Reason (Melanie C album)

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Studio album by Melanie C
Released 10 March 2003
Recorded November 2001–December 2002
Length 48:28
Label Virgin
Melanie C chronology
Northern Star
(1999)Northern Star1999
Beautiful Intentions
(2005)Beautiful Intentions2005
Singles from Reason
  1. "Here It Comes Again"
    Released: 24 February 2003
  2. "On the Horizon"
    Released: 2 June 2003
  3. "Melt / Yeh, Yeh, Yeh"
    Released: 10 November 2003

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[1]. The album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions. Most reviews for the album were mixed to positive.

Background and recording[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars [4]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Reason.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Here It Comes Again"
Marius De Vries 4:17
2. "Reason"
Peter-John Vettese 4:20
3. "Lose Myself in You"
  • Melanie Chisholm
  • Matte Rowe
  • Stefan Skarbek
Damian LeGassick 4:12
4. "On the Horizon"
  • Melanie Chisholm
  • Gregg Alexander
  • Rick Nowels
5. "Positively Somewhere"
  • Melanie Chisholm
  • Colin Campsie
  • Phil Thornalley
Damian LeGassick 3:44
6. "Melt"
  • Melanie Chisholm
  • Guy Chambers
7. "Do I"
  • Melanie Chisholm
  • Dave Munday
  • Phil Thornalley
Patrick McCarthy 3:34
8. "Soul Boy" (originally by Edyta Górniak) Paul Buchanan Gary Clark 4:27
9. "Water"
  • Melanie Chisholm
  • Tore Johansson
  • Patrick McCarthy
  • Tore Johansson
10. "Home"
Damian LeGassick 4:38
11. "Let's Love"
  • Melanie Chisholm
  • Dave Munday
  • Phil Thornalley
  • Phil Thornalley
  • Patrick McCarthy
12. "Yeh Yeh Yeh"
Rhett Lawrence 4:20
Total length: 48:28


Title Single Songwriter(s) Producer (s) Length
"Like That" Here It Comes Again - UK CD & Let's Love - Japanese CD Chisholm, Martin Slattery, Scott Shields Martin Slattery, Scott Shields 3:09
"I Love You Without Trying" On The Horizon - UK CD Chisholm, Rick Nowels Rick Nowels 4:10
"Wonderland" On The Horizon - UK DVD Chisholm, Martin Slaterry, Scott Shields Marius de Vries 6:17
"Living Without You" Let's Love - Japanese CD & Here It Comes Again - UK DVD Chisholm, Julian Gallagher, Simon Hale, Richard Stannard Julian Gallagher, Richard Stannard 4:06
"Knocked Out" Yeh Yeh Yeh - European CD & Melt/Yeh Yeh Yeh - UK CD 2 Chisholm, Tore Johansson, Solveig Sandness Tore Johansson 3:50

Known outtakes[edit]

  • "Help Me Help You" – 4:00
  • "Full of Fire" – 4:21
    • Leaked online on 19 February 2016.


Chart (2003) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 71
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[6] 39
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 69
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 36
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 13
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 47
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 5


Region Provider Certification
United Kingdom[15] BPI Gold


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  2. ^ "MELANIE ROCKS OUT". Dotmusic. 15 October 2001. Archived from the original on 21 December 2003. 
  3. ^ "MEL C "NEEDS SPACE"". Dotmusic. 22 November 2000. Archived from the original on 21 December 2003. 
  4. ^ Reason at AllMusic
  5. ^ "The ARIA Report #684" (PDF). Pandora Web Archive. National Library of Australia and Partners. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  6. ^ " – Melanie C – Reason" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  7. ^ " – Melanie C – Reason" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  8. ^ "Melanie C: Reason" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  9. ^ " – Melanie C – Reason" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  10. ^ " – Discography Melanie C". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  12. ^ " – Melanie C – Reason". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  13. ^ " – Melanie C – Reason". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  14. ^ "Melanie C | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  15. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 

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