Standing Tall

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
It takes a brave person to leave one of Britain's biggest pop groups at the peak of their success but that's exactly what Kym Marsh did at the end of 2001, just months after scoring a number one single and album with original TV pop stars Hear'Say. The fact that they faced a huge backlash before virtually imploding soon after her departure suggests it was a wise decision. Two years later, she returns with her debut solo album Standing Tall. Eschewing the plastic manufactured pop of her former band for a more acoustic pop sound, it's certainly a more mature effort, but it's unlikely to score points for originality. Lead single "Cry" is basically a remake of Natalie ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
It takes a brave person to leave one of Britain's biggest pop groups at the peak of their success but that's exactly what Kym Marsh did at the end of 2001, just months after scoring a number one single and album with original TV pop stars Hear'Say. The fact that they faced a huge backlash before virtually imploding soon after her departure suggests it was a wise decision. Two years later, she returns with her debut solo album Standing Tall. Eschewing the plastic manufactured pop of her former band for a more acoustic pop sound, it's certainly a more mature effort, but it's unlikely to score points for originality. Lead single "Cry" is basically a remake of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn," "Come on Over"'s breezy chorus is reminiscent of White on Blonde-era Texas, and "Shine on Me" sounds like mid-'90s Oasis. But while it's never going to set the world alight, its radio-friendly sunny disposition makes it hard to dislike. And it's to Marsh's credit that the gentle acoustic verses/guitar-pop chorus formula that dominates the majority of the album only begins to wear thin near the end of its overlong 15 tracks. Elsewhere, the bluesy feel of the title track recalls vintage Sheryl Crow; "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today," with its spoken word verses, is a slice of polished guitar-driven power pop, while "After Goodbye" is the kind of '80s power ballad that you just can't help but sing along to. Marsh is undoubtedly a talented vocalist but her stage school background is all too apparent and her tendency to veer into musical theater territory alongside the more rock-led moments sometimes grates. But few would have predicted she was capable of something as accomplished as this from her initial TV auditions. It'll be lucky to sell a tenth as Hear'Say's debut, but it's certainly ten times more appealing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602498000359
  • Catalog Number: 9800035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cry (3:45)
  2. 2 Come on Over (3:53)
  3. 3 Sentimental (3:16)
  4. 4 I Think It's Gonna Rain Today (3:35)
  5. 5 After Goodbye (3:36)
  6. 6 The Girl I Used to Be (3:40)
  7. 7 Standing Tall (3:21)
  8. 8 Cross Every River (3:40)
  9. 9 Glow (4:12)
  10. 10 Live Forever (3:26)
  11. 11 Shine on Me (3:27)
  12. 12 Because of You (3:40)
  13. 13 Here Comes Heaven (4:08)
  14. 14 Tempted (4:03)
  15. 15 Don't Break My Heart (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kym Marsh Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tracie Ackerman Background Vocals
Keith Beauvais Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards
Greg Bone Guitar
Robin Boult Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Phil Hudson Guitar
Steve Lewinson Bass
Julie Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Topham Bass
Karl Twigg Keyboards
Wayne Wilkins Drums
Emerson Swinford Guitar
Yvonne John Lewis Background Vocals
John Reid Background Vocals
Jim Marr Keyboards
Wendy Page Background Vocals
Bernt Rune Stray Electric Guitar
Tom Crook Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Martin Harrington Composer, Producer
John Holliday Composer
Trevor Steel Composer
Julie Thompson Composer
W. Amar the Wizard Wilkins Composer
Andrew Scheps Engineer
Ash Howes Composer, Producer
Espen Lind Composer
Richard Wilkinson Engineer
Karl Twigg drum programming
Wayne Wilkins Producer
James Sanger Programming
Jon Marius Aareskjold Engineer
Kym Marsh Composer
Jim Marr Composer, Programming
Wendy Page Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
Avril Mackintosh Composer, Producer, Digital Editing
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