Mel C Finds Her 2016 Pop Star Footing on ‘Anymore,’ A Dark Disco Banger
In 1999, Mel C—a.k.a. Sporty Spice—released her debut solo album, Northern Star. A critical and commercial smash thanks to its Hex Hector-remixed single, "I Turn to You," as well as the Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes-assisted "Never Be the Same Again," the record has since solidified itself as the most successful solo offering from any of the five Spice Girls.
This past August, Melanie wrote an essay for LOVE magazine on fame, the legacy of her iconic '90s girl group, as well as her personal reasons for not participating in a 20th anniversary reunion group with Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Mel B (Scary Spice) and Geri Horner (Ginger Spice).
Briefly, the singer also brought up her forthcoming seventh studio album, Version of Me, writing, "Preparing to release a new album of my own music after five years away, it’s crazy how much the music industry has changed. It’s a different world compared to the heady days of the Spice Girls..."
The industry has indeed changed tremendously since the bubblegum days of Spice. Yet somehow, on her lead single off the upcoming album, Melanie (or a very modern pop star Version of herself) seems to fit in with the sound of 2016 effortlessly.
On "Anymore," the artist finds her footing in a post-Weeknd soundscape of moody electronic dark disco beats and hazy, strobe-lit production. Amid the dance floor claps and smokey nightclub ambiance, a triumphant, horn-like synth bursts through on the chorus, the artist singing, "I hear the music but I can't dance / I should be moving but I'm stuck / And I need to fight this feeling so I'll stay here on the floor / I'm not supposed to love you, not supposed to love you anymore..."
For someone who has been in the music biz for over two decades, the lyrics may read as a sort of mission statement: In a cool-pop radio landscape dominated by the youthful likes of Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, against all odds Mel C—much like her '90s contemporary Britney Spears on Glory—has found the beat once more... and she'll never be the same again.
Version of Me is due out October 21.
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