Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Posh Album

"And when it feels so good", the former Posh Spice sings on her unreleased album Open Your Eyes, "I can almost lose my mind/And when it feels so good/Oooh, it makes me crazy, every time"

Ok, Victoria Beckham. We get it. You aren't angling for a Pulitzer for poetry. Grammys probably bore you. In fact, you might even be opposed to the concept of high art. Good for you. I still thoroughly enjoyed your album that never saw official light of day.

I make no secret of the fact that I continue to listen to the Spice Girls long after the spice has lost its flavor. In fact, I unfailingly track their solo efforts. And I haven't been disappointed. The CDs can be good or bad - but they're never boring and often can be bad enough to be a lot of fun.

After the disintegration of the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham put out a single called Out of Your Mind, which insidiously enough still reverberates in my ears. It was a promising beginning. And much of the material Posh has put out is rooted entirely in dance. There are some advantages to going this route.

For one, dance as a genre goes well with Victoria's Posh/Party image. And second, it offers a multitude of nooks and crannies to hide her rather inflexible voice.

Posh, of course, had a colorful life after her time with her uber-band. From ridiculous media-invented face-offs like Posh vs Posher to the rather comical fake lip ring episode which resulted in the erupting of public sentiment at the woman who had built an empire with such limited vocal talent.

There is much admiration to be handed to her. From the way she has handled her marriage to David Beckham under relentless media scrutiny, the sincere way in which she talks about her music and her ability to be a great sport.

Back to the music, Open Your Eyes isn't innovative, although it could have been. But its full of hooks and lyrics expressly written to flow with them.

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