With Firebird, her first original album in more than a decade, Imbruglia reflects on the highs and lows of her career – and the new crop of artists she inspired

Natalie Imbruglia is not afraid to talk about the lowest point of her career. “Oh yeah, I quit. Effectively, in my head, I wasn’t going back to music,” she says. She’s speaking to Guardian Australia over Zoom from her home in Oxfordshire in England. It’s early morning and her camera is switched off because, by her own description, she “looks like death”.

Imbruglia was just 16 in 1992 when she was cast as Beth Brennan on Neighbours. But if her name is familiar to you, it’s more likely because of Torn: a cover of a 1995 song by US band Ednaswap that turned Imbruglia into a global pop sensation two years later.

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