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It's hard not to see Sharleen Spiteri's first solo album Melody as some kind of reaction to the success of British retro-soul divas Amy Winehouse and Duffy, singers who expanded upon the blend of Motown and Dusty Sharleen sketched out with Texas in the '90s, turning it into something a little bit sexier, something a little bit more modern. Spiteri's response is to scale back the creeping upscale digital sheen of latter-day Texas records and get thoroughly '60s on Melody, crafting a full-fledged re-creation of the sound of soulful, swinging London. Strings sigh, horns glide, Spiteri is supported by girl groups as she sings sprightly melodies that often bring to mind Dusty at her prime, but she also cops a bit of Nancy Sinatra's on "I'm Going to Haunt You." There may be some slight modern flair in the drum loops of the title track, but Melody is noteworthy in its retro purity: it's a sleek yet warm tribute to classic '60s pop, sounding richer and fuller than almost anything Texas did after turning into U.K. stars.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2008
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0602517692657
catalogNumber: 1769265
Rank: 56331

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharleen Spiteri   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Bannister   Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Bernard Butler   Bass
Caroline Dale   Cello
Dante Gizzi   Background Vocals
Sally Herbert   Violin
Johnny McElhone   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
George Miller   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Saxophone,Tom-Tom
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Peter Lale   Viola
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Michael Leonhart   Trumpet
David McAlmont   Harmony
Jim Hunt   Saxophone
Everton Nelson   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Emily MacPherson   Strings
Ross Hamilton   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Makoto Sakamoto   Percussion,Drums
Dominic Glover   Trumpet
Ryan Quigley   Trumpet
Emily Singleton   Violin
Michael Dean Church   Rhythm Guitar
Signy Jakobsdottir   Percussion
Paul Towndrow   Saxophone
Nicol Thomson   Trombone
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

Sharleen Spiteri   Producer
Michael Bannister   Programming
Bernard Butler   Producer
Sally Herbert   String Arrangements
George Miller   Producer

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