Spice Girls - Spice | Album Review
Their debut album, 'Spice', came out in September 1996 and it sold more than 31 million records worldwide. The best selling album by a girl group of all time.
The album starts off with their first single, 'Wannabe'. A song which everybody knows. It is a fun, bubbly, dance song that introduced us to the Spice Girls. It has been revealed in an interview that their label didn't want 'Wannabe' to be their first single, but the Spice Girls fought for it and it paid off. This song is very catchy with lyrics such as 'So tell me what you want, what you really, really want' - everyone knows the lyrics to this song and that is what makes it a great song exactly what new artists and bands want when they bring out a song, especially their debut single. 'Wannabe' was released in 1996 - I wasn't even born yet and I know and love this song. That is how good this song is.
The next song on the album is 'Say You'll Be There' - another song everyone knows. This song was the second single from the album. It is a mix of Pop and R&B which got mixed reviews on its release. It is about what they had been through as a group and how they were always there for each other. The music videos show the girls as female techno-warriors with males having dis-empowerment - a real girl power song. However, this song became the Spice Girls second number 1 song in the UK. Another song I love, one of my favourite from the album and, again, this is another song that everyone knows the lyrics of. I am sure everyone knows all lyrics from the Spice Girls.
Another one of the Spice Girls' well-known songs - '2 Become 1' - their third single from the album. This is a pop ballad which is a different sound to the previous songs on the album. The song was inspired by a relationship that was developing between Geri Halliwell and Rowe during the writing session. It was a success with the critics and topped the UK charts for 3 weeks.
'Love Thing' is the next song on the album. It is about a relationship and all the disappointments which wants them to not know anything to do with love. The song is a fun, dance song with catchy lyrics. Then the rest of the songs on this album are 'Last Time Lover', 'Mama', 'Who Do You Think You Are', 'Something Kinda Funny', 'Naked', 'If U Can't Dance'. All with different sounds but still pop and R&B and catchy lyrics. The Spice Girls always create a song with catchy lyrics and tunes - and that is what I love about them.
'Mama' has more of an acoustic feeling to the song with the acoustic guitar in the background. The song describes difficulties in relationships between mothers and daughters. It was released as a double A-side with 'Who Do You Think You Are', and became the official single of the 1997 Comic Relief. Its Big TV! the directed music video featured the group singing to an audience of children and their own mothers. This song also has mixed reviews by critics but 'Mama' was a success.
The last single from the album was 'Who Do You Think You Are'. The fun dance song which everybody knows. The song is heavily influenced by early 1990's Euro-pop and has a nu-disco-style beat that resembles the music of the late 1970s. Its lyrics are about superstar life, and how someone can get trapped in the world of fame. Critics liked the song and praised Mel C's vocals.
Overall, this album is a really good debut album which brought the Spice Girls a lot of fame. Catchy lyrics and catchy tunes is a stand out when releasing an album/song - especially a debut album/song.