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Studio album by ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown. Recorded in LA and produced by Kevin Malpass. Amber Records. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Today
  2. Stay In Bed Days
  3. Beautiful Girl
  4. Music Of The Night
  5. If I Had My Life Again
  6. In Too Deep
  7. Sweet Pleasure
  8. L.A. State Of Mind
  9. Say Say Say
  10. Bad Bad Girl
  11. Hold On


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 11, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Right Recordings
  • ASIN: B0009F9O3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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My how time changes things. Back in 1998, whilst touring America with former bandmates the Spice Girls, Melanie B declared that New York should've been her home. "Urban". "Raw". "Real". Adjectives she used to describe New York, while adjectives such as "tacky" & "false" described Los Angeles.

But motherhood & exposure to the nature of British celebrity must have changed Melanie's mind. Melanie now does indeed live in L.A. Though, after the madcap adventures of the Spice Girls, a divorce, a misdirected debut record, a bestseller book, & a daughter mellowed the "scary" in this spice.

"L.A. State of Mind" finds Melanie not discussing the Hollywood nature of L.A., but celebrating the warm & inviting calm it brought her. After her debut, Melanie took time between that record & this one. The sound here is radically different from "Hot", rightfully & thankfully so. Melanie was much more involved in this indie affair.

The eclecticism Melanie was known for, comes through on inspirational opener "Today", a number that is so positive, one can't help but smile. Even the subject of bad days is tackled with a Sheryl Crow affirmation feel on the bouncy "Stay In Bed Days". "If I Had My Life Again" & "In Too Deep" give the record a sturdy center, as they frankly address life & love, & celebrate them in all their confusing glory.

She's never sounded better, if at times she reaches too much, on "Beautiful Girl" & "Hold On". Hell, she smoulders on the spoken, sexy "Sweet Pleasure".

Overall, while this was not at all a commercial or critical darling in her native Britain or anywhere else for that matter, those that have heard it have come away with positive words about it. Melanie seems content & it comes across here. Honestly, with humor,& a little "spice".
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I've always like Mel B when she was in the Spice Girls, i think she's the one who can really sing (also emma), this album is really really nice! Just because they didn't have much promotion on it, but it's really good!
This album is sooo much better than her first solo album, Hot. Loads of great tracks in there, a perfect CD for getting ready for night out.
I especially like the song "Hold On", "Today" and "Say Say Say"... !!
It might be a bit crazy to spend $37.99 on a CD, but i think it's totally worth it!!
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1)Today Upbeat song makes you feel good 5/5

2)Stay In Bed Days ok song a rock feel but her voice sounds good on it could have done without the little kids 3/5

3)Beautiful Girl a heartfelt ballad for her daughter 5/5

4)Music Of The Night i think anyone can dance to this song i love it 5/5

5)If I Had My Life Again A song that makes you think about the past not one of my favorites but listenable 3/5

6)In Too Deep i really never listen to this song very much unless i'm listing to the whole album 2/5

7)Sweet Pleasure I do not like this song at all 1/5

8)L.A State Of Mind ok song again not one of my fav's 2/5

9)Say,Say,Say Dont really like this song but she sounds good on the song 3/5

10)Bad Bad Girl Sounds like it should have came out in the 80's 2/5

11)Hold On A great way to end the album 5/5

i think this a good album people should really buy it
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Melanie Brown has made a musical accomplishment over her first album, "Hot", but not a popularity accomplishment... Hot's highest chart position was in the 20's... not good for a spice... but then you look at "L.A. State of Mind"... A better album (without a doubt), but #453 is terrible. Amber Cafe, Melanie Brown, and the other spicers should be grimacing at this number. Terrible promotion and management.

Now the DVD is something else... It's a half hour of your life you'll never get back... thirty minutes of Melanie Brown explaining that she lives in L.A. and not U.K. Boring. I needed a bit more background info behind the tracks... especially songs like "Stay In Bed Days", "Hold On", "L.A. State of Mind", and "If I Had My Life Again"...

01. Today - (4/5) - The worst selling single of the spices (Thank Amber Cafe's poor promotion for that) at #41, this song deserves better but I thought that "Stay In Bed Days" or the album title track would have made a better single for this album... It's a great song for those early mornings for work where you get up and are feeling disheveled, yet when you boost the stereo volume in your car, you are suddenly enlightened.

02. Stay In Bed Days - (5/5) - Could have been a top 10 single in my opinion (under the right promotion of course), this song has extreme potential with the theme everyone can relate to: Days you just want to shut everything out... is life worth living outside your home? "Is This Me? Is this what I'm really like?" and "Am I a misery? Have I lost it in L.A.?" are understandable questions. Musically, this song is uptempo and something you wanna sing out loud with the top down on the lonely or traffic road on the way to your next destination.

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I finally got a hold of this. And to make it better, it's the CD+DVD edition that I bought, for a low price.

The most disappointing solo album from the Spice Girls in terms of sales; it does not mean it is the worst solo album from a former Spice Girl. With very little to zero promotion, the album performed poorly when it was released. Such a shame as the album is not bad at all.

Gone are the r'n'b uptempo songs that filled her first solo album "Hot". Acoustic tracks and ballads are very much present in "L.A. State of Mind". With the shift of dance tracks to slow tempo songs, a shift in topic and message of the songs come along as well.

Most of the songs have uplifting lyrics and music that will truly put a smile on your face (i.e., Today, In Too Deep, Hold On, L.A. State of Mind). Soft ballads If I Had My Life Again and Say, Say, Say really chugs your heart.

Finally, Lullaby and Feel Me Now (from her first album) are reborn in Beautiful Girl and Sweet Pleasure respectively.

L.A. State of Mind (the album) is like a rare gem. Only few have it, and those who do are very fortunate.
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