn', she can sell 5.5 million copies of her Left Of The Middle album. And she can thrill her army of fans with her shrill voice and massively marketed cutesy looks without revealing the merest hint of character.

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