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Classic Album Review: Emma Bunton | A Girl Like Me

The Spice Girl splashes around in the shallow end of the pool on her solo debut.

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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):

 


Call it Baby’s Day Out.

Following in the platform-heeled footprints of her Spice sisters Ginger, Scary and Sporty, Emma (Baby Spice) Bunton jumps into solo waters with her debut album. Turns out — big surprise (not) — she’s in the shallow end of the kiddie pool. The dozen tracks on A Girl Like Me are all sweet, creamy and lightly frosted with sugar, like good puff pastry oughta be. And — surprise no. 2 (also not) — they’re about as filling. As Emma coyly skips from lightly sassy dance-floor fare (A Girl Like Me) to innocently romantic soul-hop (Take My Breath Away) and dreamy jangle-pop (What Took You So Long?), only one track really has any substance: Her two-year-old cover of Edie Brickell’s What I Am, with its ironic closing refrain, “Don’t let me get too deep.” Not to worry, Emma.