Spice Girls
Greatest Hits


3.5
great

Review

by David Driver USER (80 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Spice Girls, one of the most popular groups of all time, relive their popularity with a largely impressive collection of their biggest songs.

Love them or hate them, the Spice Girls are one of the iconic musical groups of the 90s and the most successful girl group of all time. I unfortunately happened to be in the fifth grade when their debut album Spice came out in 1996, and thanks to my under-developed taste in music, I grew an affection for them and now they’re stuck forever as a guilty pleasure for me. So when they released their greatest hits compilation two years ago, cleverly titled Greatest Hits, I found myself, a 20-year-old ruffian with a firm affection for heavy music, squealing like a little girl. With their greatest hits compilation, are the Spice Girls everything I remember them to be, or were they just talent-less fluffs with a big hit song here and there?

Shockingly enough, Spice Girl’s Greatest Hits does feature some fantastic songs. “Say You’ll Be There”, “Who Do You Think You Are?”, “Spice Up Your Life” and “Stop” are just as free-wheeling and enjoyable as they were back in the day, with stomping grooves and inspired hooks. Each of these songs even has, dare I say, a unique spice to it: who can resist the harmonica solo in “Say You’ll Be There”, the funky bass line of “Who Do You Think You Are?”, the salsa charm of “Spice Up Your Life” or the catchy horns in “Stop”? I sure as shootin’ can’t, and they prove to stand up to the test of time as being truly catchy numbers.

The ballads found on Greatest Hits are also stellar songs. “2 Become 1” (that, now in my later years, has revealed itself to be way more sexy and scandalous than I remember), “Too Much”, “Goodbye” and “Viva Forever” are all very tasteful and emotionally sweeping. “Too Much” still proves to be my favourite Spice Girl’s song, as it houses a punchy bass line, strings, horns, flanger-soaked guitar and fantastic vocal performances and hooks, most specifically Sporty’s pre-chorus showcase. As with any successful pop group, the Spice Girls can make you dance, but they can also make you weep like a baby.

Of course, my trip down memory lane isn’t all smiles and sunshine. “Wannabe”, complete with its downright awful lyrics and hambone rapping, makes me want to jump off a cliff. “Mama”, although a good vocal performance, is way too cheesy to have any merit. “Move Over”, once accompanying a Pepsi commercial, is complete and total filler. Cuts from their four-piece effort Forever, “Holler” and “Let Love Lead The Way”, along with the two new songs included, “Headlines” and “Voodoo”, are minimal efforts that are just plain average listens. As with most greatest hits compilations, some good songs in their catalogue that weren’t on the radio fail to make the album, most specifically “Love Thing” and “If You Can’t Dance” from Spice and “Never Give Up On The Good Times” from Spiceworld. It’s a shame that these great songs didn’t make the cut, but for a greatest hits collection of a pop group, that’s mostly par for the course.

In the end, I’d like to think that my love affair with the Spice Girls is justified. Sure, they had some downright stinkers, but most of their catalogue is fun, funky and just an all-around good time. Girl power, man! Girl power!

Now excuse me while I go climb a mountain and furiously beat my chest.



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Masochist
October 22nd 2009


8028 Comments


I'm like you--when this came out, my music tastes centered very much around what my older sister's music tastes were, hence the nostalgia for me.

"Wannabe" is pure fun; I can't listen to that song without picturing Homer Simpson belting out the lyrics with a boombox on his shoulder. I like "Spice Up Your Life" a bit, as well. My favorite song by them isn't on here, though: "The Lady Is a Vamp"...too bad.

Anyways, good review. Now excuse me while I go listen to Whitechapel.

Cesar
October 22nd 2009


2732 Comments


good review, but come on man, spice girls really?

I used to like the movie when I was little lol, had a crush on Baby Spice. My sister loved them.

Beauville88
October 22nd 2009


221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, but come on man, spice girls really?


Don't give me that. Spice up your life!

Cesar
October 22nd 2009


2732 Comments


I'm hispanic, I get enough spices in my food ;)

DiceMan
October 22nd 2009


7068 Comments


Embarassing but the review is good!

BallsToTheWall
October 22nd 2009


44351 Comments


Good review. I used to listen to them a bit when I was younger but was more infatuated with S Club 7.

Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

XulOnerom
October 22nd 2009


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh, my childhood days...

Good times

Poet
October 22nd 2009


5933 Comments


S Club 7 and the Spice Girls will always be metuhl enough for me

BallsToTheWall
October 22nd 2009


44351 Comments


Im trying not to cry while listening to Say Goodbye.

Gyromania
October 22nd 2009


15706 Comments


Nostalgia... I actually really like Viva Forever

pizzamachine
October 22nd 2009


12571 Comments


Craaazy band! Impossible to forget them.

mvdu
October 23rd 2009


605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still better than a lot of pop. Guilty pleasure.

cirq
October 23rd 2009


9264 Comments


if you wanna be my lover...

LouderNow7
October 26th 2009


10 Comments


i guess these guys will always be an all time favourite

AtavanHalen
October 26th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know all the words to most of these songs. Love it.



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