Reason is the second album by English singer-songwriter, Melanie C. It was the follow up album to Northern Star. Released on 10 March 2003, it reached number five in the UK Albums Chart, selling 30,876 copies in its first week. Although not performing as well as Northern Star, Reason has a Gold certification in the United Kingdom, with 101,889 copies sold. The album has sold 500,000 copies worldwide. The album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions. Most reviews for the album were mixed to positive.
After the massive success of Northern Star, Melanie C was considered the only member of the Spice Girls to be able to establish a steady successful career as a solo artist. By the end of 2003 she was the only member of the Spice Girls to have a contract with Virgin Records, since all of the rest of the Spice Girls were dropped by their record label as solo artists. Melanie C had spent most of 2000 and 2001 touring around the world, promoting Northern Star, planning to enter the studio at the end of 2001, to start recording her new album. It was a tough time, as Melanie was diagnosed with depression in 1999. She later encountered that it was really difficult for her to handle all the publicity and the hard work during the Spice Girls days, a period that she would spend days eating too little and exercise to the limits. At the end of 1999, her depression worsened and spent days in bed, not being able to cope with day routine. After being diagnosed with depression she was prescripted antidepressants for 18 months, dealing with eating disorders and having to face a really hostile media reaction questioning different topics from her weight to her sexuality.
During the early stages of Reason's recording sessions, Virgin Record executives were quite worried about the musical style of the second album, since her biggest hits from her solo album was an R&B single (Never Be the Same Again) and a dance single (I Turn To You), while Melanie C insisted that she wanted to keep making pop rock albums. They were also really concerned about her image and she was under pressure to lose weight. Melanie C had already stated that she wanted to work with new producers, while keeping some of her debut album. One of the first songs to be recorded was Here It Comes Again, which finally served as the first single. The song was produced by Marius De Vries, the only producer along with Rick Nowels and Rhett Lawrence from Northern Star that worked as a producer for Reason.