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Spice Girls - Spice World
Spiceworld - Spice Girls
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Spiceworld - Spice Girls
Advantages: Good pop album
Disadvantages: 10 songs. Second half (except Viva Forever) isn't as good
In 1997 the Spice Girls were the biggest girlband in the world. They had topped the charts both here and in America and has become the biggest British girlband to have success in the USA in years. So, the pressure was really on them to release a decent follow up album to their debut mega hit 'Spice'.
As with their debut album, 'Spiceworld' only had 10 tracks on the album, so were they aiming for quality over quantity and did they success. As you can expect from the Spice Girls, this album is full of hot pop tracks, rhythm, attitude, ballads and pure Spice!
The opening song 'Spice Up Your Life' was the lead single from the album and reached number 1 in the UK singles charts in mid 1997. It is obviously one of their best known songs and a true representation of the album. Next up is 'Stop' which famously ended their run of number 1 hit singles by peaking at number 2 in the singles chart. This is a simple yet effective pop tune. It doesn't try to hard, it's catchy and easy to listen to.
'Too Much' is the first ballad of the album and became the band second Christmas number 1. As far as Spice ballads go, I don't think this one stands out as one of their best slow tracks. I think it lacks the spice magic that '2 Become 1' and 'Goodbye' had. 'Saturday Night Diva's is a typical ladies anthem. 'Never Give Up On the Good Times' is the hit single that never was, the band planned to release this as a single at some point but due to Geri Halliwells departure in 1998 they cancelled it. This could have been huge.
'Move Over' has a funky vibe to it, this song was used as the Pepsi Soundtrack through 1997 so is quite a well known song despite not officially being a single. 'Do It' and 'Denying' and the two weaker songs on the album. I'm not saying they are bad tracks, it's just compared to the standards of what the band had released previously, i'm sure they could have given us something with more of a 'wow' factor.
'Viva Forever' is the obvious highligh. I think this is the song that defines the Spice Girls, it's a song that never tires and does not age. The album's closing track 'The Lady Is A Vamp' is camp and fun. A great way to end the album.
Overall, not a bad album. However I reckon despite only having 10 songs on the album, with the exception of 'Viva Forever' the latter half of the album could have been so much better than what it was. I guess they were just in a rush to release the follow up (and success) of their debut album.
Summary: Was going to give it 3* but Viva Forever pushes it up one.