Northern Star

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384851026
  • Catalog Number: 48510

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Go! (3:39)
  2. 2 Northern Star (4:41)
  3. 3 Goin' Down (3:35)
  4. 4 I Turn to You (5:52)
  5. 5 If That Were Me (4:33)
  6. 6 Never Be the Same Again (4:54)
  7. 7 Why (5:29)
  8. 8 Suddenly Monday (2:37)
  9. 9 Ga Ga (3:52)
  10. 10 Be the One (3:37)
  11. 11 Closer (5:44)
  12. 12 Feel the Sun (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Melanie C Primary Artist, 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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Melanie C has amazed us again !

    Well, Mel has amazed us again with her talent to sing. She does great as a soloist and as a quartet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Album Ever!!!!

    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!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THE SPICE GIRLS!

    I thought this cd was the best ever. It is totally the BOMB! Every one should have it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Good..

    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'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Northern Star

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Northern Star

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love this album

    I really don't like the Spice Girls in general but this is the best album ever even better than BSB MILLENIUM

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