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Genre: Pop - Dance Pop / Artist: Spice Girls / Import / Audio CD released 1996-10-01 at Virgin

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      29.03.2012 02:37
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      The Spice Girls burst onto the scene in 1996 and their success was phenomenal. They are the biggest girlband that the UK has ever produced having all but two of their singles reach number 1 in the charts. Each Spice Girl had their own personality. Their first album 'Spice' was released in 1996 and featured 10 songs. Here is a track by track review.

      'Wannabe' - The first single. You'll either love it or hate it. It mainly feautres the vocals of Mel B and Geri. This song also reached number 1 in America. 9/10.

      'Say You''ll Be There' - The second single. When they released this, that was the time I finally got on board the Spice Girls bandwagon. I saw the 'making of' the video to this song and it intruiged me. It is the perfect 90's pop song and I don't think any thing ever topped this. 10/10.

      '2 Become 1' - The third single. A nice ballad that they releaed for Xmas and was the first in their trio of Xmas number 1's. To me, it's the best Xmas Numbe 1 of the nineties and to this day, one of their most popular songs. 10/10.

      'Love Thing' - Originally meant to be their debut single 'Love Thing' mixes pop and R&B. It's a cool 90's track. Great bit from Victoria on here and maybe if they had released this then she would not have been lknown as the Spice Girl that didnt' sing much. 9/10.

      'Last Time Love' - A more R&B themed track. Not as instant as the first two tracks but still a good song. Would never have worked as a single though. 6/10.

      'Mama' - Was released on Mothers Day. A good slow 'feel good' song, declaring love for their mothers. Nothing wrong with this song but it seems 'forgotton' over the years. 9/10.

      'Who Do You Think You Are' - Comic relife single. The second most (after 'Wannabe') Poppiest song on the album. Like the first single, you will love it or hate it, but lets not forget that fantastic 'Brits' performance in 1997. 8/10.

      'Something Kinda Funny' - Another R&B/Pop tinged track. Not a bad song. Catchy, mellow and funky. 8/10.

      'Naked' - I have never understood the appeal of this song. The only decent bit is when Mel C starts singing. 6/10.

      'If You Cant' Dance' - I have always disliked this song. Can't really say much more about it 4/10.

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      15.12.2011 19:15

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      Not a bad debut

      I'm a massive fan of these girls and I thought it was about time that I reviewed one of their albums!

      Spice is a collection of ten songs, five of which were hit singles and all number ones for the girls. The album is a pop album and follows the same theme throughout, mainly relationships and girls having fun. The album is quite short, at just the ten songs, but i've always said that it's quality not quantity that matters. This album (to me) sure is quality. It's a quality pop album anyway. Great for parties.

      The vocals are shared out throughout the album, so that each member gets a fair share of the vocals. I have noticed that mainly Melanie C and Emma Bunton get the lead vocals, followed by Melanie B, Geri and then Victoria. I like this album. It IS cheesy but it was produced in the 90s, so it will be a little dated now. The CD doesn't feature any hidden tracks, nor does it have any extras, however it is still worth buying if you're a fan of pop music like myself. It's a great debut and it sold millions back in the day.

      They aren't the best singers in the world, that does come across in a few songs. Naked features vocals from Geri Halliwell, who frankly cannot sing to save her life. This lets the song down as it IS a good song, well it would be if it was sung by someone else! It's the most serious song on the album as some of the songs are a little silly, featuring bubblegum beats and childish lyrics.

      Not a bad debut. They could have stretched it to twelve songs though.

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      17.10.2010 18:30
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      The Spice Girls' debut album

      The Spice Girls used to be my favourite band when they first came out, and I used to love their debut album, Spice. The album was released in 1996 and I remember getting it for Christmas - it was the first album I ever owned!

      Spice spawned five singles - debut song Wannabe which stayed at number one for yonks, classy Say You'll Be There, and Christmas ballad 2 Become 1 were the trio of songs which established the band as pop royalty in 1996, while the double A side Mama/Who Do You Think You Are raised money for Comic Relief. All the group's songs were so different: Mama was a sweet ballad while Who Do You Think You Are was an upbeat dance pop number.

      The other tracks on the album were quite varied in style, from the smooth and catchy Love Thing, saucy Last Time Lover and Something Kinda Funny. Naked became famous as the song the band performed behind strategically-placed chairs, while If You Can't Dance became the opener at many of the group's concerts.

      Baby, Ginger, Scary, Sporty and Posh produced a really good debut pop album which is still fun to listen to now. Even after nearly fifteen years it stands out as a decent pop album and helps explain why so many teenagers were screaming 'Girl Power' all those years ago!

      Track Listing
      1. Wannabe
      2. Say You'll Be There
      3. 2 Become 1
      4. Love Thing
      5. Last Time Lover
      6. Mama
      7. Who Do You Think You Are
      8. Something Kinda Funny
      9. Naked
      10. If You Can't Dance

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        01.06.2009 13:02
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        A nice album to bring back the memories

        OK so I have to admit I think of myself as having quite a good taste in music. Have been reviewing some of my favorite CD's when I spotted this! The Spice Girls! Oh dear! Well when this came out back in 1996 I was a 15 year old boy, maybe I had some issue's? I don't know. Actually someone bought me this as a present, but lets be honest I could have taken it back and exchanged it! Oh well, sorry everyone, but here is what I think.

        1. Wannabe - Well what a tune. This was massive. 'Slap your body down and wind it all around!' How could a 15 year old boy say no to that!! This is sheer cheese pop, but it's great! Great beat, great sing a long words, just a good song! 9/10

        2. Say You'll Be There - I do like this song. Has a real good sound to it. Love them or hate them you have to admit they have some good vocals on this album. Emma Bunton especailly with Mel C screaming up the chorus! Another really good song. 9/10

        3. 2 Become 1 - A big Christmas number one if I remember rightly. Really nice chilled out song. have to adimit, I like this one too! Oh dear, what is happening to me! I should not be listening to this!!! 9/10

        4. Love Thing - At last. Some trash! I have not been broken quite yet. Just album filler, not a good song. 5/10

        5. Last Time Lover - It's all gone wrong. Another really poor song. This song is just ermmmm, boring. They are trying to get a sexy R&B sound, it just sounds weak. 4/10

        6. Mama - Back to there best. Again this song is cheesy, but it's really nice! We all feel this way about are mum's or we should. Good lyrics and very nice vocals. 8/10

        7. Who Do You Think You Are - Think this might have been the comic relief song. Is quite a funky catchy tune. Not my favorite but still a decent song. 7/10

        8. Something Kinda Funny - Back to album filler. Not much to say about this one, is not the worst song, but is still pretty poor. 6/10

        9. Naked - Another slow one. This is another attempt from the girls to sound seductive, not the best they could have done. 7/10

        10. If U Can't Dance - Not a great finish to the album. Some shocking wrap on here, what were they thinking! 4/10

        Overall there are some huge songs on here that we probably all have a soft spot for. However there is also some real tosh on here!! I suppose it's what you would expect from a girl band, and so there are no surprises really. But let's be honest, this is the first time have put this album on in many years. And it does still make me smile! 7/10

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          26.02.2009 20:45

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          Great fun

          The debut album from the all conquering fivesome was a pop fest to be contended with. The world had not seen anything quite so big since...well a long time ago, Beatles maybe? There are some songs on here which bring back some fond memories.

          Who are they:

          UK based pop group, comprising Melanie B, Melanie C, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton. They shared vocals, though Victoria sang less, preferring to stand and pout.

          On this album:

          The opener 'Wannabe' is a surefire piece of girl pop, it enjoyed a seven week run at number one when released and now is saved for parties to jolly people along to a dancefloor. Insanely catchy!

          The disco fuelled 'Who Do You Think You Are' never fails to set my heart alight. It takes you back to the seventies with a glitzy chorus, as the girls demand that you 'swing it and shake it.' Poppy, vibrant and exciting once again.

          The ballads are few and far between, check out '2 Become 1' where there are some great vocals from Emma. This track is much more fun than the dismal 'Something Kinda Funny' which is a limp affair, dreary chorus and trying to be sultry, but failing on most levels.

          Overall:

          A rather brisk 10 tracks is helped by a selection of strong pop hits and some lovely artwork on the sleeve. A fun filled pop album.

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          19.11.2008 17:31
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          A little less Spice than advertised

          I was a MEGA Spice fan back in the day. Bearing in mind I was only 8 at the time... I did find the other day whilst sorting through my CDs however their two main studio albums... Girl bands. Before 1996 only Bananarama and the Supremes warranted a huge mention. Yet Boyzone and Take That ruled the roost with their pretty boy looks and music the female frontier was seriously lacking any real competition. Cue the Spice Girls and their assortion of nicknames, cheesy but catchy tunes and that infamous slogan 'GIRL POWER'.
          Their debut album 'Spice' combines the sass and energy the group were famous for with an extra sprinkle of pop. Looking back the album sounds so dated now but it is fairly accurate to say that the success of this record went on to push girlbands to the front line with All Saints, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched and more recently the Sugababes and Girls Aloud following suit.

          01 Wannabe 10/10
          The one where it all began. A Bit of 'so tell me what you want, what you really, really want' and of course 'zig a zig ah'. Nowadays you'd cringe with horror if anybody dared to release this but it worked back then as the track is brimming with attitude and a killer hook that soon makes you forget the obvious cheesiness.

          02 Say You'll Be There 10/10
          I always cite this as a more laid back version of 'Wannabe'. The fiesty spirit of the group is still present but the melody and such is mellower and more hollowed out as if they're trying to make ammends for the cheesiness of their previous single.

          03 2 Become 1 10/10
          I was obsessed with this song at the time. Looking at iot now the harmonies are rather weak as are the vocals of most of the group with the exception of Emma's bridge. The slow and swaying flow of this song is instantly hypnotic and the lyrics are really beautiful whilst at the same time encouraging safe sex. How clever :O

          04 Love Thing 09/10
          I think this would've worked well as a single. There's an upbeat and excited vibe brimming from the track from the word 'go'. The lyrics here are also very inventive.

          05 Last Time LOver 06/10
          I don't really 'feel' this song to be honest. It seems rather bland and watered down with the girls' voices all blending together into one, big, dull mess. I'd definately say it's the only track that lets the album down.

          06 Mama 08/10
          Another slow song but this time an ode to the girls' mothers. The lyrics here are undoubtedly beautiful though I feel the song goes on for far too long, polling in at 5:03. The last chorus drags on forever and the chorus is rather bland all things considered.

          07 Who Do You Think You Are? 09/10
          This track unleashes the energy and power you'd coem to expect from the Spice Girls all into one big bouncy, bitter package. The vocals do sound very camp and cheesy here and in the case of most of the group - forced but the flow is perfect, the hook catchy and the song an all round winner.

          08 Something Kinda Funny 08/10
          This is another laid back, chilled song that works really well at this point of the CD in my opinion. I tend to skip it as like 'Mama' it gets far too repetitive towards the end and the chorus isn't really strong enough to carry the song.

          09 Naked 07/10
          Another lacklustre, half hearted number. I like the lyrics here and the flow of the track overall but by this point, I'm really starting to question what on earth possessed me to like this record all those years ago!

          10 If You Can't Dance 07/10
          I struggle to separate this song from the other slow numbers on the CD as it seems to follow the exact same boring format.

          It seems to me as if the Spice Girls debut is a clever marketing tool, boosted by some strong GIRL POWER esque singles, the record soon runs out of steam and it's quite clear that underneath these ladies are a lot softer than you'd first think.
          There are some great highlights aside from the singles such as 'Love Thing' though most of the CD seems to be very repetitive and dull. Also the 10 tracks on offer is a bit weak in my opinion. It's a must have really especially if you're a hardcore fan but I much perfer their sophomore effort.

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            A blast from the past

            Spice Girls - Spice

            Put your hand up if you can't remember the first time you heard of the Spice Girls!

            Back in 1996 Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham (nee Adams) , Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisolm burst onto our scenes with their debut song "Wannabe". This song spent seven weeks at the top of the UK singles chart, was number one in 31 nations, and helped establish the Spice Girls as a global phenomenon.

            Their first album, Spice sold more than 23 million copies worldwide (so own up you have it in your closet) and is listed number 41 in the list of 100 best selling albums of all time.
            So with credentials like that I thought I would give it a review.
            I have to confess I was a bit of a Spice Girls fan back in the day, and I did buy this album, so for me this is a nostalgic trip back in time to a day when I used to know the dance routines and it was fun to dance along at the local nightclub to a bit of spice!!

            The songs on the album are:
            1. Wannabe
            2. Say You'll Be There
            3. 2 Become 1
            4. Love Thing
            5. Last Time Lover
            6. Mama
            7. Who Do You Think You Are
            8. Something Kinda Funny
            9. Naked
            10. If U Can't Dance

            - Wannabe -
            Wannabe, as mentioned was their debut number one and was a massive hit. It is a fun single with a catchy tune, the most famous lines being "I'll tell you what I want, what I really want... I wanna Zig a Zig Ah"
            I remember at the time one of the most popular questions to ask the Spiceys was "What is Zig a Zig Ah?". To this day, I can't recall the answer - something about having fun I think?!
            I think Wannabe was a good introduction to the spice girls, it was fun, a little bit crazy, it showed they weren't the best singers in the world, but they could hold a tune, and above all it was very catchy.

            - Say You'll Be There -
            Say You'll Be There was the second song released off the album. This is one of the songs that I can vaguely remember the dance steps for. It is a catchy pop song with a little bit of sex thrown in. It was number one in the charts for two weeks and I can remember the video for this song which is set in the desert. Each of the Spice Girls is dressed up as a techno-warrior using martial arts and ninja style weapons to catch a man.

            - 2 Become 1 -
            This single was released at Christmas, and is a slower song than the previous two. It is the first time that you can really hear Victoria (Posh Spice) singing on one of the songs. It is a gentle ballad basically about getting it on. At least they addressed the issue of safe sex with the line "be a little bit wiser baby, put it on, put it on"!

            This song sold 500,000 copies in its first week, making it the fastest selling single of the year, and was the Christmas Number one.

            - Love Thing -
            This was not released as a single, and is one of the poorer songs on the album. It is poppy and catchy but just sounds a bit false and cheesy to me. It is about Girl Power, and after many disappointing relationships there is no room for any "Love Things".

            - Last Time Lover -
            Is another slower pop song, with sultry deep voices for the verses which is all about sex. Again it is a slightly poorer song on the album - it doesn't really stand out for me.

            - Mama -
            Was dedicated to the group's mothers and was about the mother daughter relationship as girls grow up. I remember buying this single for my Mum for Mothers Day, do you think it was coincidental that it was released around this time of year. It was a bit cheesy and cringe worthy, but a sweet song.

            - Who Do You Think You Are -
            This was released as a double A side single with Mama. It is a song with a bit of attitude. Again, like most of the Spice Girls songs it is very catchy, and also had another catchy song, that I can still remember bits of. It is about being a superstar and the fame that goes with it.

            - Something Kinda Funny -
            Another of the weaker songs on the album; It is about the relationship that the girls had together in the Spice Girls. It has a slower tempo and is fairly non descript really. It is not offensive, neither is it memorable.

            - Naked -
            This is a vulnerable song about being exposed and bare with no one to hide behind. It is a very sweet song, with some sultry speaking roles from Victoria (I wonder why that is). I quite like this one, although you cant really hear the lyrics very well.

            - If U Can't Dance -
            This starts quite funky, and then there is a bit of "Rapping" from Mel B which I am not sure about. The chorus is catchy, and there is a bit where Geri sings in Spanish which is interesting.

            It's funny, having listened to this album again after so long it does bring back good memories, especially the songs that the Spice Girls released as singles, which are catchy and fun, and make you feel good, but the songs that weren't released as singles stand out as being a bit pants to me now. At the time, I loved the Spice Girls and knew the lyrics to most of their songs, and thought they were brilliant, but now I am a bit older, and maybe wiser I can see that some of the songs weren't as good as I thought.

            As a girl group, there is no doubting that the Spice Girls were very successful, and album sales alone show that they were popular and liked, however were they liked for their personalities more than their actual music?
            I think it is a bit of both. Some of their songs are very catchy and fun, and others are not quite so good, and simply fillers on the album.

            Either way, it has been fun listening to the album again after all this time, and there are some good tunes on there, so if you fancy a listen, it will probably bring back some memories!!

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              04.11.2005 17:58
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              Not particularly good when you look back on it

              In case you're wondering what a sixteen year-old boy is doing writing a review of the Spice Girls, I found this album while I was rooting around my drawers - I didn't even know I had it! I knew I had a few Spice Girls singles lying around, but I don't remember ever buying the album! Honest! I decided to give it a listen, to see if it was worth keeping, or whether it should go down to the local charity shop where I work. If you're interested, Spice is the girls' debut album from 1996 - hard to believe that the Spice Girls were around 9 years ago! According to the information on the sleeve, the Spice Girls themselves were co-writers for every song!

              The album starts off with their first and probably most famous song - Wannabe. This is of course the song that first introduced the world to the phrase "Zigazig Ha". Yes that's right - according to the lyrics, it's "Zigazig Ha", not "Ah" as you may have thought. Well anyway, this is a love it or hate it song, and you'll have your own opinions on it. Listening to it again now I think the chorus is terrible and the words are cringe-worthy ("slam your body down and wind it all around", anybody?) but I'll leave it up to you.

              The next track is Say You'll Be There, which was another of the girls' earliest and biggest hits. I actually like this song quite a lot - I think I've got it on a single somewhere - because it's quite catchy and has a decent enough tune. It's a good slice of 90s pop.

              2 Become 1 is up next, which as you may remember was their first ever Christmas number one (followed up the next year by Too Much and the year after by Goodbye - yes, 3 in a row!) It's a bit schmaltzy, and slightly too slow, but it's an example of how less can be more, especially in an over-produced pop album such as this. I don't particularly like this word "nice", but it's a really nice song.

              After this trio of big hits comes the key question hanging over the album - will the tracks I don't know be as good as the others? Sadly, on Love Thing, the answer is no. Ok, so the chorus is bright and breezy, but the lyrics are dull and predictable, and there is a truly horrendous rap part featuring phrases like "stop pushing, you're rushing, you're losing my loving". Which doesn't even rhyme.

              Moving swiftly on to the final track on this side (I own the cassette in case you're wondering) we have Last Time Lover. Yes, in case you're wondering again, all the songs on this album are about love. This track takes the pace down a bit and almost stray into the world of RnB with some sultry vocals from Scary Spice. But sadly, just like the previous track, it doesn't stick in your mind very long and quite frankly it's boring.

              Onto the next half of the album we go, with a tribute to their mums, called… Mama. Yep, they really did write a song saying "mama, I love you". If you can look past the saccharine lyrics, there's a pretty good bit of guitar and orchestra, and I have to admit it's catchy. But does anyone really want to hear about their family bonds? This was probably good as a mother's day present, but you wouldn't go out and buy it and listen to it. Plus, at over 5 minutes long, it far outstays its welcome.

              Aha, this is more like it. Who Do You Think You Are? is an up-tempo dancy pop tune, which leaves you tapping your foot with its mixture of snappy lyrics and brassy beats. This was probably another of their big hits, since I remember it well, and recently one of my friends started singing it randomly. Yes it's cheesy, but it's good fun.

              But sadly, now that all the famous songs have been used up, it's downhill from here. Something Kinda Funny is weak vocally and just slides past in a repetitive blur.

              Naked doesn't live up to its interesting title. There are little spoken parts in the verses, a sinister whispered phone call in the middle of it, and I think it's supposed to be a bit passionate and sensual, but apart from the word "naked" being repeated about 30 times, nothing leaves any impression. It's certainly not as clever as it thinks it is.

              And so we arrive at the final song. "Already?" I hear you cry, and yes 10 songs is quite short, but alas, If U Can't Dance is indeed the end. And unfortunately it's also one of the worst songs. The "rapped" verses are frankly awful ("we got the flavour, the bad behaviour, the rhythm, the melody, the juice for you to savour") and there is a verse sung in Spanish, which is always a bad move. If it has one saving grace, it's the catchy chorus with its screeching trumpet, but even this gets repetitive.

              The photos of the band on the sleeve are alright I suppose, in that they capture the completely different personalities of each of them, and although the two Mels were always stronger vocally, the singing is mostly good from the whole group (yes even Victoria Beckham!) However, the "Girl Power" is at times a little crude and immature to say the least,

              Overall, this is an album with good points and bad points, and without descending into clichés it's pretty much an album of two halves. The songs you know are good (Wannabe and Mama being the bad exceptions); the rest aren't. Looking at it that way it only leaves three good songs, which is very poor for an album, no matter who it's by. If you're tempted for a laugh, I really wouldn't recommend buying it unless it's from a charity shop for 50p, but if you were a fan of the girls, it might be worth getting.

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                07.11.2003 08:02
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                Yes this record came out 7 years ago but by chance I discovered 'Spice' in a pile of records I'd never thought I'd listen to again.So I decided to give it a listen,to remind me of the days when I was a massive spice girl fan and very happy to be one. What surprised me is how good the girls' debut still sounded,because behind all the image,attitude,persona and media headlines there is a very good pop album in 'Spice',especially being a debut album.All the tracks are different,albeit very poppy which is a difficult feat to achieve for any pop group. but of course,we are talking about the spice girls. Despite half the album being number 1 singles it still sounds very original and is decent pop music. No one is ever going to forget 'wannabe', track number 1.I baught 'wannabe' when it came out on the 1st of july 1996.And like every other teenager outhere I played it to death and by the end of the week knew every word,beat and dance move.this was way before it decided to sit at number 1 for 7 weeks.it is the perfect pop song with it's disgustingly catchy melody,happy vibes and of course the wonderful catchphrase 'zigazig-ah'.It isn't a masterpiece but nevertheless a brilliant pop song. 'say you'll be there'gives the listener a chance to hear the girls' vocals better then on 'wannabe' where they simply sing phrases in succesion.It is here where we hear the strength of the group vocally in melanie c.emma manages to sing well too but my favourite bit was always victoria's.the song has a slight'cowboy' feel to it,and again is another great pop song,yet different to 'wannabe'. As a group the spice girls always sing well,but it is worth pointing out that geri can't actually sing(which should explain why she raps everything along with mel b or speaks whatever else)and victoria isn't too brilliant either,although on
                listening to her solo material she's a lot better than expected. '2 become 1' is a very nice little ballad showing a sweet side to the girls' attitude,although the lyrics are quite the opposite(put it on,put it on,wanna make love to ya baby,set your spirit free...)the piece of music after the second chorus is the best bit,a wonderful mix of guitar and synth. 'Love thing' is a more loud song full of attitude than others,while 'last time lover' is more slinky and RnB.Both again are good pop songs and you'll remember 'don't wanna knoooowwwwww about that love thang' or laaaaaaast tiiiiime luuuuuuuva,LUVA'when you finish listening to the album. lyrically 'mama' is probably the most worthy thing on 'spice'.any grown up can relate to their mother only acting as their unwelcome bodyguard because they love them.there's also a nice bit of gospel at the end,which is the best bit,with all the girls(and big black women in the choir)singing their hearts out. with every song on 'spice' there is a complete switch musically and when 'who do you think you are?' starts you wonder if your listening to the same group!it's sassy,discoteque tongue n cheek vibe coupled with the girls' 'i seda whoooooooooooooo...'which you'll never forget makes it a highlight of 'spice' and a great party song. The most underrated moment of 'spice' is undenieably 'something kinda funny',although it could never have been a single,it is more grown up than other tracks and I found myself replaying it now. 'naked'is probably the worst song on the album,yet it's still good,although a little cheesy,especially emma's phone call(oh dear)which is saved by mel c and her vocal burst out. 'if u can't dance' rounds off 'spice' with a very catchy 'if u can't dance if u can't dance...
                'although geri's spanish 'rap' isn't what i'd call suitable for younger fans,saying things like 'what a big hard dick!'and 'i'll f**k him'.well even a spanish person can't understand what the hell she's saying so don't worry too much. Nevermind about geri,for even her pornographic rap a'la espanol doesn't stop 'spice' being a great pop record.forget all of what's been said since,dig it out of the depths of nowhere and give it a good ol'listen!

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                I'm always game for a bit of unsolicited op writing, and when Louise (Squiggles) challenged me to write on op on albums, I jumped at the opportunity. OK, so I flinched a bit when she told me she wanted me to review 'Spice' by the Spice Girls, but then I'm prepared to give anything a fair chance, so off I toddled to the library to borrow it, and now here I am listening to it! Just before I start, if anyone else has got any albums they want me to review, just drop it in my inbox. Or yhwman's for that matter, I know he's up for it too! - Tell me what you want, what you really really want The Spice Girls were formed in 1993 after responding to an advert for 'five lively girls' for a musical group. Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton, Victoria Addams (now Beckham) and Geri Halliwell all originated from the theatrical, film and modelling circuit, and they have had much success here and abroad. The first album 'Spice' was released in 1996 to large sales, which were as much due to media intervention as to the catchy nature of the pop songs penned by Elliot Kennedy. With a whole batch of singles, the largest hit of them being 'Wannabe' which shot to number 1 on it's debut, the Spice Girls were a chart success, and they have all enjoyed successful solo careers since. OK, maybe not all - Geri still sounds bloody awful :P - Thank you for the music Time to delve into the album itself. It's a ten tracker, although the 40 minutes it occupies is a little measly for a modern day album – although I suppose with a lot of 3-4 minute pop songs it would be something of a feat to fill the whole CD! The advantage of the shorter length is that you avoid all the gaps being rammed full of rubbish tracks placed there just as fillers. Anyway, onwards… - Wannabe Wannabe was the debut single for the Spice Girls, and a bit of a success of marketing, with the media swarming all over
                it and hyping it to the max. Me personally, I can't stand it, although I couldn't tell you why – it just irritates me and always has. It's quite a simple track, it's kind of two tone – the rappy shouty bits, and the more balladic chorus. The verse is backed by a rough synth sound, and reminds me a little of the boy band efforts of the early 90s, while the choruses are full of harmonies and gentler synth sound. The lyrics are a little lacking too I'm afraid "Slam your body down and zigazig ah." Shudder. Next! - Say You'll Be There Still the drum machine beats, and the cheesy synth, but it certainly sounds more 'now' than 'then'. It's quite a jumpy song, with quite an uplifting sound, and the lyrics actually make sense! I think the best thing I can say about this track is that it's less pop and more cheesy dance. And it has a nice harmonica solo in the middle! So I can't complain really – not bad at all. - 2 Become 1 I was looking forward to this track for the simple reason that it's really quite good. Forget the cheesy girl power in-your-face attitude to the music, and take in this nice gentle love ballad. Nice synth strings in the background, with slightly dodgy drums, but the lyrics are nice and the harmonies are soothing. You can well imagine this being played at a wedding reception or something, it's quite a nice sensual song. Oh, and let's not forget the guitar solo in the middle, quite fitting. - Love Thing The first album track! Dance synth pianos with some synth strings to add to the mix. This sounds like quite a cheesy dance track and no mistake – I'll just begin to like it, and then suddenly something happens to turn me off the song, something like, let's see – THE CHORUS. Bad bad bad – don't do it so bad! And what's with that little shouty proclaimy bit. Could have been such a good song too :(
                - Last Time Lover The title sounds like something I'd write LOL! This is quite a slinky love song, you know – a kind of dirty hip hop style track, and, well, it doesn't sound too bad – it almost doesn't sound like the Spice Girls! Bit too sexy for the little kids I think though! Not bad at all. - Mama Oooh, I'd forgotten about this one! This is another nice ballad in the style of '2 Become 1', about, unsurprisingly, their mothers. Gentle guitar work (real instruments!!!), and some slightly more interwoven drums for a change. Not a bad track with all the harmonies and all. This and '2 Become 1' are definitely the highlights of the album. - Who Do You Think You Are Back to the in-yer-face tracks, with some brass breaks in the background, and synth creating the main melody. It's a bit cheesy (actually, it's a LOT cheesy), and well, it has it's moments, but it's going to get on your nerves after a while. Not bad, but not brilliant either. - Something Kinda Funny This track starts out well, with some nice deep synth leading into the main melody. The lyrics to this aren't bad, but the melody gets a bit repetitive after a while, and it all sounds too hip hop/dance for my liking. Although the vocals remind me a bit of acid jazz band Brand New Heavies for some extremely bizarre reason! It's very strange but true. Not a bad one then. - Naked More deep synth and chilled melody with hushed vocals and harmonies. This is probably the best track on the album – it sounds completely unlike anything else the Spice Girls have done – chilled and dark, this is an excellent track, there isn't much to fault with it. Cool! - If U Can't Dance The 'U' instead 'you' worries me to start with! Rhythmic drums, synth brass and rapping is what makes up the song, and after a minute I'm already irritated :( Even Ger
                i's latino section can't save this one I'm afraid – the album finishes as it began – badly. - Zigazig ah So, there we have it – the end of the album. In retrospect, it isn't quite as bad as I expected, but there's still plenty of cringeworthy stuff in there. The best tracks, without a doubt, are the non-'girl power' ones – the balladic tracks like '2 Become 1', 'Mama' and 'Naked' work so much better, while the in-your-face tracks just come off sounding overly basic and hugely cheesy. While I wouldn't go and buy this album myself, I would certainly think that a lot of people who enjoy this sort of pop music will love this. This is a bit of a mixed album – it has some good tracks, and some dire ones, and some rather mediocre tracks. To a true fan of course, it's brilliant, but to me, it's not an album I'll be listening to again! Good, but not good enough.

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                  01.05.2001 20:36
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                  I have a rather embarrassing confession to make. Not sure I can even tell you, it’s THAT bad! Oh ok then.......takes deep breath.......I confess.......I am a Spice Girls fan!!!! <Squiggles waits a few minutes for the hoots of derision and shouts of laughter to subside> It gets worse, I’m sorry! I actually OWN a copy of their first album, Spice. And what’s more, I simply LOVE it! <dives under rock and then remembers has review to write, so crawls out again> Now my guilty secret has been revealed, what can I tell you about the Spice Girls and this CD? Well, as we all know, originally they were very popular with young teeny boppers and instigated the whole phenomenon of ‘girl power’ as we know it today. But I’m 36 years old for chrissake, I should know better...... Is it the incredible singing talent of these five (as were) beautiful girls you wonder? Well...er...no! Is it the fact that I’m completely won over by their stunning beauty? No again. Plain and simple, this is my ‘happy’ CD, when I’m down, low or just plain grumpy, I stick this on the CD player at full volume, jig around my front room a little, squawk along merrily with it and I never fail to be cheered up. The songs included are never going to be the most deep and thought provoking or have the best lyrics, but they almost guarantee the odd toe tap and hip wriggle. It’s lighthearted modern bubblegum dance music, easy to sing along to and great to play at parties. Of course, the girls have now all moved on from their original flirty light hearted and pretty talentless and tarty image, despite continuing as the Spice Girls and releasing more singles and albums. Melanie Chisholm (Mel C - Sporty Spice) has managed to make a very lucrative solo career for herself, helped along by her duet with the wonderful and incredibly talented Bryan Adams and her surprisingly good ‘Northern Star’ a
                  lbum. Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), who left the group very early on (or as hubby remarked, was forced to leave the band under a cloud of OLD Spice!) has released her own album and singles as well as a new career as UN ambassador and has gone on to prove many of her critics wrong. Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) married David Beckham and their marriage, their roles as parents to Brooklyn and slightly strange lifestyle can be read about in just about every tabloid newspaper available on a practically daily basis as well as still performing as part of the group and launching her own solo career, with rumours that she is to duet with Janet Jackson on her forthcoming album. Melanie B (Scary Spice) has headed in the same direction, a solo career as well in the style of Mami Bass sound and beat and enjoying her new role as a mother. Finally, Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), probably the least talented (?) of the bunch has launched her first solo single entitled (appropriately!) ‘What Took You So Long’ fairly recently and is following it up with an album too. There are ten tracks on the ‘Spice’ CD, including their huge debut hit ‘Wannabe’ (which sat at number 1 in the UK charts for 7 consecutive weeks), which most would say was either their best or their very worst. You may knock it, but is there anybody alive in the UK who hasn’t heard this and really really wanted to zigazag ha? And even today, there are cries of…’So tell me what you want, what you really really want’, heck, its even an emoticon in the Yahoo Groups chat rooms! Its basically a fun and silly dance song, but the kind of happy beat that will have most of you jumping up ready to swing a leg! ‘Say You’ll Be There’ was another huge hit for the girls when released as a single and another chart topper. Yet another light and frothy dance track and a popular choice at parties and clubs. &#
                  8216;2 Become 1’ was also released as a single, and yet again topped the UK charts. A slightly different style this time, much slower and more of a love ballad with some slightly unusual lyrics. Two other tracks on the album also reached number one (talk about cashing in!), being ‘Mama’ and ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, the first being a rather sickly tribute to ‘mum’ and sung in a very sweet and girlie way. Who Do is better, more ooomph to it, easy to bop along to, and scores highly on my squawkometer. Of all the tracks tho, this has to have the strangest and most meaningless lyrics! But like so many of the songs included, is fun to sing to, easy on the ears and never to be taken too seriously. Five other tracks appear on the CD, all very ‘samey’, and mostly of the fun and light hearted variety, all over produced, but all pretty harmless. They include ‘Love Thing’, ‘Last Time Lover’, Something Kinda Funny’, ‘Naked’ and ‘If U Can’t Dance’. I’m the first to admit that these tracks will not leave you breathless with admiration and awed by the sheer ‘talent’ of these then very raw singers. But, they work for me as my ‘happy’ songs, light hearted frothy stuff and my own personal tonic! Incidentally, anybody wanting to rush out and buy this album *ahem*, might be interested to know that you can purchase it as a double CD to include another album offering, Spiceworld. Will save you lots of pennies overall, but I’m not expecting a stampede at Record House/Our price and the rest somehow.........

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                    Not talking about the Power Puff girls, (the next new craze for girls), talking about the one and only Spice Girls. I originally bought this album for my daughter, although admittedly I do like a couple of songs on it, the songs are: Wannabe, Say you'll be there, 2 become 1, Love thing, Last time lover, Mama, Who do you think you are, Something kinda funny, Naked, If you can't dance... (which most men can't.. no offense!) My favourites would have to be 'Wannabe', now who could forget that one! The first number one by the Spices. '2 become 1', a nice song that made it to number one for Christmas, and 'Naked'. It's not the most popular of Spice Girls albums, but after all it was their first album and like all fans, you've got to have the whole collection!

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                    1. Wannabe - 5/5 The first track and their first number one, classic. 2. Say You'll Be There - 4/5 Great video, shame there isn't a PC version to get all the vids on them. 3. 2 become 1 - 4/5 Slow and soulful. A classy track. 4. Love Thing - 2/5 5. Last Time Lover - 2/5 6. Mama - 3/5 Another great track. 7. Who Do You Think You Are - 5/5 More lyrics for Mel C which can't be bad! 8. Something kinda funny - 2/5 9. Naked - 2/5 ...I wish 10. If U Can't Dance - 3/5 The debut album from the Spice Girls provides us with an array of different songs, most are pure pop but there are some r&b numbers on here too. There is no denying the power of the Spice Girls although their second album is much better!

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                    Exactly half of this album have been number one hits. Believe it or not, even then, this album was nothing to shoput abpout. When I bought it four years ago to be honest I was expecting more. With only five decent songs and only ten songs on the whole album, with the five remaining being slightly catchy but yet, annoying and completely useless (being why these particular songs were never released) does spoil what hopes I had before playing it. If you hadn't guessed already, the five hits are "Wannabe", "Say You'll Be There", "2 Become 1", "Mama" and "Who Do You Think You Are". They are good songs, but let us face facts, they will not make up the album on their own will they?!? NO! My advice to you is, hiring it won't hurt but buying without testing may do. So if I were you, I suggest you hire it. That's if anyone bothers with the Spice Girls now days. They are old news.

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                  Disc #1 Tracklisting
                  1 Wannabe
                  2 Say You'll Be There
                  3 2 Become 1
                  4 Love Thing
                  5 Last Time Lover
                  6 Mama
                  7 Who Do You Think You Are
                  8 Something Kinda Funny
                  9 Naked
                  10 If U Can't Dance