Friday 8 July 2016

With The Spice Girls Reuniting, Let's Talk about Their Individual Voices

Notice to all of you who survived the '90s: the Spice Girls are reuniting!

Not all of them mind...but more than half! Geri Halliwell ("Ginger"), Emma Bunton ("Baby") and Melanie Brown ("Scary") have sent out the proclamation that they are planning a "party" to celebrate twenty years since the group's inception.

Knowing it would perhaps be cheeky to perform under the Spice Girls banner with only three members, the trio are tentatively going with the new name: GEM. (Anyone who needs explaining as to "why that name?", please see yourselves out.)

Sporty Spice - "the one with the voice"- could potentially still join the trio's celebration, saying, "I am keeping tight-lipped. There are lots of discussions going on." But it seems unlikely that this wavering will be seen from Best Spice Posh, who recently, shadily said: "They used to turn it off and just let the others sing. I got the last laugh – and now my mic is well and truly on, finally.”

Am I really bothered by this announcement? No. But let's use it as an excuse to talk about the Spice Girls and their voices

Geri Halliwell

The need for fame and attention was always strong in the ginger one. Her voice was nothing special, and hard to pick out of the harmonies. But it was her drive that made the Spice Girls what they were. I don't think they would have been half as big without her.

Best solo song: Look At Me

Emma Bunton

Always the boring one to me, but her voice was pleasant. Sweet, feminine, light and rounded-  seriously, there was no edge to this voice at all- she harmonised well, adding warmth and sweetness to the top of group's combined efforts.

Best solo song: What Took You So Long

Victoria Beckham

One of the few times I've thought a singing voice to be ugly. It was laboured, claggy and stiff, with an annoying vibrato. The plus side, she definitely added to the harmonies, giving them body and omph. She was the Spice usually tackling the bass and middle notes, so without her their sound would definitely have lacked richness.

Best solo song: This Groove

Mel C

As mentioned above, the "vocalist" of the group- which isn't saying much. She did have control, I'll give her that, but she was hardly a vocalist of any real merit. Lacking dexterity, what most mistook for ability was actually volume. She was louder than the others with a piercing tone that contrasted with the roundness of the other voices. It was because of this, she was left to handle the majority of the group's belting.

Best solo song: Never Be The Same Again

Mel B

Another ugly voice, but it added grit and energy. Her voice wasn't amazing, by any stretch, but it was unique and low enough to help Posh fill out the harmonies.

Best solo song: I want You back ( This sounds so awful now, but I still love it. Damn you, Missy!)

And finally, to get a taster of how their voices worked together: The Spice Girls in

Destiny's Child didn't have nothing on these girls, let me tell y'all.

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