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Northern Star
     

Northern Star

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by Melanie C
 

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Although she wasn't anointed Indie Spice by the British music press until after the Spice Girls' second album, Melanie Chisholm always made it clear that she preferred Blur to Take That. Of course, her personal musical tastes never surfaced on the Spices' albums, which may be the reason she is the first Spice to release

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Although she wasn't anointed Indie Spice by the British music press until after the Spice Girls' second album, Melanie Chisholm always made it clear that she preferred Blur to Take That. Of course, her personal musical tastes never surfaced on the Spices' albums, which may be the reason she is the first Spice to release a solo album while still in the group. With her debut, Northern Star, Mel C wants to break from her Sporty Spice persona while proving herself as a legitimate musician and she does, more or less, with a surprisingly diverse record. Melanie C has a fairly strong voice, a good sense of melody, and carries a tune with some personality, which is one of the reasons why the genre-hopping of Northern Star works. She can convincingly deliver everything from the pop balladry of the title track to the snarling, neo-industrial punk statement of purpose "Goin' Down." And it's a good thing that she can sound convincing on a variety of different styles, since Northern Star attempts to summarize pop music circa 1999. It begins with "Go!," a William Orbit-produced slice of swinging '60s pop with electronica underpinnings, and closes with the ballad "Feel the Sun." In between, she tries a bit of everything -- Brit pop on "Suddenly Monday," post-Garbage modern rock on "Ga Ga," techno-inflected dance on "I Turn to You," urban balladry on "Never Be the Same Again" (complete with a rap by Left Eye Lopes), and melodic adult pop on "Why." Certainly, that's a bit more stylistically schizophonic than Geri Halliwell's album, but that's its charm. It's not a knock-out, yet Northern Star is a solid, well-crafted alterna-pop of modest but palpable charms.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1999
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724384851026
catalogNumber:
48510

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melanie C   Primary Artist
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes   Rap

Technical Credits

Gary Thomas   Engineer
William Orbit   Producer
Craig Armstrong   Producer
Andy Bradfield   Engineer
Marius de Vries   Producer
Tom Fritze   Engineer
Rhett Lawrence   Producer
Patrick McCarthy   Producer
Rick Nowels   Producer
Carmen Rizzo   Engineer
Rick Rubin   Producer
David Schiffman   Engineer
David Russo   Engineer
Mark Endert   Engineer
Randy Wine   Engineer
Damian leGassick   Producer
Rob Playford   Producer
Greg Fidelman   Engineer
Chris Fogel   Engineer
Sean Spuehler   Engineer
Will Catterson   Engineer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer

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Northern Star 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, Mel has amazed us again with her talent to sing. She does great as a soloist and as a quartet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album is fantastic. She is the only Spice that can sing well, she is also the prettiest one. She can really rock in her music. It is so different more mature than what you hear when she is with the Spice Girls. I recommend this album to everybody!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this cd was the best ever. It is totally the BOMB! Every one should have it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really don't like the Spice Girls in general but this is the best album ever even better than BSB MILLENIUM
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty good solo CD by Melanie C. I like the songs..they are catchy and cool. But ex-Spice Geri Halliwell did much better with her album 'Schizophonic'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best cd she has ever done the album is very meaningful I love it. I am Mels no 1 fan.She's great!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Melanie C. has a great record. I enjoy listening to every song. I was very disappointed with Halliwells album, but Melanie C. record rocks. I hope to hear more from her as a solo artist as well as with the Spice Girls.