After her solo debut, "A girl like me", I did not expect to buy more Emma Bunton albums. "A girl like me" was pleasant and enjoyable, but certainly not memorable in any way. Then I read some fantastic reviews of her follow-up, "Free Me", and I decided to give Emma one more chance. And am I glad that I did !
"Free Me", simply put, is an outstanding pop album like they don't make them anymore. Each song is melodic, carefully crafted, beautifully arranged, and Emma's vocals have never sounded better. This album is a much-needed breath of fresh air over today's boring so-called-R&B dominated music business. Those who don't think that "pop music" is a dirty word will certainly agree with me. "Maybe" is the most infectious and catchy song of the 2000s, and one listen will sink it so deep inside your brains that you will not be able to let it go. But there's plenty more on this album : "You are", "Crickets sing for Annamaria", "Tomorrow", "Amazing", "Breathe", "Lay your love on me", the title track and the lovely closing track "Something so beautiful" are all standouts on an album that's simply too good to be true.
I guess all that's left to say is : get over the Spice Girls issue, and RUSH to buy this highly spirited and refreshing album !