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Melanie C a.k.a Sporty Spice has always been seen as the Spice Girl who was the best singer in the band, and ultimately the only Spice Girl who has pursued a quite successful music career as a solo artist. Her first album 'Northern Star' became the most successful solo Spice album so there must have been a huge amount of pressure for her to create an outstanding follow-up album. After releasing 'Northern Star' the second album 'Reason' did not come to quick, Melanie decided to take a couple of years out to record this album and to come up with something worthy for the fans to buy. 'Reason' features 12 brand new songs all of which are all but one ('Soul Boy') co-written by Melanie. Here is a brief track by track review of each song with their own individual rating:
'Here It Comes Again' - This was the lead single from the album and reached number 7 in the charts. I believe the record company were expecting this to perform much better than it should have done, after all this was Melanie's comeback singles after almost 4 years away from the music scene. The song itself isn't bad, but to launch the album on the back of this song seems a bit of a mistake in hindsight. It's quite a positive pop song though and one of the better tracks on the album. 9/10.
'Reason' - This is a beautiful piano ballad. Melanie C has one of those voices that you're either going to love or hate. A song about heartache and getting over it and understanding the reason of why the break up occured. 9/10.
'Lose Myself In You' - Quite a mellow pop song here, the verses are slightly weak but the build up to the chorus; "find a better way, to communicate", make up for that. Not a bad song but I feel it could have been tweaked a bit more to sound better. 7/10.
'On The Horizon' - The albums second single, co-written by the singer from the New Radicals and his influence definatly shows on this. It's a nice radio-friendly summery type of pop song, the type you can easily hum along to without realising you're doing it. One of the stand outs. 8/10.
'Positiviely Somewhere' - I get the impression that this song is about Melanie's 'haters'. She did get quite a lot of criticism by someone trying to establish herself as a credible 'rock' star on the back of the Spice Girls, and this song is a kind of message saying that she's not going anywhere. Another strong song 8/10.
'Melt' - Time for another ballad, and this was released as the third and final single from the album as a Double AA side. I really like this song, it's beautiful with positive lyrics about spreading love. The video to this song was a bit of a letdown though, although unfortunate as Melanie had broken her leg at the time and couldn't perform 9/10.
'Do I' - After a stream of brilliant songs it seems we've hit a rocky patch on the album. I don't think there is any need for this song to be on the album, it's weak and typical album filler material. 3/10.
'Soul Boy' - Oh dear, another dissapointing song. This is just a dreary track and makes me want to fall asleep listening to it. 4/10.
'Water' - Things are starting to pick up now. I don't know how to describe this song. It's not a pop song but I don't know what genre it would fit into. It's a nice song that plods along nicely. 9/10.
'Home' - Seems we're not out of the woods yet with another dissapointing song. This is like 'Soul Boy', dreary and lifeless although it does try and pick up towards the end I just don't have the patience to listen to it more than once. 4/10.
'Let's Love' - FINALLY! We're back to hearing some cracking pop music. Let's Love is a fast pace pop song which would sound great on the radio. 8/10.
'Yeah Yeah Yeah' - The albums closing track and the other Double A Side single to 'Melt'. 'Yeah Yeah Yeah' is probably the standout track on the album. It tries to be an anthemic pop/rock stomper which it definatly succeeds to be. A farily unknown song out of the close Melanie C fan community thought but definatly a song you should check out if you liked rocky-pop Mel! 9/10.
'Reason' is not a bad album although does not come up to the standard of 'Northern Star' which is a shame and it it is this album that saw Melanie's music career take a downward slide. There's no denying she is the most creative and passionate Spice Girl regarding music but 'Reason' lacks that ingredient that made her first album a huge success. The next album 'Beautiful Intention' for me, is her best album and maybe that is because it was funded by herself where she had the chance to have total control over her music and which direction to take.
Whilst never really paying much attention to ex Spice Girl Mel C, I have always liked her music as a solo star.
Today I will be reviewing her second album; Reason. This album was released in the United Kingdom in 2003 and so is quite dated. It reached number 5 in the British Album Charts. The CD is currently available to buy from Amazon from as little as £0.06 which I think is fantastic value for money.
~ * Track List * ~
1) Here It Comes Again 2) Reason 3) Love Myself In You 4) On The Horizon 5) Positively Somewhere 6) Melt 7) Do I 8) Soul Boy 9) Water 10) Home 11) Let's Love 12) Yeh, Yeh, Yeh
Compared to her first album 'Northern Star', this album comes across as being a lot more mature and kind of serious compared. This album was definitely a change in direction from the last album.
My favourite songs on the album are 'Here It Comes Again' and 'Reason'. I also like Melt - It has a great instrumental. There are lots of good songs on here but those are my two favourite.
Songs which I don't particularly like are 'Do I' and 'Yeh, Yeh, Yeh' - which comes across as being a bit to try hard and cheesy.
This album is a great easy-listening album as it has such a laid-back kind of vibe which just means that it is perfect for listening to whilst chilling out.
Mel has a soft kind of voice although it is quite nasally. After a while I had had enough of listening to her voice as it is quite samey and she doesn't try different things. Yes, the songs do suit her voice but I would like to see her try different styles of singing just to see what else she can do.
The lyrics are very meaningful. In fact they are quite deep lyrics which are certainly thought provoking. I like how each songs tells a different story.
If you like Mel's singles, I would recommend this album to you.
Thanks for reading!
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Well, i have to say i bought this album a long time ago. I still listen to it sometimes, its really good! It's a great album - why it wasnt more successful i dont know.
The album also shows how much she has grown and matured as an artist since the Spice Girls
The album contains 12 tracks.
Well heres a few highlights
Here It Comes Again - This was the first single to be taken off the album, and it shows off Mel's voice - not as much as it could, but it does. The songs really catchy but after a few listens it's a bit boring.
It sounds really cool, as if its being played through an old radio!
Reason - Song starts off with beautiful piano bit and strings soon come on. This song realy makes her voice sound AMAZING. I always thought she was the best spice girl... (i used to and still do ADORE the spice girls)!
Lose Myself In you - This one is OK but i cant really be arsed to write much about it... its not great not bad either but it doesnt stick in your head.... Uses too much synthesiser and sampled voices, music technology! as well which i think is soooo unlike what melanie should be making.
On The Horizon - This song was (i think!) the second song to be released from the album. It's a real feel-good song!
Anyway, hope you like my very short review of this... any fan of the spice girs should buy this!
I have total respect for Melanie C, to be really honest she's done quite well in her solo career and her aim to have a music career instead of a career based on fame (ahem Beckham) is totally obvious.
Unfortunately, after the release of this album melanie c, was dropped from her record contract due to lack of this album's sales - it somewhat underperformed but too her credit, she made her own record label and she released an ever better album in the form of Beautiful Intentions.
Here It Comes Again was the launch of the album, it's a decent song but no way is it good enough to launch an album with. I much prefer the second single, On| The Horizon, that could have changed things? brillant song. Some great highlights in the album - i got shivers listening to the title track Reason. I also have praise for the brillant and meaningful Melt and Soul Boy. I found some other songs like Home, slightly weaker and filler material.
All in all, one of the better Spice Girls solo albums, its original - Melanie C has an advantage on the others though, she has a wise business head towards fame, her career, music and also she has a stronger voice than any of the other girls based on vocal range and power. This is a good album, by no means amazing - 6 songs on here are amazing, the rest are alright and some are boring. Maybe a Reason EP would have been much better? I'd recommend you buying the singles at the least, but it's an album worth checking out
Melanie C otherwise formely sporty spice. The cheeky scouser.
Well not anymore in this album - this is a matured more subtle melanie c.
I want to start with the artwork. - STUNNING. the cover a white background with big bold silver MELANIE C across a gorgeous picture of melanie hands through her hair open shirt and passionate expression.
Ok music time - the opener and first single from this album - here it comes again - i suppose title wise a good first release as she'd had a 3/4 year break and here she comes again. The songs quite gentle to begin with the soft guitar and her reasuring lyrics - "Hey dont you worry everythings alright you know we're gonna be just fine" and so the song continues in this way - that is until towards the end the guitar gets louder and more well moody really its hard to describe, but it makes the song what it is all thought the lyrics i cant figure "Just like a needle and a gun a circle in a sun a knock upon a hidden door - it is you i adore" a nice start to the album but should of been first release 8/10
Track 2 - Reason - 3 words to describe this song Stunning - Emotional - Tearjerking - only one instrument in this song and that is classical piano - a very mellow ballad - i couldnt really advise what its about but from seeing her live it means alot to her and you can hear that when she sings - it seems like she is down about something and needs reassurance - "You arrived just in time
Now I know Ill be fine
Im not ashamed to say you truly are my inspiration"
Maybe she has made some form of mistake and is in deep regret - "You know I want to adore you Cant believe how life was before you I must apologize, please understand Im so demanding" Dont need to be cruel I never felt that with you
Trouble is Im a danger to myself Dont want to push you away
I really want you to stay
Until I figure this out" i could quote this song all night it is truely beautiful really shows off her talent 10/10
Lose myself in you - hmm not a huge fan of this track - the chorus is very similar to ghetto superstar "find a better way to communicate stay a little while stop and listen to me" try that to the chorus of ghetto superstar. as for the rest of the song it starts off with a soft electric drum beat and then melanie starts singing with a bit of a bounce but its quite horse and quiet and really shows non of her vocals - i find this song to be quite jagged. 5/10
Track Four On the horizon What a fun summery song - driving down the road hot day window open this song blasting out - her voice sounds cheery as does the music - great vocals once again from melanie "All i see is love sweet love on the horizon" it seems like shes looking forward to the future - possibly in a relationship at this stage our melanie - nice loud cheery orchestral instruments thrown in as well. under rated with its chart position for me peaking at number 12.
7/10 becuase it has to grow on some people and can be over played quite quickly.
Positively somewhere - the title of track five and its about her finally finding herself "apparently" because with this album alot of it was forced upon her by virgin but she found her image so it could be that.
"Ive tried to be someone somebody they want me to be im back in my own skin now and i wouldnt want it any other way. she really doesnt miss the spice girls. The guitar is similar to here it comes again very steady and quite light its quite a poppy song head tapping from timie to time. a feel good song i think. 7/10
Melt - This track is beautiful - another ballad but different from reason this is mainly accompanied by a quick paced guitar rythme until slight piano comes in a lot of long held notes by melanie once again proving her vocal abilities. i think this song is about spreading good will and the feeling you get when you see it in action. " Give a little bit of love to your people but save a little bit of love for yourself" "watch your heart - feel your heart melt." the song really picks up tempo and turns into a catchy pop song and at the end picks up even more as she raises her voice with some fantastic notes a guitar solo comes in and for a poppy song you can really feel the emotion. 9/10 best so far i think.
Now to be honest 7,8,9 are in my opinion worth skipping there quite similar no real direction soft ballad songs but i dont enjoy melanie that way too much - track 9 is bouncy compared to the rest and is called water it has more instrumentals in it and some nicer lyrics
where as 7 + 8 however i cant really say much about them a bit weak fillers from virgin i think.
track 7 - 4/10
track 8 - 2/10
track 9 - 6/10
track 10 - Home - now yes its another ballad - but it works well mel is subtle here a nice rythmic guitar in the back and a slow drumbeat begin the song and through out the first verse its kind of a whisper for melanies voice. but it gets much better at the chorus it suddenly goes more aggressive the music gets harsher and mel gets a bit of attitude in her voice "here my voice did you see me coming i made a choice now im running turn me round let me go take me home" and then it goes soft and subtle again - a nice track to listen too - fantastic live though. 7/10
Lets love - Now this is what we want Nice rocky guitar intro melanie spitting her lyrics out (melodically though) this is her this is her rock chick side leaking out an up tempo fast paced track with some great vocals thrown in you'll find your self singing along everytime . 9.5/10
YEH YEH YEH the final track - was due to be released until she injured her self - it start with nice soft guitar and heavier drums a bit dancey really melanie comes in with an amazingly sexy voice really feeling the lyrics then smack bang heavy guitar fast pace heavier drums upbeat rocky melanie "Yeh yeh yeh im on a mission yeh yeh yeh if your with me raise your hands" Raising your hands is something you certainly will be doing. 10/10
overall virgin made the mistakes with this album hence its flop and then they drop her not very nice. but hey.
if you like a soft album you'll like this but if you wanna see a good melanie c read my review on beautiful intentions as it is a remarkable album released on her own label funded by herself its a much rockier autobiographical melanie.
currently my most played cd by far. this album has an amazing sound to it. with some of the most fantastic lyrics some of the most upbeat song and some of the most thoughtful songs around The main track on here is Reason a soft ballad full of emotion and the one song the press should liten to to hear how wonderful her voice is. im not afraid to admit it brought a tear to my eye. lyrics such as "you know i want to adore you cant believe how life was before you i must appologize im so demanding dont want to push you away i really want you to stay until i figure this" its an amazingly moving song. already released tracks"here it comes again on the horizon are both good exaples of whats expected but the album samples much better tracks. her latest single set for release sept 22nd is Yeah yeah yeah a fantastic up beat single which is already big in clubs. the video is amazing with a group having a wonderful time. this song just makes you wont to jump around nod you head and just get plain excited. other up beat songs like lets love are ones to hit the repeat button to. there is a song on this album for everyone and every mood. This is melanie like oyuve never seen or heard and for people who dont like her i garentee there is something here for you. weather you feel like a cry or a dance or just relax itsa all here. Every song on this album is her reason to buy it. dont believe me? visit www.melaniec.net and listen to samples.
HELLO! Melanie Chisholm's second album has been a long time coming. She has been off planet pop for as long I have been AWOL from dooyoo. Well.. alot longer actually. Nothern Star was released in 1999. But here she is back with a brand new album and a variety of songwriters- hoping to bury any memories of The Spice Girls - with a harder rock sound. Does it work? Keep reading.... As I place the CD in the player the opening bars of Going Down fill my head. Northern Star was a slow burning album which was derided by the critics. The fans though- took to it over time. Many a Q magazine reader may not own up to having Northern Star in their record collection- but they have it just the same. Reason promises to have more direction than Northern Star. The styles on Northern Star differed so dramatically that critics found it hard to define the genre. So, what is Reason like? Can Mel C confidently say Never about The Spice Girls reforming? ~ HERE IT COMES AGAIN ~ This is the first single from the album. Melanie certainly aims for a rockier sound. But at the same time she does not try to go down a real rock route. This is still poppy enough not to offend anyone. Not the best track on the album but a good enough single. Still miles away from most solo pop acts who have been in a band. H and Claire anyone? ~ REASON ~ One things does come across when listening to this emotive ballad- as the violins wash over you- Mel C can sing. Her voice is never better here. As a showcase for anyone to appreciate Ms C as a solo star - you cannot get better than this. A power ballad but don't worry - Mel hasn't gone all "Celine Dion" on you! This still retains an edge lacking in many ballads about lovers who have left you in the lurch. ~ LOSE MYSELF IN YOU ~ Greg Alexander- the writer of "Life Is A Rollercoaster" among others writes this jaunty little number. I say jaunty- it starts
off that way but ends up going nowhere. A classic album track in that it has no real life of its own. If you heard it on the radio - you wouldn't lose yourself in it- I'm afraid. This should have been given to Atomic Kitten! Pop by numbers. ~ ON THE HORIZON ~ Summer is here! As I write the sun is shining! Put this track on and it could be raining and you would hardly care. "People see different things when they look on the horizon. ... " This is 'Confident Spice' and it works a treat. Remember Katrina And The Waves. This reminds me of one of their tracks and that's meant as a compliment! This is a great track to sit by the pool and hum as you have another beer! "Mine's a grolsch please bar man! ~ POSITIVELY SOMEWHERE~ Mel C has plenty of tabloid hacks filling their columns with tales of "She's fat, she's a lesbian, she's too slim, she can't sing, she's ugly." This track tries to counteract all of the negativity by sharing with pop world- a feeling of contentment and positive vibes. This track like 'Horizon' creeps up on you and will leave you humming. This is a real Robbie track which will leave you wondering 'what a zig a zig ah was anyway!' ~MELT~ Talking of Robbie - this track is written by Mr Williams' old writing partner- Mr Guy Chambers. Does the Robbie magic work this time? In a word yes. With a hook to die for you could be living up to the title and 'melting' as the superb melody gets in your head and caresses your soul. Sorry, sounding all 'new age' now! This is a real soothing track- ideal when things have gone bad at work and you wonder what life would be like if you won the lottery. Pull the curtains- turn up your stereo and get that wine out of the fridge! And... Melt. This is simply sublime pop. ~DO I~ This is really just a filler. Annoying really as singles do not re
ally sell much these days so it a bit of a con to put half decent tracks on an album. But unfortunately this is one of em. Not really a good track to show off the depth in Ms C's voice and a throwaway chorus to boot! No Northern Star! This one should been read out at the record company meetings. DO I? NOPE! ~ SOUL BOY~ Oops.. another one! Well.. almost. This song is so slow it could be used to sponsor a train from Manchester to London. Like the aforementioned trains- it gathers speed only to end up stopping again futher along the track! (sorry- obvious joke!). Not the best track then, Glenn ? Nope- sorry- it lacks soul. ~WATER~ This is more like it. A great slow burning track which actually goes somewhere. "Feel like I could walk across the water." A real 'at one with nature' track which makes you long for Summer days when you could literally walk across the water. Like today! In fact what am I doing sat in doing this? See ya! ~HOME~ I'm back home again! This is the sort of song that Alison Moyet could belt out. But then.. again Mel sounds so determined and this song works on two levels. As a ballad about home -it is soft and soothing. But come the chorus and David Arnold (writer of Bjork's "Play Dead" works his magic). Mel does Meloncholy! And she does it well. A real epic which would be great on a Luc Besson movie soundtrack. ~LET'S LOVE~ In stark contrast - glam rock seems to be back on this rocking track. Let's Love is a mixture of Joan Jett, Marc Bolan and Britney! Sounds like a disaster in pop- I know. But once you surrender to this tongue in cheek track with a spattering of attitude- it's hard to resist. This is what Melanie C does best- pop with a sense of humour which is lacking in the likes of One True Voice (although the lyrics to their latest "Shakespeare's Way With Words" are unintentionally hilarious!) a
nd other manufactured pop songs. ~ YEH, YEH, YEH~ Not wanting to end on a low note- this track is camper in tone thatn the last one. A real audience pleaser- this one. With a sing-along chorus featuring the lyrics: "Yeh, Yeh, Yeh.. I'm on a mission" - how can this one fail?!!! Ok, lyrically as dodgy as Posh Spice's solo career but who cares when done with such enthusiasm and humour. Here we go: "Yeh, Yeh Yeh, I'm an a mission. Yeh, Yeh, Yeh - if you're with me raise your hands!" You can imagine this one going down a storm at a gig after a few bevvies! OVERALL ====== Melanie C had alot to prove with this album. She is only the second Spice Girl to have released two albums. The other girls have tried everything to keep themselves firmly in pop world and have generally failed. Mel C is aiming at a more mature market here. She is trying to be the female Robbie Williams. You get the feeling that she sometimes tries a bit too hard. But as an album this one works on many levels. Bar a couple of duff tracks Reason manages to bury the tabloid imagine of this chirpy pop star from Liverpool and gain her some credibility. She is so much more than a member of a girl band and Reason proves that ten times over. You also get the feeling lyrically and peformance wise that Mel enjoys these tracks far more than being part of a pop band with a daft Sporty tag! The reviews so far have been fairly negative. Like lookaround cafe on here - people have often referred to Mel's weight in the reviews of her music. Do people comment on Pavaroti's weight when reviewing his CDs? Doubt it. If you want to know what the record buying public think- go to www.amazon.co.uk and click on reviews. "Reason is smoother, more mature, less eclectic." AMAZON reviewer Forget the fairly negative reviews from the music press and savour this CD because it certainly beats liste
ning to rebels without causes like Avril (My hair's so straight and I'm sooo miserable) Lavene and many other young pretenders. PRICE £8.99 www.cdwow.com VIRGIN RECORDS 724358240528 More info on Melanie C - go to www.melaniec.net Thanks for reading Glenn
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Here It Comes Again
3 Lose Myself In You
4 On The Horizon
5 Positively Somewhere
7 Do I
8 Soul Boy
11 Let's Love
12 Yeh Yeh Yeh