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Album Review

It's difficult to remember a time when Spice Girls' solo careers weren't met with either total apathy or utter bemusement, but at the start of the noughties, Melanie C appeared poised to become the Robbie Williams of the group, with debut Northern Star racking up over a millions sales, spawning two U.K. number one singles, and sticking two fingers up to the skeptics who argued that a girl-band singer, best known for doing back flips in track suits would never appeal to an older album-buying audience. Unfortunately, it's all been downhill since then, and after taking herself too seriously on 2003's underperforming Reason, her solo career has fallen the wayside of her former bandmates', with the self-pitying pub rock of 2005's Beautiful Intentions and 2007's more encouraging but still slightly bland This Time failing to make any kind of impact whatsoever. But while the rest of the Spice Girls appear content to concentrate their efforts on trashy reality shows and fashion ranges, the artist formerly known as Sporty Spice continues to persevere with what she became famous for, as evident on her fifth studio album, The Sea. The good news is that while the four-year gap between her first and second record killed her career, the same lengthy time away this time around appears to have rejuvenated it, as its 11 tracks, co-written with the likes of Starsailor's James Walsh, Guy Chambers, and Spice/Spiceworld producer Richard Stannard, are the most mature and accomplished she's produced in over a decade. Drenched in luscious cinematic strings, the tribal drums and new age melodies of the title track, the Latin-tinged percussion of "Weak," and the twinkling, ambient electronica of the epic eight-minute "Enemy," feature the kind of orchestral production which show that Melanie's sometimes rough-around-the-edges tones have pleasantly mellowed somewhat: "Think About It" and "Stupid Game" are bombastic Katy Perry/Kelly Clarkson-esque pop/rock anthems which prove she can still compete with those who were barely in their teens during the peak of Spicemania, while the grandiose "Get Out of Here" sounds like Muse's cover of "Feeling Good" crossed with a John Barry James Bond score. The X-Factor winner's "Beautiful Mind" and '80s-inspired "Drown" are perhaps just two string-soaked ballads too many, while "Burn," with its simplistic, childlike production, is pure synth pop by numbers. But The Sea is still a huge leap forward from her past three efforts, and had it been released as the follow-up to Northern Star, rather than 12 years down the line, it could possibly have sustained her initial solo success. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews


It's a shame this isn't being marketed at all. It is an absolutely amazing collection of songs. This deserves to well.

Best album of Melanie C

For me, Northern Star had always been my favourite album. However, The Sea has pipped it and here's why... From the opening track the vocals are so mesmorising and pure. Gives me goosbumps when I listen to it. Biffo has done an amazing job. Weak is surprisingly catchy and the beat would be amazing to dance to on Strictly Come Dancing, as Matt Baker said on The One Show. The single Think About It got playlisted on Radio 2 and u can see why, so catchy and fresh. Beautiful Mind for me, is a chilled out track and lyrics are great. One By One is one for the Starsailor fans, as the lead singer wrote the track. Stupid Games is a 80's rock/pop mix and so catchy. All About You (Jill) as fans say haha, is a Guy Chambers track and has lovely vocals from Melanie. The next track is a fan favourite and tipped to be the 2nd single, 'Burn'. It is instantly catchy. 'Drown' is probably one of my favourite song on here and it is a atmospheric dance number but also like a ballad. 'Get Out Of Here' is such a powerful, big band type song', Very emotional feel to her voice in this one. However, 'Enemy' has to be my FAVOURITE MELANIE C SONG EVER!!!!. It's string arrangement is so powerful and her vocals give me goosebumps. It was a lovely surprise to have the German edition track 'Let The Be Love' included on here. It is so catchy and a nice acoustic-led ballad. :) Melanie C deserves the success and this album is doing well on Itunes AROUND THE GLOBE!!!. She deserves all the success and is she is so passionate about this album. :) Obviously the best Spice Girl :)

The Sea

Really strong comeback. I like all the tracks and like others have said she deserves some more promotion to get this album up the charts! No physical album to buy at the asda today which is a shame.


Born: 12 January 1974 in Merseyside, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The world-famous Sporty Spice, singer Melanie Chisholm was born January 12, 1975, in Liverpool, England; a onetime session vocalist and ballet dancer, in March of 1994 she answered an advertisement for an all-girl vocal group, and with fellow applicants Geri Halliwell, Victoria Adams, and Melanie Brown formed the nucleus of what later (with the addition of fifth member Emma Bunton) became the Spice Girls. The biggest pop phenomenon of the late '90s, the Spice Girls enjoyed a series of chart-topping...
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