Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, not to mention Rodney Jerkins
have got a lot to answer for with this one. Spice Girls
it ain't, pseudo R'n'B it is!
When one thinks of 'manufactured' acts and pre-fabricated
popsters, the Spice Girls are usually top of the list.
Their first album, Spice, released in 1996 left many
a pre-pubescent girl out of pocket. Obviously this was
very well targeted and subsequent efforts to quash the
effect of Ginga Spice's departure lead to a metamorphosis
of all five girls (except Baby Spice!). The Spice Girls
had finally, almost, grown up. 'Forever' will probably
mark this melodical maturity as the final mile post
in their career together. The first track, Holler, leaves
me wondering why Lucy Pearl hasn't sued them ! If only
she'd had the same amount of airplay...
The R'n'B flava continues and is uncomfortably broken
up by Mel C's drama student droning.
Verdict: Don't let the bass fool you, and don't play
it too loud in your car 'cause 'Goodbye' kicks in at
KOOL Rating: **/5