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Melody - Sharleen Spiteri
My first review for a while, it just had to be music!
So, Sharleen Spiteri, Glaswegian rock chick, ex Texas, singing 60's covers, and some originals that sound like 60's covers; it has disaster written all over it. However, on it's release it stayed in the UK top 10 for 5 weeks, though admittedly, getting to a high spot of number 3 does not take too much these days; a fan base of Facebook lesbians, which she has probably boosted the chart placing substantially.
I am going to start by saying that 'All the Times I Cried' absolutely blew me away. It is nothing short of fantastic. Brilliantly clear and sexy vocals, a kind of cross between Marianne Faithfull and Amy Winehouse, a very, very catchy backing instrumental and a booming baritone sax', a la Ms Winehouse. How this never made the charts (highly) as a single I just do not know.
Unfortunately this song is very much a high point, and along with 'I wonder' stands as the only worthwhile track(s) to download.
Okay, maybe I am being a bit harsh. This is a major departure for Ms Spiteri and quite brave, so in the words of Chris Moyle when refusing to slag off an artist 'You have to respect her for what she is doing'. Actually, I really do, and there are moments in the album when you forget that she used to front Texas and feel that she is another in a zeitgeist line that has produced Duffy, Winehouse, Adele etc. Only she isn't. She has been around the music scene, having considerable success for years, so I am not quite sure why now, why this.
If you are a Duffy fan, or an early Motown fan, this album might, just might appeal. However, it lacks the raw energy of early Motown and is too 'polished'. It also lacks the quirkiness and individuality of Duffy. It is little wonder that it is selling as a complete album on iTunes for under a fiver. Yet strangely each individual track is selling for 99p.
My advice, buy track 2 and be happy with that. There is some irony in the title of track 8, Sorry Sharleen, go back to being rock chick.
Full Track Listing:
1. It Was You
2. All the Times I Cried
3. Stop, I Don't Love You Anymore
5. I Wonder
6. I'm Going to Haunt You
7. Don't Keep Me Waiting
8. You Let Me Down
9. Where Did It Go Wrong"
10. Day Tripping
l Got this album a few days ago. Although l like it lm not really really taken with it yet. I think l just prefer her and know her as Texas. Putting that aside the album is quite good. She has some good songs on the album. She has a beautiful voice. The songs are quite different to the stuff she has done before, so its good to see her trying new things out, and it works well. I think its one of those albums that will grow on me the more l listen. It may take a while to get to grips with her singing solo. So in all, l do recommend this album, just dont expect it to be like her other stuff, because it is very different and l think you would be quite shocked, thats not to say you will be disappointed, its a good album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 It Was You
2 All The Times I Cried
3 Stop, I Don't Love You Anymore
5 I Wonder
6 I'm Going To Haunt You
7 Don't Keep Me Waiting
8 You Let Me Down
9 Where Did It Go Wrong
10 Day Tripping