Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

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by Victoria Beckham
     
 

As the new millennium dawned, Victoria Beckham -- often portrayed as the sexy serious Posh Spice -- remained a member of the hottest girl group of the '90s, the Spice Girls. However, as the world moved into the 2000s, the members of the quartet, Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, and Melanie Brown, were all making solo arrangementsSee more details below

Overview

As the new millennium dawned, Victoria Beckham -- often portrayed as the sexy serious Posh Spice -- remained a member of the hottest girl group of the '90s, the Spice Girls. However, as the world moved into the 2000s, the members of the quartet, Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, and Melanie Brown, were all making solo arrangements and recording solo tracks. Therefore, it was no surprise when Beckham released a debut solo album in 2001. What's interesting to note is that Beckham was often noted as the weakest singer of the girl group; her voice was often considered too wispy for solos when compared to that of Chisholm or Bunton. Therefore, many people were quite pleasantly surprised at the final product produced by Beckham and her support staff. Beckham certainly doesn't fill her album with power ballads. Rather, she has no problem abusing the voice box and digitally enhancing her voice. The result is an electric -- yet vapid -- set, which sounds like a computer recording. Beckham isn't a true artist on this album, and most of her personality is lost in the shuffle, yet the music is 100 percent enjoyable, with posh ballads (for lack of a better term), sweet uptempo songs, and bubblegum pop tunes that will have any girl or woman singing along in her bedroom. Most of the music blends together; the songs aren't necessarily individual hits (with a few exceptions, such as "Not Such an Innocent Girl" and "I.O.U."). In addition, many of the lyrics, when given a spoonful of attention, are laughable ("I'm not made of china, I'm not made of glass," Beckham coos to her man, suggesting she needn't be handled delicately.) Yet Beckham's often sexy lower voice keeps the album coy and mature, and not in a creepy way (perhaps mindful of the young girls who idolized her from her days as a Spice Girl). In fact, the majority of the songs are of the same caliber as the lesser-known Spice Girls tracks. If one feels that Beckham isn't trying to be a genuine artist, and that she is merely attempting to do her best as a singer, then this collection of over-produced yet strong songs is a pleasantly enjoyable set. However, as a full-fledged artist Beckham has failed, since her own songwriting is lacking and her voice is secondary to the music, which drowns her out in parts. It's all about perspective.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2001
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724381119723
catalogNumber:
811197

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Victoria Beckham   Primary Artist
Steve Kipner   Keyboards
Chris Braide   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
David Frank   Keyboards
Anders Hansson   Keyboards
Milton McDonald   Guitar
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Bernadette Barlow   Background Vocals
Ericka Yancey   Background Vocals
Everton Nelson   Violin
Peter Biker   Keyboards
Johan Åberg   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
RL   Guitar
Andrew Frampton   Keyboards
Chris Worsey   Cello
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Simon Hill   Drums
Reiad Chibah   Viola

Technical Credits

Steve Kipner   Producer,Instrumentation
Chris Braide   Arranger
David Frank   Producer
Anders Hansson   Programming,Producer
Jack Kugell   Producer
Rhett Lawrence   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Soulshock   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Karlin   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Damon Thomas   Producer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Dave Russell   Engineer
Harvey Mason   Producer
Peter Biker   Producer
Will Catterson   Engineer
Wayne Wilkins   Programming
Tony Salter   Programming,Engineer
Mike Busbee   Engineer
Daniel Frampton   Engineer
Johan Åberg   Programming,Producer
RL   Engineer
Andrew Frampton   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Jason Bonilla   Programming,Engineer
Simon Hill   Programming,drum programming
Matt Prime   Programming,Producer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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