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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.Read more ›
That said, this is "old school" production and arrangement that brings one back to an earlier time. It reminded me of Dusty Springfield.
Spiteri even adopts a softer retro look for this--big hair and makeup--than any of her Texas iterations.
First and most important is the songwriting. Spiteri and McElhone shift gears here writing a different style of music than their Texas work. And there is some truly great song writing on this record. (again, this is the kind of music that was played in order on a phonograph record). It is hard to describe this as a "CD." Regardless of format, these songs should be played in order. There is some storytelling as the songs unfold. Not just a bunch of tracks to be played randomly (or worse "shuffled" into your iPod mix).
The song writing is superb. Spiteri and McElhone are phenomenal songwriters. Melody covers the range of emotions a thoughtful and sensitive person goes through from first learning a lover has jilted (now that's a term from the past and it fits perfectly here) them through the agonizing--"where did it go wrong?"--to reaching a resolve to move on and finally a wistful look back.
The only song I didn't care for is "I'm going to haunt you." (the revenge phase of this emotional roller coaster). The reason is, it is a little too derivative of Nancy Sinatra and her "boots." (a fitting homage but it breaks the spell). The rest is pure magic. "Don't keep me waiting" is possibly the greatest song about the butterflies in the stomach feelings of a new love burgeoning--ever!Read more ›
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This is a pretty good album and she manages to capture that GREAT 60's feel of Dusty, Cilla and DionnePublished 20 months ago by John Eland
How can you not love Sharleen. What a voice and what a talent. You are one of my all times favs. Thank youPublished on March 8, 2013 by MIKE
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 on November 20, 2012 by David J Hebert
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 morePublished on August 24, 2011 by BRains0519
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 morePublished on March 27, 2011 by Cheeks
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 morePublished on December 21, 2010 by Workshoplady
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 morePublished on August 22, 2010 by yellow95
Ordered this CD after I saw her on the Graham Norton Show. Great retro sound and voice, something new and refreshing for once. Read morePublished on August 20, 2010 by Rudy