The Sea

The Sea

by Melanie C



It's difficult to remember a time when Spice Girls' solo careers weren't met with either total apathy or utter bemusement, but at the start of the noughties, Melanie C appeared poised to become the Robbie Williams of the group, with debut Northern Star racking up over a millions sales, spawning two U.K. number one singles, and sticking two fingers up to the skeptics who argued that a girl-band singer, best known for doing back flips in track suits would never appeal to an older album-buying audience. Unfortunately, it's all been downhill since then, and after taking herself too seriously on 2003's underperforming Reason, her solo career has fallen the wayside of her former bandmates', with the self-pitying pub rock of 2005's Beautiful Intentions and 2007's more encouraging but still slightly bland This Time failing to make any kind of impact whatsoever. But while the rest of the Spice Girls appear content to concentrate their efforts on trashy reality shows and fashion ranges, the artist formerly known as Sporty Spice continues to persevere with what she became famous for, as evident on her fifth studio album, The Sea. The good news is that while the four-year gap between her first and second record killed her career, the same lengthy time away this time around appears to have rejuvenated it, as its 11 tracks, co-written with the likes of Starsailor's James Walsh, Guy Chambers, and Spice/Spiceworld producer Richard Stannard, are the most mature and accomplished she's produced in over a decade. Drenched in luscious cinematic strings, the tribal drums and new age melodies of the title track, the Latin-tinged percussion of "Weak," and the twinkling, ambient electronica of the epic eight-minute "Enemy," feature the kind of orchestral production which show that Melanie's sometimes rough-around-the-edges tones have pleasantly mellowed somewhat: "Think About It" and "Stupid Game" are bombastic Katy Perry/Kelly Clarkson-esque pop
ock anthems which prove she can still compete with those who were barely in their teens during the peak of Spicemania, while the grandiose "Get Out of Here" sounds like Muse's cover of "Feeling Good" crossed with a John Barry James Bond score. The X-Factor winner's "Beautiful Mind" and '80s-inspired "Drown" are perhaps just two string-soaked ballads too many, while "Burn," with its simplistic, childlike production, is pure synth pop by numbers. But The Sea is still a huge leap forward from her past three efforts, and had it been released as the follow-up to Northern Star, rather than 12 years down the line, it could possibly have sustained her initial solo success.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Ais
UPC: 5037300772882
catalogNumber: 0077288

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melanie C   Primary Artist
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Sally Herbert   Mandolin,Violin
Calina de la Mare   Violin
Bruce White   Violin
Scott Firth   Bass Guitar
Nick Nasmyth   Keyboards
Julia Singleton   Violin
Claire Orsler   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Sophie Harris   Cello
Chris Worsey   Cello
Frances Dewar   Violin
Richard Pryce   Double Bass
Paul Boddy   Keyboards
Greg Hatwell   Guitar,Keyboards
Rachel Robson   Viola
Andy Chatterley   Keyboards
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Rick Koster   Violin
Nina Foster   Violin
Alison Dods   Violin
Jasdeep Singh Degun   Sitar

Technical Credits

James Walsh   Composer
Martin Brammer   Composer
Guy Chambers   Composer
Cutfather   Producer
Sally Herbert   String Arrangements
Peter-John Vettese   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Ash Howes   Composer
Nick Nasmyth   Programming
Pip   Cover Photo
Seton Daunt   Composer
Jodi Marr   Composer
Paul Boddy   Programming,Additional Production
Greg Hatwell   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Daniel Davidsen   Composer,Producer
Adam Argyle   Composer,Vocal Producer
Andy Chatterley   Programming,Producer,Engineer
James Earp   Composer
Chuck Harmony   Composer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer
Ina Wroldsen   Composer
Mich Hansen   Composer
Jez Ashurst   Composer
Jason Gill   Composer,Producer
Dee Adam   Composer
Melanie Chisholm   Composer
Jason Tarver   Engineer
Lauren Christie   Composer

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Melanie C. is an incredible woman and artist she is so talented she knows how to draw u in and keep u captivated. She is and always will be an inspiration to me because she stands for what she believes in. The albums she makes are sure to take you to places in your life that u have been too before. Congrads to mel c. FOR MAKING THE BEST ALBUM OF HER CAREER SO FAIR I AGREE WITH HER. I recommend u see if u agree with me and mel herself.