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  • Audio CD (4 Dec. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: U.M.T.V.
  • ASIN: B000KJTDF4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Emma Bunton - Life In Mono - Cd

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This third solo outing from former Spice girl Emma Bunton is, in many significant ways, a direct continuation of the nostalgic direction of previous album, Free Me. The sound so vigorously pursued on that album, which retrospectively harks back to the swinging 60s and the romantic days of bossa nova, not only gave Bunton a much needed niche, but provides a perfect backdrop to her bubblegum-lite vocals. Where Free Me was good, Life In Mono is really good. The same easy-going soul and bossa motifs run through the album, as do the gently sweeping strings and mellifluous brass - but there's a more subtle and production ethic at work that makes the songs feel more sophisticated, more insouciant. The delightfully jaunty "Take Me to Another Town" anchors the album, surrounded by a plethora of happy-go-lucky bliss-pop that includes the Bond-esque title track and the seductive "Undressing You". Things go slightly awry at the end with an unconvincing take on Petula Clark's "Downtown", and perhaps the album wouldn't have suffered from a few more memorable hooks. But all in all, this is some of the freshest and most alluring pop music around right now. --Danny McKenna

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Format: Audio CD
This is just a stunning album. Her last, Free Me was a wonderful collection of 60's type songs. This is more of the same but with a modern twist, and has come of age, she has made this her territory.

There is a blatantly Bond theme type track (they should ask her, we could do with a decent new Bond song). Some great melodies which, similar to her first album are not immediately catchy, but you find yourself playing them again and again to get the nuances she puts in.

This lady must spend some serious time in the studio getting her songs honed to a fine finish. The production is as smooth as silk, without being over done.

Emma always has at least one fun catchy track, in this case it is track 7 Take Me To Another Town. This track alone is worth the cost of the album.

My copy has the bonus tracks, amongst which are the sixties classics Something Tells Me and Perhaps. Brilliantly done.

All in all a great album and this Spice lady has a great future, no flash in the pan here. Talent will out and it has here. Sexy Sassy and her best yet. Well done Emma, more of the same please!
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This collection is light, happy, bouncy, and well executed. The songs are semi-retro, there's the hint of bossa nova, and I can see a couple of tracks that feel like they should be played while Ursula comes out of the water from a Bond film. Emma's vocals remain breezy, and that suits this music.

Will it be a classic? Probably not. Have I listened to it repeatedly this week? Yes, I have. It is great everyday music, sing-a-long music, around the house music. If you liked the Free Me CD, then you will probably like this disc. All in all, enjoyable and fun.

NOTE: If you are trying to do an in-depth musical analysis of this album, then I need to remind you that this is an ex-Spice girl. The music was cotton candy with the Spice Girls, and the sweetness continues with this album. Nothing wrong with that, but you just have to admit that you want something fun for now.
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this is a first!!! the first ex-spice to produce a credible and accessible third album....poor old vics didnt stand a chance..mel b's second album was undoubted better than the first..but flopped (undeserveably)..mel cs rock chick wore a bit thin and geri could never really sing! but baby....

her first album was ok her second had huge catchy tunes from start to finish..heavily influenced by the 60s..which worked as the market needed some thing something a bit different!

album no.3 is heavily influenced by the sixties but emma shows she is here to stay and is the new petula clark of the millenium!!! great timesless feel to the album but still up to date! this will please pop fans and ex spice fans and anyonw who loves the big classic 60s sound!

the first song "all i need to know" is a standout track as it is largely acoustic and one of her best songs yet!

the rest of the album is just as good! i will try to explain the feel...girls aloud capture the 80s but bring it up to date in a unique way..emma does this for her sixties vibe..nothing sounds dated it sounds fresh and modern!

think dusty! think cilla! (maybe not) think of a credible female singer singing credible songs and that is what you have!!!

the baby is still there...and she has found something very special!!! a niche! and she is a very nice lady!!!! so i am told!!! and posh is even nicer!

a wonderful album..full of feelgood tracks!!!
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Life in Mono is fresh, clean and zings with style. Her voice is excellent unlike some of the other ex 'Spice Girls'. The arrangements are both interesting and unique and shows Emma's true talents.

This is by far the best album to date and I certainly hope she continues producing quality material like this. Unlikely to be a classic but it's certainly addictive. I have bought several CD's for my family and they all love the album too. My daughter is 'hooked'.

Great job Emma!!
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....for the bonus tracks especially the shamefull Downtown and Cillas Something - more loose and free than her previous effort and should be said that her best song the title track is one not written by her. Great 60s French style pop though....
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After the delightful Free Me I was left reeling that it was Emma Bunton who was to be the only Spice Girl with an actual solo career and flawless album to boot. Due to this I eagerly anticipated her follow up and whilst Life In Mono is far from a bad album, I was left feeling dissatisfied. It's not that 'Life In Mono' is particularly dull (although All I Need To Know is), it's just that the songs just lack the fun catchy chorus' that made Free Me so irresistible.

All I Need To Know is so boring, why it was ever released as a single is beyond me, it truly deserved it's lowly placement of #60. It's not that I have a grudge against ballads, but the song has no hook, or soul. Life In Mono is weirdly interesting and one of the highlights, and being a cover version (as so many reviewers were quick to point out) takes nothing away from Emma's beautiful delivery. One thing that Emma brings to the table is a sugary sweet vocal performance which really entrances the audience and sounds amazing on this track.

Mischievous is cute and Perfect Strangers is another highlight with a great chorus. But the best song by far comes in the form of He Loves Me Not which oozes a breezy summer feel. The album really captures the sixties in its carefree nature and minimalistic style, with this being no exception. I Wasn't Looking (When I Found Love) is another mellow yet confident track that boasts one of the strongest chorus' on the album, stunning.

Take Me To Another Town is an interesting up-tempo number leading to Undressing You which oozes sex appeal with the luxurious backing track only enhancing Emma's teasing vocal delivery. I'm Not Crying Over Yesterdays is gorgeous and playful whilst not being one the strongest tracks, whilst All That You'll Be ends the album on an even weaker note.
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