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Classic Album Review: Geri Halliwell | Scream If You Want to Go Faster

The Spice most likely to succeed loses ground on this lacklustre sophomore set.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Say what you will about Ginger, but you gotta give her credit.

Geri Halliwell was smart enough to flee Spice world while the getting was good. Plus she’s the only one of the pre-fab five who’s made a solo album worth hearing again — 1999’s Schizophonic, which boasted a fittingly multi-faceted mix of Latin-pop, dance-floor thump and go-go grooves, along with the irresistible single Look At Me. Sadly, Geri gives up all the ground she gained with this blandly uniform followup. Scream If You Wanna Go Faster’s dozen tracks seldom rise above shallow, predictable dance-pop (do we really need another cover of It’s Raining Men?) and weepy ballads. The title cut has a nice bounce and a twangy guitar, Shake Your Bootie Cutie offers a glimpse of the sassy, brassy Geri and Feels Like Sex is a George Michaelish strum ’n’ bass raveup. But aside from those — and the cheekily self-aware crunch-pop of Heaven And Hell (Being Geri Halliwell) — this is a disappointing effort from the Spice Girl most likely to succeed.