Northern Star [Bonus Tracks]

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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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Editorial Reviews

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. [The 2000 re-release includes two remixes: the "Single Mix" of "Never Be the Same Again" and the "Hex Hector Radio Mix" of "I Turn to You."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724385006524
  • Catalog Number: 50065
  • Sales rank: 117,644

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Go! (3:39)
  2. 2 Nothern 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 (3:36)
  11. 11 Closer (5:44)
  12. 12 Feel the Sun (5:02)
  13. 13 Never Be the Same Again (4:14)
  14. 14 I Turn to You (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Melanie C Primary Artist
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Rap
Melanie Jayne Chisholm Track Performer
Technical Credits
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
Mark Endert Engineer
Randy Wine Engineer
Greg Fidelman Engineer
Chris Fogel Engineer
Sean Spuehler Engineer
Will Catterson Engineer
Richard "Biff" Stannard Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fantastic Album With 14 Fabulous Tracks That Will Rock Your W orld!

    From Spice Girl to Solo Spice, Melanie C has always held fans and critics in awe with her captivating vocals and intriging lyrics. This debut album from the former Sporty Spice does not fall short of displaying her ever shining talent both as a vocalist and song writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Feel the Sun

    Good tracks appears in this album: "I Turn to You", "Goin' Down", "If That Were Me" and "Feel the Sun", other are more like that same mass that now can be heard on MTV every day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a startling (good) surprise

    I was no big Spice Girls fan. Didn't care for them but I didn't write them off. I knew they wrote their own music (which is a prerequisite for me to respect a recording artist), but a group effort of 5 putting out that quality of material didn't seem to say that much about them. Find yourself thinking the same? Think now that they've gone solo, their solo efforts are probably 1/5 the quality of their Spice Girls recordings? Dead wrong. It seems having the Spice Girls personas and expectations lifted off Melanie C has only polished off some hidden sparkle of talent we overlooked. This album, Northern Star, is one of the best recordings I've heard in a long while. This recording is edgier, more soulful, more sophisticated... I could go on and on... from what we've come to expect. The title track 'Northern Star' is exquisite- enough beat to be upbeat, yet enough soul and meaning to still be a ballad. 'I Turn to You' was a huge hit in the UK (from what I've heard; I live in the states), and it should have been. That song sends shivers up the spine and the words and melody just linger. Give the sample tracks a listen. That's what I did, and I was so thoroughly impressed with what I heard that I rushed out and bought the CD, and I haven't regretted it. Mel C always had a unique voice, of which I wasn't sure if I liked it or not, given the Spice Girl material. Singing her own music, though, it's a perfect marriage. The CD's part funk, rock, alternative, pop and dance. Absolutely one fabulous recording- something I never thought I'd say about a Spice Girl, but hey, I guess it's a lesson learned about first impressions!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Melanie C has done a great job mixing fast rocking roll edgy music with slow dance mixes. The lyrics are very powerful, and every song has a meaning that will touch you. this is just as much as the original so I reccomend this album featuring two of the best remixes out their of Mel C. This album is great, check it out. My favorites are Goin' Down, Northern Star, If That Were Me, Ga Ga, and Go!. This album is really good, and you will be surprised if you think you won't like it. This album will definetly make a believer out of you. Get it today!

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