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Melody Import

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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 it's 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 it's influences on it's sleeve. 11 tracks including the first single 'All the Times I Cried'.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B001AS69MY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"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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This woman has a simply sublime voice. I could listen to Sharleen Spiteri sing all day. And she looks as beautiful as her voice. "It Was You" is one of my favorite songs. Buy this album and it'll be one of yours, too.
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Bought this album after hearing the song "I'm Going to Haunt You" at the end of a TV series. It was a wonderful surprise to discover that the other songs on this album are also top notch. I was then even more surprised that I had never heard of Sharleen Spiteri or heard of any of this album's songs on radio stations. Her voice is unique and this album is excellent.
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By now, everyone should know the story behind this record--Sharleen has been pretty open about it. Why it is not a "Texas" record.
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!
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I discovered Sharleen Spiteeri on the Graham Norton show. I t was love at first sound. Her voice is quite beautiful. The songs on this album have a great sound and I love the lyrics. Especially the songs All the times I cried and Daytripper
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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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