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Melody [Import]

Sharleen SpiteriAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B001AS69MY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It Was You
2. All the Times I Cried
3. Stop, I Don't Love You Anymore
4. Melody
5. I Wonder
6. I'm Going to Haunt You
7. Don't Keep Me Waiting
8. You Let Me Down
9. Where Did It Go Wrong
10. Day Tripping
11. Francoise

Editorial Reviews

2008 solo album from the singer/songwriter and leader of Scottish Pop rockers Texas. Not only did Sharleen write the whole album, she also produced it, taking complete artistic control of its every sonic nuance. Steeped in the sound and textures of '60s Soul, '50s Rock 'N' Roll and Doo-Wop, it's an album that's vintage in flavor yet utterly contemporary in spirit. Beside the new generation of retro-obsessed UK songbirds such as Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele, it's a timely reminder that Sharleen was already dabbling in similar influences over a decade ago, be it Tamla Motown ('Black Eyed Boy'), Marvin Gaye ('Say What You Want') or Elvis Presley (cross-dressing up as The King for 2001's 'Inner Smile' video). Going solo has allowed her the freedom to indulge in such consuming passions even further, creating an album that proudly wears its influences on its sleeve. 11 tracks including the first single 'All The Times I Cried'.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Texas' leading lady gets a 60s makeover. July 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"Melody" is a short but sweet selection of tracks which bear all the hallmarks of some of the most successful music of recent years, with the added element of Sharleen's vocals. We're talking laid back, end-of-the-night tunes that could be easily at home either on the dancefloor or in the background of a late summer barbecue.
The playlist is admittedly brief at around 37 minutes, but that doesn't matter too much, as it's good enough to put on a loop. In fact, with every track a winner one way or the other, the shuffle function might not be a bad idea to keep things interesting.
Generally speaking, quality definitely wins out over quantity on the debut solo album from the beautiful and talented Glaswegian chanteuse.
She is in fine vocal form, with that distinctive burnt caramel carapace pulling at the heartstrings as effectively as ever.
"Melody" is easy on the ear with plenty of sheen.
The 60s-infused Bondesque soul-pop is holler-along-while-you-Hoover fun, but lacks a Winehouse darkness.
Following Amy, Duffy and Adele, here's Sharleen, ex of Texas, with the mandatory Bernard Butler-produced, brassy, Motown-style heartbroken ballads about how her man done her wrong.
Actually Motown's 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".
As this was intensely personal stuff, it was not something she wished to address on a Texas album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than all of Texas put together... September 13, 2008
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As a longtime Texas fan I was excited and apprehensive about Sharleen Spiteri's solo debut. I have loved Texas since I discovered a song of theirs on the "Bend It Like Beckham" soundtrack. I went back thru their catalog and found that they had recorded an amazing number of catchy pop songs that really appealed to my appetite for beautifully crafted and well-produced music. Their greatest hits cd is one of my desert island discs--amazing for a band that I knew nothing about until 2002. So I was optimistic but cautious when I read that Spiteri was recording an album in the vein of Amy Winehouse and Duffy. What a revelation the resulting cd "Melody" is! Spiteri takes the Winehouse traditional soul genre and makes it her own--in spades. From the beginning track until the last one, I am more enthralled every time I listen to it. It is an amazing album by one of the richest voices in popular music. Listen--you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiteri Delivers November 7, 2008
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Melody is a beautiful album from Scottish soulstress 'Sharleen Spiteri'. She fuses soul with pop with ease and the sultry soothness of her voice can warm even the hardest of hearts. My favourite tracks are 'All The Times I Cried', where she dallies with McAlmont&Butler and 'Stop, I Don't Love You Anymore'. This collection, I believe, will stand the test of time and gets better with each listen. You can feel it in her delivery that she enjoyed making this album. Move over Texas, Sharleen is in the house.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Texas September 9, 2008
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"Melody" is the solo debut by lead vocalist of UK group Texas. Produced by Bernard Butler (he also produced Duffy's debut smash), it finds her mining that same lush, melodramatic sixties blue-eyed soul sound similar to Dusty Springfield or Nancy Sinatra.

It's a real shame that Sharleen will inevitably be accused of jumping on the retro soul bandwagon (presently commandeered by the likes of Duffy, Amy Winehouse and Adele) as she had already (with her group) dipped her toes in this style a decade ago, but no one can accuse her of lacking soul.

"Melody" is an album born out of heartbreak (she recently broke up with her partner of 10 years with whom she has a kid), thus a good chunk of the songs are downbeat swirling string-swathed pieces with lyrics to match; songs like "All the times I cried", the almost Trip Hop James Bond-esque "Melody" ("there's still no cure for you" she sings), the Marvin Gaye-like "I wonder" (lovely soothing harmonies),and "You let me down". The beautiful retro "I'm gonna haunt you" could have been done by Nancy Sinatra.

Upping the tempo are the swinging "It was you", the horn sprinkled "Stop, I don't love you anymore" (sure to get her Duffy comparisons), the Motown-style pair of "Don't keep me waiting" and "Where did it go wrong", and the horn driven "Day tripping".

Standout has got to be the tender lullaby-like closing track "Françoise" with softly chiming guitars, piano, and a hushed delivery from Sharleen. Stunning!!

I must confess, this CD is very uncommercial sounding (I'm not surprised none of the singles has been a big hit) but it's still managed to peak at #3 in the UK and go gold. A very good album which I would highly reccommend to any music lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's get real September 7, 2008
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Ms Spiteri's album is one of the best albums from a female Pop singer in the last year. Only Joan As Policewoman's album "To Survive" comes close in the Western World, Carla Bruni's recent album is excellent, too.

So if you feel like stuffing all the current crop of female "wannabe" pop singers in a blender, then put all your Duffy, Gabriella Cilmi, Lilly Allen, Missy Higgins, Pink and Sarah Blasko albums in the nearest dumpster and get into something with a bit more class - Sharleen Spiteri's very fine album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was a wonderful surprise to discover that the other songs on this...
Bought this album after hearing the song "I'm Going to Haunt You" at the end of a TV series. Read more
Published 27 days ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I discovered Sharleen Spiteeri on the Graham Norton show. I t was love at first sound. Her voice is quite beautiful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lonnie Wayne Killion
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!
How can you not love Sharleen. What a voice and what a talent. You are one of my all times favs. Thank you
Published 19 months ago by MIKE
5.0 out of 5 stars what i wanted
I heard the song "Im gonna Haunt you' and had to have a copy. this artist is great and has a sense of herself. Great.
Published 23 months ago by David J Hebert
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharleen Spiteri -Melody
This is the best CD find this summer! I have listened to Sharleen Spiteri Melody over and over and told all my friends about her. Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by BRains0519
4.0 out of 5 stars Melody
I only found out about Sharleen from an appearance on The Graham Norton Show. She has a wonderful, powerful, yet vulnerable sound to her voice. Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by Cheeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Voice - reminds me of Dusty Springfield
I recently saw Sharleen perform on The Graham Norton Show on the BBC America channel here in Oregon. The shows are several years old, but they are new to me. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Workshoplady
5.0 out of 5 stars New Brit Sound
I saw Sharlene Spiteri on an episode of Graham Norton's BBC America show. In the vein of Duffy & Amy Winehouse, each of the tracks on this cd is good. I heartily recommend Melody. Read more
Published on August 22, 2010 by yellow95
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharleen Spiteri - Melody
Ordered this CD after I saw her on the Graham Norton Show. Great retro sound and voice, something new and refreshing for once. Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by Rudy
3.0 out of 5 stars Texas (band) Frontwoman.
I first heard of Sharleen Spiteri when I purchased a song called "In Our Lifetime" while she was still a part of the scottish band "Texas". Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by ULTRA
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