Standing Tall

Standing Tall

by Kym Marsh



It takes a brave person to leave one of Britain's biggest pop groups at the peak of their success but that's exactly what Kym Marsh did at the end of 2001, just months after scoring a number one single and album with original TV pop stars Hear'Say. The fact that they faced a huge backlash before virtually imploding soon after her departure suggests it was a wise decision. Two years later, she returns with her debut solo album Standing Tall. Eschewing the plastic manufactured pop of her former band for a more acoustic pop sound, it's certainly a more mature effort, but it's unlikely to score points for originality. Lead single "Cry" is basically a remake of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn," "Come on Over"'s breezy chorus is reminiscent of White on Blonde-era Texas, and "Shine on Me" sounds like mid-'90s Oasis. But while it's never going to set the world alight, its radio-friendly sunny disposition makes it hard to dislike. And it's to Marsh's credit that the gentle acoustic verses/guitar-pop chorus formula that dominates the majority of the album only begins to wear thin near the end of its overlong 15 tracks. Elsewhere, the bluesy feel of the title track recalls vintage Sheryl Crow; "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today," with its spoken word verses, is a slice of polished guitar-driven power pop, while "After Goodbye" is the kind of '80s power ballad that you just can't help but sing along to. Marsh is undoubtedly a talented vocalist but her stage school background is all too apparent and her tendency to veer into musical theater territory alongside the more rock-led moments sometimes grates. But few would have predicted she was capable of something as accomplished as this from her initial TV auditions. It'll be lucky to sell a tenth as Hear'Say's debut, but it's certainly ten times more appealing.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2003
Label: Universal Import
UPC: 0602498000359
catalogNumber: 9800035

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kym Marsh   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tracie Ackerman   Background Vocals
Keith Beauvais   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Greg Bone   Guitar
Robin Boult   Acoustic Guitar
Phil Hudson   Guitar
Steve Lewinson   Bass
Julie Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Mark Topham   Bass
Karl Twigg   Keyboards
Wayne Wilkins   Drums
Emerson Swinford   Guitar
Yvonne John Lewis   Background Vocals
John Reid   Background Vocals
Jim Marr   Keyboards
Wendy Page   Background Vocals
Bernt Rune Stray   Electric Guitar
Tom Crook   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Martin Harrington   Composer,Producer
John Holliday   Composer
Trevor Steel   Composer
Julie Thompson   Composer
W. Amar the Wizard Wilkins   Composer
Andrew Scheps   Engineer
Ash Howes   Composer,Producer
Espen Lind   Composer
Richard Wilkinson   Engineer
Karl Twigg   drum programming
Wayne Wilkins   Producer
James Sanger   Programming
Jon Marius Aareskjold   Engineer
Kym Marsh   Composer
Jim Marr   Composer,Programming
Wendy Page   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Avril Mackintosh   Composer,Producer

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