- Audio CD (29 Mar. 2007)
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Big in Germany' is never a good phrase to be using when describing the current status of a former British pop superstar. Indeed the solo careers of the Spice Girls should be ringing major alarm bells in any member of Girls Aloud considering the prospect of solo-dom. Melanie C was always the most likely to succeed yet despite the promise of her first solo album, Northern Star, has failed to gain any major UK success since 2000.
This Time is Melanie's 4th solo album, and her 2nd on self-funded label Red Girl Records. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it. It's a competent, solid record that her fans will love, but when it comes to winning new ones, weak songs like 'Immune' and 'Out of Time' do nothing to drum up any excitement.
The album was launched with a cover of old 60s song 'I Want Candy', a bizarre idea which saw Melanie in an over-produced pop video looking slightly embarrassed of quite how poppy she was acting. Thankfully it's entirely unrepresentative of the album as a whole. Instead the strong opener 'Understand' ticks the U2 stadium rock boxes and sets the tone for what lies ahead.
While you'd expect the dream combination of Guy Chambers and Cathy Dennis to propel 'Protected' to stand-out track, that honour actually falls to 2nd single 'Carolyna'. Co-written by Chisholm herself, it's a strong and catchy midtempo pop song that really highlights how emotive Melanie's voice can be.
She's lucky to have that distinctive voice and a loyal, if small, fanbase. But unless she finds that magic song (or, dare we say it, goes on a reality tv show), the concept of Melanie C as a solo artist is so uncool to the current generation of single buyers it's unlikely she'll be bothering the charts too much ever again. --Talia Kraines
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My favourtie track has to be 'Carolyna' with 'Understand', 'Your Mistake' and 'May Your Heart' close to it.
Overall Melanie has proved that she deserves to be recording still! Most people will put her down because of the Spice Girls but i say have some respect, the Spice Girls dont a lot for British Music abroad and Mel's voice is so strong, we need to support out artists not knock them when they're this good.
There are some great standout tracks but Mel often releases odd singles...like from the previous album, she didn't release the stronger tracks to gain interest in the album. SO I propose that the next single has to be CAROLYNA! What an amazing song. I've had it on repeat since I got the CD. Loving 'Understand', and 'Don't Let Go' also.
This could be a massive hit CD for her, if she chooses the singles wisely! So, if you're reading this Mel.... Carolyna is a MUST to get people buying your WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC album.
Love the sound of her voice, no matter what she sings...
This album doesn't disapoint, it's more mature and has a very nice 'feel' about it, for me i like all the tracks, there are no fillers and more than at least 3 singles to be released, playlist Radio 2, all the album would play very well on radio 2, good honest fm acoustic rock nothing wrong with that. Nothing on here to offend anyone, it's just a good easy going well written album, the list of musican's is large, a the production is top draw, so buy it, most of all enjoy it, which i'm sure anyone buying will, there's nothing not to like it's all good.
I only have praise for Melanie C, class act, and a very classy lady.
This album is great as all the songs show Melanie has such a beautiful voice and the songs show that Melanie can do the rock and the ballad music. This is definitely worth a listen.
As I like all her music so much its hard to rate out of 10, the songs, so I will say that 'Understand', 'Forever Again', 'The Moment You Believe' and 'Don't Let Me Go' are some of my favourite songs from this album. They are great catchy songs that Melanies voice really shines through.
This album is very different to her last album- 'Beautiful Intentions', as that album had mainly very upbeat, rock songs. I think this album is quite similar to Melanies 2nd album- 'Reason'- as that had quite a lot of ballad songs. Nevertheless this is a superb album and shows just how Melanie has changed over the years, as from the songs you can see she has grown up a lot and is able to still make fantastic songs.
I think everyone should give her a chance and show support by buying her new album, as too many people see her as a 'spice girl'. She isn't one anymore, and has changed so much. This album has so many amazing songs that show what a brilliant singer she is and show she is very capable of still making great music.
So buy her album, as you won't regret it.
My most favourites would have to go out to
"Protected" (which would make a good soundtrack song to the movie <Eragon>)
"What If I Stay" (A simple yet with a strong harmony song that Badly Drawn Boys would have love to produce)
"Carolyna" (A poppy yet Definitely seduective track that will keep listener dancing and singing along even when the song has ended)
"Don't Let Me Go" (A very chilled out yet beautiful duel with Adam that make the song so "Casual Romantic" feel to it...Wouldn't it be better if Melanie's boyfriend were to be the one singing with her?)
"The Moment You Believe" (A classic song with a classic voice projected by Melanie. The song sounds touching too!)
To sum up...Being a real Melanie fan for so long...This is DEFINITELY Melanie's BEST album out of the four solo LPs she has releases. Don't just say 2 thumps up...but my whole fingers are UP! This Time is confirm out there to impress everyone...even to the non-Melanie fans. So do give her a chance to shine in this album! ;)