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Melody [Enhanced]

Sharleen Spiteri Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B0017XFBR6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. It Was You 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. All The Times I Cried 3:240.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Stop, I Don't Love You Anymore 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Melody 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Wonder 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I'm Going To Haunt You 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Don't Keep Me Waiting 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. You Let Me Down 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Where Did It Go Wrong 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Day Tripping 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Francoise 3:340.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Melody, Sharleen Spiteri's first venture into the artistic lebensraum of a solo career after more than 20 years fronting Texas, has 'Radio 2 Album of the Week' stamped all the way through its precision-tooled centre. That may well have you racing towards it with open arms or scurrying away from it in alarm, depending on how much you like Radio 2 and, indeed, Ms Spiteri herself.

The Glaswegian chanteuse says that being free from band commitments meant that she could make 'the album I always dreamed of', an ambition that translates into a concise 11-track proposition sounding for all the world like Nancy Sinatra had begun making records for Tamla Motown.

Spiteri takes the Motown model a little too much to heart, delivering an LP-length offering of less than 37 minutes. 36 minutes and 57 seconds, to be precise. Which leaves enough playing time on a standard CD for her to issue her second solo album on the same disc. Only the most dedicated of fans will think they'll be getting full-price value for an offering as parsimonious as this.

What there is, is what you'd expect. Spiteri is in fine vocal form, with that distinctive burnt caramel carapace pulling at the heartstrings as effectively as ever. A pity that album opener It Was You (co-produced with Bernard Butler) sounds like Duffy's Mercy and I'm Going To Haunt You is a poor plastic take on Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made for Walkin'. But Berry Gordy would find much to approve of in Spiteri's accomplished use of brass and rippling percussion in Don't Keep Me Waiting, soul-laced harmonies in You Let Me Down and the glorious finger-clicking excitement of the Supremes-like Day Tripping.

There's a touch of an end-credits Bond theme about the title track, a forlorn late-night pledge to a lost lover, and launch single All The Times I Cried adds a sprinkling of Burt Bacharach to the mix to prove a likable introduction to Spiteri's new solo career. It still sounds like Texas, though! --Michael Quinn

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharleen, please indulge us a little longer! 15 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
If Sharleen is trying to reinvent herself as a solo artist - new sound, new image - then this is a brave attempt. It feels personal, whether or not these songs tell of her own experience, or are in any way cathartic. The richness of her voice is perhaps even more appreciated without the big band sound, but there is no lack of musical complexity and harmony in this album. The only disappointing thing for me is the brevity of the tracks; most are a teasing 3 short minutes and only Day Tripping lets you indulge for just a little longer. Conveniently brief for air play but too short to satisfy dedicated fans of that melodic voice we've come to love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An album to savour 4 Aug 2008
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Having only been a fan of Texas for the last 8 years or so, it feels as though I have almost watched their slow descent - their last two albums, CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR and REDBOOK seemed not to get the appreciation they deserved, so it was with a little trepidation that I purchased Sharleen's first solo outing. Having now had the album for a week, I can heartily say that I should not have worried. MELODY is brilliant.

The opening track, "It Was You" is a fantastic way to open an album. Although it is a breakup song, the uptempo beat means that it is not depressing. And this track really sets a precdent for the ones to come - the mood is set. As others have already said, there is a very obvious retro feel to the album, and the vast majority of songs are about relationships coming to an end, rather than celebrating how good love can be. However, despite this focus on the more painful side of love, the album does not feel too suffocating. The fabulous track, "Melody", provides the needed lift - the song is just brilliant; it seems to drip with optimism, its relatively laid back tempo lulling you along.

Sharleen should be very proud of this first solo offering - it goes to show that she is a very talented singer / songwriter, with or without Texas.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharleen Spiteri's Guilty Pleasures..... 12 July 2008
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I've loved the band Texas' music for almost a decade and I've been eagerly anticipating Sharleen's solo CD since word came out about it. "Melody" really is the key word here - and that is a good thing. There are real instruments playing real melodies, and that seems to be considered something of a "guilty pleasure" in the context of today's popular music.

There are great songs like the first single "All the Times I Cried", the uptempo sunshine pop of "Don't Keep Me Waiting", the temepered Ray Charles beat of "It Was You", and the wonderfully tounge-in-cheek rockabilly of "I'm Gonna Haunt You." Even though the songs are mostly inspired by Sharleen's split up with the father of her five-year-old daughter, listening to the CD will not bring you down - quite the opposite.

As already alluded to, there is a definite retro 1960s-70s sound to the songs and arrangements. In the context of Texas' last few albums, that should not be a surprise. The album does border on being a bit over-produced at times, but then that was true about a lot of the most beloved popular music back then.

I am amazed at the choice of specific musical references and riffs used here and finding the specific songs of that era that they come from. On "I Wonder", Sharleen lifts the melody and line "every chance you get you seem to hurt me more and more, but each hurt makes my mind (love) stronger than before" from Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar." The arrangement on "Day Tripping" is shamelessly based on the very obscure, but exquisitely lovely song "Roots of Love" by the soulful 70s female trio Quiet Elegance. The intro of "Francoise" and Sharleen's whispery vocal delivery echoes Claudine Longet's version of "I Love How You Love Me." (***see my update on this comment below...).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb 30 Sep 2008
By pompeyman VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
along with Duffy these are my 2 albums of the year. Every track is superb, very classy production and I love the use of horns on a lot of the tracks. Only 2 or 3 sound like Texas, otherwise you get Tamla, Nancy Sinatra and a French sound.I wish there were more songs as the 11 fly by when listening and its under 40 mins long. Do another next year Sharleen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first Sharleen-related purchase 16 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
[G W Hope's son reviewing.] I had never been a huge fan of Texas, but I always really enjoyed the classics such as "I Don't Want A Lover," "In Demand" and "Say What You Want" when I was younger. I always thought Sharleen had a fantastic voice so I bought this album upon the strength of the first single "All The Times I Cried."

I'm extremely glad I bought it; in my opinion I found it even slightly better than that of Duffy or Amy Winehouse, to who Spiteri is similarly compared to throughout this album [sure, she's had some negativity for it, but the girl does a fantastic job]. My only complaint, which has already been made by many, is that the album is too short! I don't have a problem with the length of the tracks but it would have been nice if a few more tracks had been included, as I'm also sure they would have been up to a high quality and standard.

Spiteri has already proved that she is very talented as a singer and a musician, but futhermore reveals her talent with this album: she co-wrote every track on the album and also produced every track, while also providing the instrumentation on some tracks along with her fantastic band. As already mentioned, her vocals are in great shape too. Some of my favourites are the incredibly catchy opening track and second single, "It Was You" with its catchy, irresistable hook, my particular favourite, the Motown 60s inspired "Don't Keep Me Waiting" is extremely fun to listen to! Title track "Melody" and closing song "Francoise," which is one of the two songs Sharleen wrote alone on the album (the other being "Where Did It Go Wrong?"), are also standouts.

To sum it up, this is a brave and brilliant debut effort from Spiteri and if you like the music of Duffy and Winehouse or any 60s act back in their day (Gabriella Cilmi is also another obvious contender, along with Adele), don't hesitate to buy this record - even if you weren't too fond of Texas' music!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars sharleen spiteri
been looking for this album for a long time well worth the wait and good value for money have bought aother one of her albums
Published 2 months ago by joanbailey
4.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LIKE SHARLEEN YOU'LL PROBABLY LIKE THIS
LACKS THE TEXAS PUNCH AND CONSISTENCY; CERTAINLY NOT BAD, BUT NOT UP TO SHARLEEN'S NORMAL EXCEPTIONAL STANDARDS, SO PLEASED THEY ARE NOW WORKING TOGETHER AGAIN
Published 4 months ago by nodoubttexas
4.0 out of 5 stars Why did it take me so long to buy it?
Good album which I knew about but never got around to buying and now I have I am just annoyed I did not buy it 5 years ago.
Published 10 months ago by S C ELMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved this album. I think Sharleen Spiteri has a really good voice and I listen to this in the car all the time. Really good album.
Published 13 months ago by T. ANDERSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Replaced as lost
I loved it, but lost the CD so replaced to fall in love again. lol It's top quality music and lyrics.
Published 15 months ago by Paul Higbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Always liked Sharleen when she was in Texas great voice and this album is one to be enjoyed. Keep churning out the albums because you have a fantastic voice.
Published on 16 Oct 2010 by A. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a real grower
As great as Sharleen is, I don't think that anyone would disagree that she is not as great a singer as Amy Winehouse. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2009 by Lee Hornsey
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW! So nearly a 5 *
Well this was different! It wasn't AT ALL what I anticipated (I hadn't heard anything off it before I bought it) but it's extremely refreshing and really good fun to listen to. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
Present for the other half........... She loves it, not been out of the player since!!!
Published on 14 Mar 2009 by Mr. D. F. Spencer
3.0 out of 5 stars Some decent tunes but no substance
The singles sounded great, but really this is a disappointing, lightweight album.
Several of the Motownesque songs initially catch the attention, but do not bear repeated... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2009 by Mr. Stephen Edwards
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