Written for Kurrent Music
Published June 21st 2017
Sometimes, social media is so misleasing. It had been buzzing for days that Geri Horner-Halliwell or Halliwell-Horner, or just Horner or just Halliwell, was releasing a tribute track to George Michael. It’s no secret that the two had gotten really close after she’d promptly left the Spice Girls in 1998. George’s place was already a refuge for several survivors of teen pop bands who had been struggling with success, insecurities and life. Much like George.
Going on the buzz, and the fact that this is Geri’s first single in many years of silence, my level of expectation had sky rocketed. Perhaps the power of a song so publicly personal was putting Geri back on the map again or surprised people of her abilities. I’ve often noticed it myself, that the more personal the songs get, the more people seem to appreciate them and the song, “Angels In Chains”, is a very personal farewell from one friend to another, but that is also where it ends.
For some reason, I don’t think Geri is very well suited for these types of the songs. She gets blown out of the water, vocally, by the background singers in the second verse. She suffers from the same issue I run into, where her voice sounds too thin to get away with everything.