A Girl Like Me

A Girl Like Me

by Emma Bunton
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A Girl Like Me

Emma Bunton's post-Spice Girls solo debut is the most surprising of the lot, as it moves farther afield from the bubblegummy dance-pop of her former band than Melanie C.'s Northern Star or Geri Halliwell's Schizophonic. The single "What Took You So Long?" opens the album on a gliding cushion of acoustic guitars, dreamy keyboards, and laid-back mid-tempo beats, a mix that underpins nearly the entire album. Even the assertive title track (the hook of which is a cleverly bleeped f-word in the chorus, a deliberate move away from the saccharine Baby Spice image) has the relaxed groove and organic feel of a classic early disco single instead of the canned electronic beats of Hi-NRG dance music. Bunton didn't have the best voice in the Spice Girls (that would be Melanie C., with a special nod to Geri Halliwell for getting by on loudmouthed brassiness), but unlike Victoria Beckham and Mel B, she can genuinely sing, albeit sometimes with a thin reediness that's not quite enough for a song like the gospel-inflected "Sunshine on a Rainy Day." (And the cover of Edie Brickell's "What I Am" only reinforces what a lame song it is.) On the other hand, "Been There, Done That" and the slinky "We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight" sound like the singles that should have been from the Spice Girls' disappointing last album, unapologetically catchy and well-constructed pop songs in a style that's been a part of pop music since the days of Lesley Gore or the Supremes. A Girl Like Me isn't an album for the ages, but it's better than "not bad."

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0724381033401
catalogNumber: 810334

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emma Bunton   Primary Artist
Rhett Lawrence   Guitar
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
StoneBridge   Keyboards
Ulf Forsberg   Concert Master

Technical Credits

Evan Rogers   Composer,Producer
Chris Braide   Arranger,Composer
Edie Brickell   Composer
Martin Harrington   Composer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Rhett Lawrence   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Carl Sturken   Composer,Producer
John Themis   Composer
Simon Hale   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Lawrence Johnson   Vocal Arrangements
Ash Howes   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Steve Mac   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tin Tin Out   Producer
Julian Gallagher   Composer,Producer
Hemberger   Engineer
Will Catterson   Engineer
Daniel Frampton   Engineer
Emma Bunton   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Alvin Sweeney   Engineer
Andrew Frampton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Jason Bonilla   Engineer
Sharon Murphy   Composer
Uli Janson   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Steve Price   Engineer
Withrow   Composer
Dave Morgan   Composer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer,Producer
M. Glover   Composer

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