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Free Me

Emma BuntonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0001B3YWY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Free Me
2. Maybe
3. I'll Be There
4. Tomorrow
5. Breathing
6. Crickets Sing For Anamaria
7. No Sign Of Life
8. Who The Hell Are You
9. Lay Your Love On Me
10. Amazing
11. You Are
12. Something So Beautiful

Editorial Reviews

Following her massive success in 2003 with her brilliant singles 'Free Me' & 'Maybe' & her 2004 smash 'I'll Be There' everyone's favorite former Spice Girl releases her highly anticipated album entitled 'Free Me'. Recorded throughout 2003 in the UK & Spain, 'Free Me' is a diverse, energetic album that oozes sophistication. A marked maturity of sound is featured on this record which Emma herself describes as having, "a real 60's influence". The album features collaborations from such esteemed hit makers as Cathy Dennis, Yak Bondie, Simon Ellis & Henry from Zero 7 & is Emma's most accomplished achievement to date. A great pop record from a great pop star. 12 tracks including all three of the smash hit singles mentioned above, along with a 16-page full color booklet with some great photos. 19 Recordings/Universal. 2004.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Free and Lovely October 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Thumbing her button nose at current chart trends Emma (Bunton, once Baby Spice, now seems to prefer simply 'Emma') has come up with something of a surprise with this contemporary and sophisticated pastiche of 1960's Swinging London, Bossa Nova and bubblegum music. It's a brave move, and a very successful one.

'Free Me' matches Emma's honeyed vocals against equally lush orchestral arrangements, Latin cocktail rhythms and excellent pop songs evocative of Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch, Antonio Carlos Jobim and James Barry. She channels the spirit of 60's Brit girls such as Sandie Shaw and Cilla Black, evokes the lounge calm of Astrud Gilberto and even mixes in the charm of Motown and early 70's easy listening. I'm sensing we're seeing an artist more in control of her output than in the past (the album title alone seems to suggest this, also, Emma has co-written all but one track on the album).

'Maybe' (also a single) is the stand-out track with an infectious melody and its lush Georgie Fame rhythms. The natural extension of the song is the brilliant campy film clip with its way-out Vogue `69 fashions and crazy choreography. I only wish there was a 'Movin' With Nancy' (Sinatra) style TV special to accompany the whole album. There's a touch of James Bond ('Free Me' and 'No Sign of Life'), pop anthems ('I'll Be There') and musical hooks at every turn ('Tomorrow', 'Breathing'). The solitary cover (and current UK single) is 'Crickets Sing for Annamaria' (originally by Latin maestro Marcus Valle). Although perhaps more obviously suited to, say, Bebel Gilberto, Emma pulls it off magnificently. 'Lay All Your Love On Me' co-penned by Cathy Dennis (Kylie, Britney hit machine) is more cute than the chart-blazer I was expecting, but excellent nonetheless.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Perfect Pop March 23, 2006
By ZeloGuy
Format:Audio CD
A 21st Century Petula Clark. And believe me, that IS NOT an insult.
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46 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emma prevails post-Spice slump March 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Anyone can disregard the Spice Girls as a fad act or a manufactured band that catered to a certain passing trend. However, that would be the judgment of a person lacking in knowledge when it comes to popular music - a genre overlooked as phony, but in reality, is a culture-rich category of music that is nothing but a reflection of our time.
The Spice Girls conquered the world from Japan to the USA, breaking the stateside consistence on delivering "real" music and ushering in an era of pop. Yes, it was the Spice Girls who made it possible for bands like *N Sync and artists like Britney Spears to break it big. Notice pop music in the early nineties before the Spice fever - it was at a low-point with nothing identifying pop but a few British boy bands and big time divas, who also shied into the R&B field for sanctuary from pop-phobia, a la Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton.
After the Spice Girls' skyrocketing success came a fast downfall, however, with Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) leaving the band in pursuit of a solo career, which every single one of them would meander into later.
Halliwell released the widely-appreciated Schizophonic, with hits such as "Look at Me," "Lift Me Up" and "Bag It Up." The ginger one also released a yoga video and a sophomoric slump, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster, with the title track "Calling," and her rendition of The Weather Girls' classic, "It's Raining Men" as singles. The latter also appeared on the soundtrack of Bridget Jones' Diary.
The four other spices stuck together for one more album, Forever, then embarked on solo careers.
Melanie C (Sporty Spice) managed to be the most successful of the members with her incomparable debut Northern Star.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delicious slice of 60s pop with a scoop of bossanova. February 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Despite this being Emma Bunton's second time around as a solo artist, 'Free Me' is actually her first disc to be released in America. In 2001, Virgin Records oversaw the release of her first album, 'A Girl Like Me,' which was not released in the US market. Shortly after they dumped her from their roster.

Yet out of her departure with Virgin came 'Free Me,' Bunton's more mature, sophomore effort overseen by 19 Records. On her first album Bunton hadn't quite found her sound. It was a bit erratic and possessed a hodge podge of pop tracks mixed with lite R&B tracks, whereas 'Free Me' possesses a unique 60s sound reminiscent of Petula Clark. Working closely with music guru Simon Fuller and 19 Recordings, Emma managed to find her sound and craft an album that is not only timeless but original.

The album's opener and title track, 'Free Me,' possesses a sexy James Bond theme with a heavenly chorus and lush horn sounds. Bunton's voice sounds ever so sweet and blends wonderfully with the rich instruments found on this track. What follows is 'Maybe,' the album's pinnacle and arguably one of the most infectious pop songs of the last decade. Straight out of the 60s, Emma works her magic with catchy 'ba da ba da ba' bits strewn over a bossanova beat that includes light drums, pianos, and horns. It's a blast from the past pop song that one might expect to find as the themesong to an Austin Powers film. And 'I'll Be There' is crafted in the same light. It's dramatic and includes a big, sing-out-loud chorus and a fantastic instrumental breakdown.

'Breathing' is a stand out track which features more of Emma's sweet as candy vocals that drip over subtle maracas and light drums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Hidden Gem
Let me start off by saying that I was a fan of the Spice Girls in the 90s when I was a preteen, but didn't follow their individual careers after the Spice craze ended. Read more
Published 5 days ago by K.L.C
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Listening
Her voice is so smooth and relaxing. This makes great background listening when you are trying to set the mood.
Published 3 months ago by vizman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Deal
The product arrived on time, with great quality! Brand-New, It has a beautiful cover and the extra-tracks announced, very good!! I Enjoy it a lot!!!! Read more
Published on February 22, 2011 by Monsieur Ribah
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and surprising Emma
I guess I must be the last one that had the opportnity of getting this terrific album via Amazon.com, since now it's not available here anymore (at least not in a new condition! Read more
Published on October 8, 2010 by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegance defined
Emma Bunton's sophomore album is just an elegant blend of genres from the 60s British Pop sound of "Maybe" (a favorite of mine) to the Latin pop cover of "Crickets Sing For... Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by Courtenay
5.0 out of 5 stars Who would have thought....?
Wow what a great album! It was weeks before I could stop singing "MAYBE" in my head. A great blend of dance beats mixed with a little 60's retro. Read more
Published on September 23, 2008 by Robert Owsley
4.0 out of 5 stars New discovery because of the Spice Girls reunion tour...
I heard "Maybe" at the Boston Ma. show and fell in love with it.
Just got the cd thru Amazon and haven't stopped listening to it. Read more
Published on February 7, 2008 by Dan Lee Hagar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This CD was great! I love the songs and the different sound and feel it has to it than other pop albums. Emma is very talented and shows it in this CD as well as her others!
Published on February 5, 2008 by Shelly Lynn Hargis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Solo-Spice Album : Burt Bacharach would be Proud
Why is this still the best Solo Spice Album? It defies explanation. When it was first released in 2004, few people expected that "Free Me" would become a Cult Album that would find... Read more
Published on January 17, 2008 by Marc Cabir Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma, baby!
I finally bought this years after it's release & I really like it. My partner took it to work to listen to, and now he a girl he works with both love it. Read more
Published on May 11, 2007 by C o r y
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