it's taken me a while to post comments on the album as i (pre-)ordered it to ship from UK to Canada and had a bit of a wait to receive it, and then to digest the album appropriately before putting my thoughts up here.
in a word: GREAT!
The Sea far exceeded my expectations. i knew i'd love something about the album, whether immediately or after a time, but this whole thing blew me away right from the get-go. it reminds me most of Northern Star, which has been my fave Mel C album all along. now i'm thinking The Sea might be just as good... or nearly as good. or better? hard to say. yet.
Melanie's voice is as strong and amazing as ever, often moving me and giving me energy when i need it. perfect music to play just before a training run or a race!
i love that there are strings on every song, creating a sort of link between them all, and giving the whole album a big, full sound. really nice use of keyboards and super-heavy bass. even though there is fine, effective guitar-work on there, i do miss the tremendous soloing of Paul Gendler. what little i can detect is buried in the mix. but that aside, the album is still so strong that i'd give it two thumbs up (or a 4.5 rating out of 5).
there isn't a bad song (or moment) on the album, so it's tough to name just a few favourites, but i guess i'd say my choices are:
Think about it
One by one
ooops, that's nearly the whole album....
excellent job, Melanie... thank you so much for such a great album!