Passion

Passion

by Geri Halliwell

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Overview

Despite a considerable burst of success with her U.K. double platinum debut album Schizophonic, Geri Halliwell had lost considerable momentum by the time she came to her third solo record in 2005. The blame for this turn of events falls largely on Halliwell herself. Her cartoonish personality worked wonders on cheeky gay disco fluff like "Bag It Up" and "Mi Chico Latino" in 1999, but on her second set, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster, she allowed that persona to detract from the music, resulting in an overly boisterous and largely unlistenable collection of weak tunes and ridiculous excesses. Passion finds Halliwell at a crossroads then. After a few years out of the public eye and with the commercial disappointment of Scream If You Wanna Go Faster to overcome, she has plenty to prove. The album is marketed as her most personal effort to date, the liner notes gush in typical Geri fashion about the ups and downs she has experienced in the last few years, and how they have influenced her songwriting. Although she hasn't turned into Jewel just yet, Passion is markedly more ballad-heavy than her first two albums. She's never been much of a singer, but the pretty arrangements of songs such as "Feel the Fear" and "Let Me Love You More" overcome her vocal shortcomings. Lead single "Ride It" is a fine slice of campy dance-pop, the kind of which Halliwell has always sounded most comfortable with. It easily hit the U.K. Top Five and re-established her position somewhat. Better still is "Love Never Loved Me," a genuine disco song for the 21st century, with heartbroken lyrics over a pulsating dance beat. It's possibly the best thing she has ever done outside of the Spice Girls. There are some failures on the album, but to Halliwell's credit, her album filler is never dull. "Desire" is a strange, sexually charged mix of Shirley Bassey and Madonna which is certainly different, but ultimately doesn't quite work. Opening and closing tracks "Passion" and "So I Give Up on Love" represent a supremely ill advised effort to re-create the cheeky lounge singer vibe of performers like Eartha Kitt and Marilyn Monroe. Halliwell just does not have the range for this kind of material, and she winds up sounding ridiculous. Overall, Passion is a much more appealing record than Scream If You Wanna Go Faster, with enough enjoyable tracks to make up for the handful of disasters. If she can just strike the right balance between her pop sensibilities and the enormity of her personality as she did in the Spice Girls and on her solo debut, she may yet be a force to be reckoned with again.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0094631191527
catalogNumber: 311915
Rank: 71097

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Geri Halliwell   Primary Artist
Tracie Ackerman   Background Vocals
John Barclay   Trumpet
Dave Bishop   Baritone Saxophone
Guy Chambers   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Mitch Dalton   Acoustic Guitar
Snake Davis   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Noel Langley   Trumpet
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Phil Palmer   Guitar (Nylon String)
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Phil Spalding   Bass Guitar
John Themis   Guitar
Philip Todd   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Peter-John Vettese   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Dave Arch   Piano
Simon Hale   Conductor
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Perry Mason   Leader
Damon "Day" Wilson   Drums
Samuel Dixon   Bass
Absolute   Multi Instruments
Claire Worrall   Background Vocals
Matt Vaughan   Keyboards
Gary Nuttall   Background Vocals
Anders Hedlund   Drums
Joe Holweger   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Emma Holmgren   Background Vocals
Tim VanDerKuil   Guitar
Hannah Robinson   Background Vocals
Maria Diephuis   Background Vocals
Magnus Mind   Accordion
Christopher Slaski   Conductor
Mitch Stevenson   Background Vocals
Molly Watkins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Haggart   Engineer
Steve Power   Producer
Andy Duncan   drum programming
Martin Harrington   Producer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
Peter-John Vettese   Programming,Producer,Brass Arrangment
Simon Hale   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Geri Halliwell   Liner Notes
Ash Howes   Producer
Ian Masterson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Instrumentation
Absolute   Producer
Josef Larossi   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Matt Vaughan   Programming
Richard Robson   Programming
Joe Holweger   Composer
Ben Dobie   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Christopher Slaski   String Arrangements
David Treashearn   Engineer
Steve Price   Engineer
Alan Douglas   Engineer

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