Forever

  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Nov 7, 2000
Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. The set oozes with timely funk beats and the kind of well-crafted songs that No. 1 hits are made of.
  2. 70
    A frothy soufflé of an album, heavy on the groovy dance beats and go-girl goodwill, light on profundity.
  3. It's been almost five years since England's Spice Girls had people smiling or sneering. Their third album, Forever, will probably provoke a reaction somewhere in the middle -- with one exception, it's just OK.
  4. Every genre cliché, from homogenized harmonies to delicately plucked stringed instruments to male rapper interjections, is securely in place. The music is so tasteful, restrained, and assembly line proficient that it makes early singles like ''Say You'll Be There'' sound like the rawest punk rock.
  5. "Forever" is about as glossy as it gets. It's also understandably predictable.
  6. An album of bland and relatively anonymous adult pop that rarely gets racier than offering to "keep you up all night" and "make you holler."
  7. Yes, this is their "mature" album, the one where the once effervescent combo that could be counted on for enough hooky innuendoes to excite pre-teen girls and dirty young men alike aspire toward some sort of longer-lasting pop relevance. Which translates here into ballads and a huge dose of R&B-lite. It all sounds very professional, though only a hardcore fan can deny that the bloom is definitely off the rose.
  8. Sure, they make all the right moves, hiring superstar producer Rodney Jerkins to helm most of the tracks and attempting to seem mature, but this all results in a record that is curiously self-conscious and flat. Neither the production, the songs, or the performances have much life to them, with the exception of the closer "Goodbye," which significantly was released as a Christmas single in 1999, long before the rest of the record was finished.
  9. There's no gentle way of saying this, so let's cut to the chase. This record is, quite simply, useless.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Dec 15, 2015
    8
    Let's admit: their timing was terrible, they should've stick to their bubble gum party pop instead of going with heavy R&B influences (well,Let's admit: their timing was terrible, they should've stick to their bubble gum party pop instead of going with heavy R&B influences (well, the space of R&B influenced girlgroups was well filled by Destiny's Child and TLC already). However, it showed that they can sound mature and give realistic romantic proposals, unlike the previous two albums. This is the Spice Girls album that the non-Spice Girls fan will like the most. Full Review »
  2. May 28, 2014
    0
    "The spice girls are the woman leaders of the century"The spice girls are the woman leaders of the century ".............................................................................................................................................................. Full Review »
  3. May 3, 2012
    5
    This isn't the original Spice Girls we intended it to be. Now as a Spice Girl fan, it hasn't had an amazing hit from it. Yes, maybe "Holler"This isn't the original Spice Girls we intended it to be. Now as a Spice Girl fan, it hasn't had an amazing hit from it. Yes, maybe "Holler" took its turn, but the rest of the album had less, yet horrid promotion. And the chart stats of this album wasn't an improvement either. And if they were a current band right now, their albums would have been the best, but not this..... "album" you say. Full Review »