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post Apr 25 2019, 05:25 AM
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Thanks to the 14 of you who submitted your ranks! Let's see what our collective first impressions of the My Happy Place album looks like...

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post Apr 25 2019, 05:39 AM
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10th - 2 Become 1 (feat. Robbie Williams) [36 points]



Highest Rank Position: 5th - dachiki, vibe
Lowest Rank Position: 10th - Jay, Mr.X, Babyboy, Spiceboy, Michael Andrew, hermespice


Placing last, perhaps surprisingly, is Emma's cover of her Spice Girls classic '2 Become 1'!

Emma first tackled '2 Become 1' away from the other girls in 2003, when she performed it by herself on the UK television show CD:UK. Fast forward 16 years and she's finally given us a studio version, with one notable difference - the inclusion of a duet partner: Robbie Williams!

This pairing actually stems back to 2016, when Robbie invited Emma to sing '2 Become 1' with him during a live set. Afterwards, Emma noticed that the performance received a warm reception on social media - which she cites as one of the reasons that eventually lead her to back to the recording studio. Emma decided to record '2 Become 1' for her new album because it's her favourite Spice Girls song, and she decided to email Robbie to recreate the magic of the performance.

Personally, I think the end result leaves a lot to be desired. sad.gif This studio version sounds very rough to me, and I don't think either artist are anywhere close to being at their best, vocally. I felt that their live performance had some chemistry to it, which seems absent on this recording - perhaps due to the fact that they recorded their lines separately from each other. Honestly, I think I'd have preferred this as an Emma solo.

'2 Become 1' is currently her second highest 'My Happy Place' track in her "Popular Top 10" list on Spotify, so it seems the combination of a Spice Girls classic & Robbie Williams has drawn in more listeners than her other offerings. Most of us seem to agree there's better songs to be found on the album though!


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post Apr 25 2019, 06:03 AM
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9th - Come Away with Me (feat. Josh Kumra) [37 points]



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Narrowly avoiding last place is 'Come Away with Me', a cover of a Norah Jones single from her huge 2002 album of the same name. Emma revealed that this is a song that she & her partner Jade Jones fell in love to. It is a very romantic song!

Her duet partner here is Josh Kumra, a 28 year old British singer-songwriter, best known for his 2011 #1 single 'Don't Go'.

It appears this isn't regarded as a particular album highlight by anyone, with the most generous ranks placing it 7th.

A connection between Emma Bunton & Norah Jones is that both artists released their second albums in the same week - 'Free Me' and 'Feels Like Home', respectively. In the UK, Norah Jones entered at #1 while Emma placed at #7. Funnily enough 15 years later, 'My Happy Place' came out in the same week as Norah's latest release 'Begin Again' - but the tables have turned. Emma made it to a respectable #11, while Norah's album missed the Top 100.


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post Apr 25 2019, 06:26 AM
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No real loses so far, though I hope Emotion is out next
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post Apr 25 2019, 08:57 AM
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I honestly would've loved '2 Become 1' as a solo.

As a commercial decision, I understand Emma's thinking on the duet. It could've been good. But Robbie murdered it for me. It's as though he's trying too hard to demonstrate his vocal range, rather than honouring the soulful nature of the song.
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Here comes the sun is by far the worst !
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post Apr 25 2019, 01:07 PM
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8th - Here Comes the Sun [42 points]



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...but only the third worst in these results!

Originally by The Beatles, Emma revealed that 'Here Comes the Sun' was playing as she gave birth to her first born son Beau. Obviously this makes it very a special song to her, so much so that she was worried she'd cry while performing it on Radio 2! The intro of the song also alludes to how emotional it makes Emma, via a sweet conversation with Beau.


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post Apr 27 2019, 10:43 AM
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7th - You're All I Need to Get By (feat. Jade Jones) [58 points]



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Another song on the record that is a family moment! This cover of the 60s classic by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell is a duet between Emma Bunton and her partner Jade Jones, with their youngest son Tate (is it just Tate? I don't think Beau is involved?) providing a spoken & vocal intro to the song. Emma & Jade performed this together on Radio 2 to promote the album, and a music video is filmed but yet to be released.


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post Apr 27 2019, 11:19 AM
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Not surprised by the results at all. A bit of a shame that Emma is actually releasing You're All I Need To Get By when there are MUCH better songs (and better produced ohmy.gif ) on the album...
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What happened to the video ?
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post May 5 2019, 07:47 PM
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6th - Emotion [61 points]



Highest Rank Position: 4th - SouthernStar88
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'Emotion' is a cover of the 1977 song by Australian singer Samantha Sang. It was written by Barry & Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who recorded their own version in 1994 (but wasn't released commercially until 2001!). Destiny's Child achieved an international hit with their cover version in 2001.

Emma says that the song makes her feel emotional whenever she hears it, and revealed that her partner Jade, her mum and her kids all wanted her to record it for her own album.


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post May 5 2019, 10:39 PM
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my opinions have changed a bit since first impressions. Don't Call Me Baby now ranks much lower for me... her vocal somewhat underminds the song and the track really goes nowhere.
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post May 17 2019, 02:03 AM
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5th - I Only Want to Be With You (feat. Will Young) [74 points]



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Emma's highest placed duet is with Will Young, on 'I Only Want to Be With You'! Originally by Dusty Springfield (released in 1963 as her debut single), Emma & Will's take on the classic is to slow it right down and transform it into a touching ballad. Emma revealed that the song took a while to record because she & Will couldn't stop gossiping in the studio!


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Still my fav on the album.
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post Jul 28 2019, 01:15 PM
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What took you so long...
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post Jul 28 2019, 05:04 PM
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Seems like Jay forgot about this thread, but tbh that's how the public reacted to the album in the first place cool.gif
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post Jul 29 2019, 02:29 PM
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Haha
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post Jul 29 2019, 03:03 PM
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Eduardo and Mr X handing them disses like pros cool.gif laugh.gif
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post Jul 29 2019, 03:05 PM
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kink.gif Iíll finish this off soon!
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